Updated lists of political prisoners in Russia have been published. The list is posted on the website of Russian human rights center Memorial.
“Traditionally, on October 30, on the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repressions, the human rights center Memorial publishes lists of political prisoners,” the message says.
As of now, the updated list contains 117 names, a year ago there were 102 people, according to human rights activists.
Among the "newcomers" of the list are Ukrainian political prisoners, mostly Crimeans: Ukrainian activist Vladimir Baluh, convicted on false charges; Muslims accused of involvement in the banned organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, and others.
Memorial noted that the updated list of political prisoners is "only a minimal reliable estimate of the political repression scale."
"The real number of political prisoners and persons deprived of their liberty for political reasons in today's Russia is undoubtedly much larger," human rights activists state.
On October 30, Russia celebrated the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repression. In many cities of Russia, October 29-30, the Return of Names action took place. The participants read out the names of those who died during the Stalinist terror. Soviet dissidents say that the current government in Russia continues political repression.
QHA reported that Ukraine had forwarded letters from relatives of political prisoners from the Crimea and prisoners of war of Donbas to Kurt Volker, the US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiation.