US State Department urges Russia to release 150 political and religious prisoners

US State Department urges Russia to release 150 political and religious prisoners

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The US State Department called on the government of the Russian Federation to release 150 political and religious prisoners. This is stated in aт article published on the website of the US Department of State.

"We urge 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 statement said.

Referring to the data of authoritative human rights organizations, the State Department claims that to date in Russia there are more than 150 people identified as political or religious prisoners.

"We are especially concerned about the health of four illegally imprisoned Ukrainians who are now starving - Oleg Sentsov, Stanislav Klykh, Olexander Shumkov and Volodymyr Balukh," the department noted.

In addition, the State Department recalls citizens of other countries persecuted by Russia for religious beliefs.

Let us remind you that the permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN, Volodymyr Yelchenko, handed over the list of Ukrainian political prisoners to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

On June 14, the European Parliament voted in favor of the resolution on the release of Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian political prisoners.

The Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Lyudmila Denisova and her Russian colleague, Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova, agreed to meet in Moscow on 18 June.

Denisova reported that she plans first of all to visit the Ukrainian political prisoners Oleg Sentsov, Alexander Kolchenko, Stanislav Klykh, Mykola Karpuk, Roman Sushchenko and Resul Velilyaev in the Russian Federation.

On June 15, the Ukrainian ombudsman arrived to the prison where Oleg Sentsov is, but authorities did not let her visit the the Ukrainian political prisoner. Denisova was later refused to visit Mykola Karpyuk.

At the same time, on June 16, Tatyana Moskalkova visited the "Ukrainian saboteur" Dmitry Shtyblikov in Omsk.
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