Famous Ukrainian media personalities - writers, leaders and politicians took part in an online action in support of the Russian political prisoner, Crimean Tatar Ruslan Zeitullayev, according to message on Facebook by activist and ex-political prisoner Gennady Afanasyev.
“This online action in support of the Crimean Tatar Ruslan Zeitullaev, unknown to many people, is the result of joint efforts of Ukrainian artists, journalists, dissidents and simply caring people who helped us.”
He said that the action participants took photos for the action, finding time in their busy work schedules.
“Each photo has its own story: They were made on the way to Kyiv, right at the workplace, in a small pause between the shootings of the clip, a minute before the news release, and some even had to search the Internet in the forest, where a person escaped to finish the new book.”
Among the participants of the action are Oksana Zabuzhko, Sergey Zhadan and Andrei Kurkov, singer Ivan Lego from Kozak System, representative of the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Mikhail Chaplyga, First Deputy Minister of information policy Emine Dzhaparova, director of the National Memory Institute Vladimir Vyatrovich, volunteer Evelina Ghanskaya, Human rights activist Aleksandr Matviychuk, as well as political prisoners of the Soviet regime Mustafa Dzhemilev and Yosif Zisels.
One can send a letter to Ruslan Zeytullaev to the address: 344022, Russia, Rostov-on-Don, 219 Gorky Street, SIZO-1, Zeytullaev Ruslan Borisovich, born in 1985.
The SIZO accepts letters only in Russian.
Earlier, QHA reported that on April 4, Crimean Tatar political prisoner of Russia, Ruslan Zeytullayev, announced an indefinite hunger strike protesting against an unjust attitude towards the Crimean Tatars. Human rights activists reported that the fasting is "wet" - Ruslan drinks tea without sugar.
Currently, Zeytullaev is in Rostov-on-Don, where his case is being reviewed. He is accused of organizing a cell of "Hizb ut-Tahrir" in the Crimea.
Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, who on April 14 was able to visit his client, said that Ruslan Zeytullaev already had difficulties with his health. Crimean Tatar has lost 6 kilograms over 10 days and hardly speaks.
According to the decision of the appellate instance, the case of Ruslan Zeytullaev will be again reviewed by the North Caucasus District Military Court. The next meeting, during which the parties will debate, is scheduled for Friday, April 21. Ruslan Zeytullaev is facing up to 15 years in prison.