It is not possible to count the exact number of Ukrainian political prisoners in the Crimea, Tamila Tasheva, the coordinator of the public initiative CrimeaSOS, said at the press conference "The hunger strike of Emir-Usein Kuku for the release of Ukrainian political prisoners".
According to her, there are disagreements on who should be considered political prisoners in the Crimea.
“For example, there are several Ukrainians former servicemen who have defected to the occupation army, and then they were accused of espionage. Or there is a prisoner in the Crimea, who was detained a year ago. He pleaded guilty, the trial passed in his case. He spoke on all Russian TV channels with confession, and most organizations did not include him in the lists of political prisoners. There are also Stepanchenko and Nazimov, who do not pass in most lists of human rights activists as prisoners of conscience, although they were detained for political reasons," Tasheva said.
So, according to the data of the social initiative "CrimeaSOS", 96 cases of politically motivated persecution were recorded in the Crimea. The persons involved in the cases include people who are in prison, under a written undertaking not to leave or under house arrest.
“According to our information, there are 66 people in places of deprivation of liberty. And there are political prisoners on the territory of the Russian Federation. A number of people from the Crimea are considered missing or kidnapped. We do not know if they are alive, or in the FSB's dungeons," she said.
Speaking about the number of Kremlin prisoners, human rights activists are constantly trying to clarify the lists.
Earlier it was reported that the European Union called on the Russian Federation to release political prisoners. A corresponding statement was made by the President of the European Council Donald Tusk during a press conference following the Ukraine-EU summit in Brussels. He expressed regret that Oleg Sentsov continues to remain in prison and has been on hunger strike for over 60 days.