During a press conference on October 28, Natalia Kaplan, sister of the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov illegally charged in Russia, said that Ukraine has not achieved anything in the case of her brother for almost three years, QHA correspondent reports.
“Now we clearly understand that the strategy must be changed. More than two years has passed, but the person is still in jail. It’s all very sad. It is obvious that a lot of work was carried out, but the effect is zero. For two and a half years we have not achieved anything. The person was sentenced for twenty years, the person stays in jail,” she said.
Kaplan noted that today it is very important to create a structure in Ukraine, which would deal with the issue of political repression by the Russian Federation, as well as to appoint a person who would be responsible for the issue of political prisoners.
The father of a Ukrainian Valentin Vygovskyi accused of spying in Russia supported Natalia.
“We want to know that at least something is being done in that direction, to release our children,” Peter Vygovskyi said.
October 21, it became known that Russia refused to hand over to Ukraine a political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, since he has Russian citizenship, though in March this year the report of the Russian Ombudsman stated that the legal uncertainty regarding the nationality of Sentsov and Kol'chenko was eliminated and they were recognized as citizens of Ukraine.
In May 2014, four local pro-Ukrainian activists were arrested in the occupied Simferopol: Gennady Afanasiev, Alexei Chirnyi, Alexander Kolchenko and a filmmaker Oleg Sentsov. In August 2015, the Russian court found them guilty of plotting terrorist attacks in Crimea and the arson of the two parties in Simferopol.
Afanasiev and Chirnyi agreed to cooperate with the investigation and received seven years in prison. Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years and Kolchenko to 10 years in prison.
Not much is known on the case of another Crimean Valentin Vygovskyi. He was detained in Crimea by the representatives of the so-called "self-defense of Crimea", who beaten and tortured him. The FSB claims that Valentin Vygovskyi allegedly recruited staff of the Russian military-industrial complex to collect secret service secret data for Ukraine.
Russian court accusedthe Ukrainian Valentin Vygovskyi of espionage and sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment in a strict regime colony.