Statement of the CivilM + platform regarding the release of some of illegally detained people in Russia, Crimea and the non government controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions

On September 7, 2019, 35 people who had been in custody in Russia returned to Ukraine.

All of them were deprived of their liberty in connection with the annexation of Crimea and the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. Among them are Ukrainian sailors, whose release was to take place in accordance with the decision of the UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, as well as unjustly convicted Ukrainian citizens Roman Sushchenko, Oleg Sentsov, Olexandr Kolchenko, Volodymyr Balukh, Stanislav Klykh, Mykola Karpiuk, Oleksii Syzonovych, Pavlo Gryb, Eden Bekirov, Yevhen Panov, Artur Panov. The list of persons who were in retaliation extradited to Russia suggests the idea that the release of Ukrainian citizens did not occur as an act of goodwill, reconciliation, recognition of the rule of law, or the implementation of the decision of the International Tribunal, but as an act of bargaining, since the Russian leadership was interested in returning to its territory of specific individuals, such as Volodymyr Tsemakh.

Moreover, the release of 35 people does not resolve the problem of persons illegally detained in Russia, Crimea and the uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

According to human rights defenders, at least 86 citizens of Ukraine are detained only in the territory controlled by Russia (see the list compiled by the Center for Civil Liberties below). Also, according to Ukrainian human rights defenders, at least 227 people are held in custody in the territory of the non-government controlled districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.  In the circumstances concerned we urge:

  • to abandon the concept of exchange, which is contrary to humanitarian principles, and immediately release all detainees who are not involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity;
  • The EU and the Governments of the Member States - not to stop efforts aimed at the immediate release of all illegally detained in custody in Russia, Crimea and the non-government controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and to strengthen monitoring of the cases of detainees and the provision of necessary humanitarian assistance to them;
  • Parliament of Ukraine - to regulate at the legislative level the issue of the legal status of persons illegally detained in Russia and in the territory of the non-government controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and harmonise domestic criminal law with international humanitarian law by adopting the Draft Law #0892

Name list of people illegally detained in Russia and Crimea:

  1. Abiltarov Rustem
  2. Abdulgaziev Tofik
  3. Abdulganiev Eskender
  4. Abdulkadirov Vladlen
  5. Abdullaiev Izet
  6. Abdullaiev Teimur
  7. Abdullaiev Uzeir
  8. Abdurakhmanov Medzhit
  9. Abiliev Rustem
  10. Abseitov Zevri
  11. Abkhairov Arsen
  12. Adilov Bilial
  13. Aivazov Raim
  14. Aliev Muslim
  15. Alimov Refat
  16. Ametov Enver
  17. Ametov Ernes
  18. Arifmemetov Osman
  19. Asanov Marlen
  20. Bazarov Farkhod
  21. Bakirov Akim
  22. Bekirov Enver
  23. Bekirov Remzi
  24. Bielialov Memet
  25. Bessarabov Oleksii
  26. Vaitov Rustem
  27. Vygovskyi Valentyn
  28. Gaziiev Server
  29. Gafarov Dzhemil
  30. Gafarov Diliaver
  31. Davydenko Kostiantyn
  32. Dzhemadenov Emil
  33. Dzhepparov Aider
  34. Dzhepparov Arsen
  35. Dudka Volodymyr
  36. Emiruseinov Rustem
  37. Zakhtei Andrii
  38. Zeitullaiev Ruslan
  39. Zekiriaiev Server
  40. Ibrahimov Tymur
  41. Izetov Riza
  42. Ismailov Rustem
  43. Kadyrov Edem
  44. Kantemyrov Eldar
  45. Karakashev Yevhen
  46. Karimov Alim
  47. Kiyashko Ihor
  48. Kolomyiets Andrii
  49. Kuku Emir Usein
  50. Limeshko Hennadii
  51. Mamutov Enver
  52. Masharipov Iunus
  53. Memedeminov Nariman
  54. Memetov Remzi
  55. Mesutov Ruslan
  56. Muedinov Iashar
  57. Murtaza Seiran
  58. Mustafaiev Server
  59. Nagaiev Ruslan
  60. Omerov Enver
  61. Omerov Riza
  62. Osmanov Erfan
  63. Primov Iurii
  64. Sagandzhy Fevzi
  65. Saifullaiev Ferat
  66. Saledinov Aider
  67. Saliev Seiran
  68. Siruk Vadym
  69. Seitabdiev Seitveli
  70. Seitosmanov Enver
  71. Seitkhalilov Rustem
  72. Smailov Edem
  73. Stohnii Oleksii
  74. Suleimanov Eskender
  75. Suleimanov Renat
  76. Suleimanov Ruslan
  77. Umerov Shaban
  78. Khalilov Lenur
  79. Chirnii Oleksii
  80. Shablii Glib
  81. Sheikhaliiev Rustem
  82. Shyptur Mykola
  83. Shtiblikov Dmytro
  84. Shumkov Oleksandr
  85. Shur Viktor
  86. Ianikov Asan

Signatories of the statement:

Center for Civil Liberties (Ukraine)

Kharkiv Human Rights Group (Ukraine)

Luhansk oblast human rights center “Alternativa”

NGO Kraina Vilnykh Liudei (Ukraine)

Truth Hounds (Ukraine)

Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (Ukraine)

Human Rights Center “Memorial” (Russia)

NGO “Citizen and Army” (Russia)

DRA (Germany)

Memorial Deutschland (Germany)

Helsinki Citizens Assembly (France)

Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland)

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