Moscow: The Memorial Human Rights Center has published a new list of political prisoners now in the Russian Federation. Now it includes 117 people.
"In these consciously incomplete lists, in fact, there is only a minimal reliable estimate of the scale of political repression associated with deprivation of liberty, to date it has 117 names. A year ago there were 102 people in them. The real number of political prisoners and persons deprived of their liberty for political reasons in today's Russia is undoubtedly much larger, "the center said.
It is noted that 28 political prisoners, including among them the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Ciyhoz and Ilmi Umerov, were released on political grounds last year, however, 45 people were detained for political reasons, most often for rallies against corruption organized by the oppositionist Alexei Navalny.
"25 people were added to the number of those persecuted in connection with the realization of the right to freedom of religion. Mostly these are Muslims, in particular, accused of involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir party or in the non-existent organization Nurjalar, human rights activists emphasize.
Among the political prisoners on the territory of Russia are also citizens of Ukraine: Oleg Sentsov, Stanislav Klich, Alexander Kolchenko, Vladimir Balukh and others.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said on September 20 that Russia currently keeps 16 Ukrainian political prisoners on its territory and is the greatest threat to international security.