Yesterday, July 18, activists in St. Petersburg held pickets in support of Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian political prisoners, according to the information on the page "Strategy-18. Petersburg in support of the Crimean Tatars "on Facebook.
Pickets were devoted to Crimean Tatars imprisoned on political grounds, who are in the so-called "Sentsov's list", the release of which became a condition for stopping the hunger strike of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov.
“We, of course, demand the release of all Ukrainian prisoners who became political hostages of the Kremlin, for which Oleg Sentsov took such an extreme measure as an unlimited hunger strike. But on this day we traditionally paid special attention to those of them who fell victim to the policy of repression of the Crimean Tatar people, observed in the occupied Crimea," reads the message.
The activists demanded to stop the persecution of the Crimean Tatars, as well as to bring to justice the Russian authorities, involved in repressions against the Crimean Tatar people.
“We consider it a shame for our country to use the citizens of Ukraine as political hostages of the Russian government. We demand to fulfill the conditions of Oleg Sentsov, and freeing them, to save his life. We demand to release him without any additional conditions. And to begin with - access to him and to all Ukrainian citizens in Russian prisons must be ensured for official representatives of Ukraine in accordance with the norms of international law.”
QHA reported that the court in St. Petersburg had arrested the activist of the Solidarity movement Olga Smirnova for 5 days for picketing in support of Oleg Sentsov.
Earlier, during the World Cup in Russia, Olga Smirnova also participated in actions in support of Sentsov. She was detained several times, and also once placed under administrative arrest.