Former Kremlin political prisoners spoke about what they plan to do after liberation | QHA media
07 September 2019, 20:30

Former Kremlin political prisoners spoke about what they plan to do after liberation

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The released political prisoners Roman Sushchenko, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Pavlo Hryb and Volodymyr Balukh spoke about what they were going to do in the future.

They told about it speaking to journalists at the Borispil airport.

Thus, the correspondent of the Ukrinform agency Roman Sushchenko said that he wants to return to work in journalism, “chat with colleagues, hug friends and go to his father’s grave.” Roman’s father died in March last year, at a time when Sushchenko was under arrest in the Russian Federation.

Another released political prisoner, Oleksandr Kolchenko, said he wanted to continue his studies at Taurida National University, which he could not finish due to five years in prison. He plans to get the same specialty – tourism. And Kolchenko promises to return to Crimea “when Putin is overthrown.”

Former political prisoner Pavlo Hryb noted that he would not want to recall at home what happened to him for more than two years in prison.

It’s very good to be back, and farewell, the filthy Muscovy. I don’t mean to seem forward yet, but I would like to take a trip, talk with all the prisoners, then I can go home,” said Hryb and added that he returned to Ukraine “with patriotic feelings”.

Volodymyr Balukh emphasized that the letters that he received during his imprisonment helped him most of all.

When being on the verge you get letters, you always wait for them and use every minute to answer, and you live for this,” he said and assured that if it were possible to turn back time, he would still hang the Ukrainian flag over his house in the occupied Crimea.

September 7, Kremlin prisoners arrived in Ukraine. QHA media has published a full list of exchanges between Ukraine and Russia.

The filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and the Crimean Tatar activist Edem Bekirov gave their first comments after returning to Ukraine.