KYIV (FNI) - The US State Department issued a statement expressing concern about the growing number of individuals identified by authoritative human rights organizations as political and religious prisoners in Russia.
According to human rights activists, about 150 people are held in Russia for political and religious reasons.
"We are particularly concerned about the condition of four unjustly imprisoned Ukrainians who are currently starving: Oleg Sentsov, Stanislav Klykh, Alexander Shumkov and Vladimir Balukh. We are also concerned about the case of Oyuba Titieva, a human rights activist, who is being prosecuted on charges of fabricated drug charges in Chechnya. In response to peaceful religious practice, Russian authorities detained Jehovah's Witness Dennis Christensen in May 2017. Five leaders of the Church of Scientology have also been detained without trial since June 2017, as well as more than a dozen Muslim followers of the Turkish theologian Said Nursi, "the State Department said.
In the United States, they urged Russia "to immediately release all those who are called political or religious prisoners. "
"And stop using the legal system to suppress dissent and peaceful religious practice. The Russian people, like people all over the world, deserve to be equal before the law and have the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retaliation, "the State Department said.
Also, on June 15, the Polish Sejm adopted an appeal to the authorities of the Russian Federation with an appeal to release all Ukrainian political prisoners.