The first letters have been received for political prisoners languishing in the dungeons of the FSS (Federal Security Service) in Crimea. Concerned people send the letters not only from Ukraine, but also from other countries. So, for example, all eight Crimean political prisoners have received letters with New Year's greetings and wishes of health and tenacity from Melbourne, Australia.
Ukrainians also wish them strength and calmness, saying that they admire their fortitude.
All the letters will soon be transferred to Crimea, and according to the international standards with regard to occupied territories they must be delivered to the addressees in the Crimean peninsula.
It should be mentioned that 8 of 21 Ukrainian 'hostages of the Kremlin' are being kept illegally in custody in Crimea: Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermendzhy and Ali Asanov - in the so-called case of 'February 26'; Ruslan Zeytullaev, Yuri Primov, Ferat Sayfullaev, Rustem Vaitov - in the case of 'Hizb-ut Tahrir', as well as a Ukrainian activist Yuri Ilchenko.
The marathon in support of the Ukrainian political prisoners was launched on December 26, 2015. All concerned citizens of Ukraine and other countries are called upon to send letters to political prisoners in Russia and the occupied Crimea.
The Representation of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars in Kyiv and the Center for Civil Liberties are the initiators of the action.
Letters to the prisoners held in Crimea, should be sent to the Representative Office of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars in Kyiv: 22/14 Sedovtsev St., Kyiv 01014, specifying the prisoner's name and year of birth:
ZEYTULLAEV Ruslan Borisovich, 1984
PRIMOV Yuri Vladimirovich, 1976
SAYFULLAEV Ferat Refatovich, 1983
VAITOV Rustem Mamutovich, 1985
CHIYGOZ Ahtem Zeytullaevich, 1964
DEGERMENDZHY Mustafa Bakir ogly, 1989
ASANOV Ali Ahmedovich, 1982
ILCHENKO Yuri Gennadievich, 1978
One of the objectives of the action is to provide moral support for prisoners kept in the dungeons of the FSS on trumped-up charges.
Such public attention is very important for those held in prison. According to Mustafa Jemilev, the Leader of Crimean Tatars and a dissident who was in prison for more than 15 years, such letters are a huge moral support for prisoners.