KYIV (QHA) -

To render assistance to Ukrainian political prisoners about 96 million hryvnia were allocated. Yusuf Kurkchi, First Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine made a corresponding statement during the meeting of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars on July 21, QHA correspondent reports.

According to him, the money is included in the budget, but to pay them to the families of political prisoners, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine should pass a law on the status of political prisoners.

“Money is allocated, but there is no corresponding law. To pay them, we need to create a commission. Ukrainian legislation has no law on political prisoners. Therefore, it is very difficult to take any measures to provide social assistance," Kurkchi stressed.

He went on saying that the relevant bill was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada for consideration a year ago, but it has not yet been adopted.

The leader of the Crimean Tatars, the Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine for Crimean Tatar People Affairs Mustafa Dzhemilev noted that an ad hoc working group will be created to resolve the issue.

Reference: The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered a bill “On recognition of persons deprived of their liberty for political reasons by decision of the authorities of the Russian Federation as political prisoners and the conditions and procedure for granting them state social assistance and benefits.” The co-author of the document is Ministry for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine.

QHA