To date, 52 people are being held in detention centers in the annexed Crimea for political reasons; and since 2014, at least 70 people have become political prisoners, as reported in an expert study conducted by the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG), Krym.Realii reports.
"To date, 52 people continue to be held in prisons and detention facilities in Crimea or Russia; three are under house arrest, and this figure is inconclusive, because there are other criminal cases in the Crimea in which political motives for persecution can be confirmed," the human rights activists emphasize.
According to CHRG expert Olga Skrypnyk, families of prisoners should be supported at the legislative level.
"The government and the parliament of Ukraine should do their utmost to adopt the law on assistance to victims of political persecution and their families as soon as possible. The bill, which can solve some of the problems [faced by] these people, has already been developed and registered. At this stage, it requires finalization in the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations," said Olga Skrypnyk.