Denisov demands from the Russian authorities unblock access to the Ukrainian political prisoners / photo UNIAN
The Commissioner for human rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Lyudmila Denisova requires the authorities of the Russian Federation unblock access to Ukrainian political prisoners, and to provide contacts with the Russian side is authorized to make decisions.
This was the Ukrainian Ombudsman reported.
“Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted me, as Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on human rights, a full guarantee unhindered access to all Ukrainian political prisoners, are kept on the territory of the Russian Federation and in the temporarily occupied Crimea.
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This was agreed during a telephone conversation between President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of Russia on June 9 and confirmed on June 21,” – said Denisov.
“For two weeks, I expect the implementation of these safeguards I the state Executive authorities of the Russian Federation. At this moment I have not seen any of the detained Ukrainians that I have guaranteed unhindered access,” she said.
She spoke to the head of the presidential Administration of the Russian Federation Anton Vine on unblocking implementation of these safeguards.
“I wish to inform the Deputy head of the presidential press Secretary Mr. Dmitry Peskov, who has repeatedly stressed that the implementation of the presidential agreements depends on two ombudsmen. Unfortunately, my colleague, the Commissioner for human rights of the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova, has no authority to make a decision about my access to held nationals. She seeks approval in unknown bodies and not getting him!” – said Denisov.
She asked for contacts of decision makers on the implementation of the safeguards provided by the President of the Russian Federation.
While Denisov noted that it was all done in order to meet with the Roman Sushchenko, but Russian authorities made it impossible for this meeting.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on 9 June during a telephone conversation the presidents of Ukraine and Russia Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin agreed that in the near future the Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova and Moskalkova will visit Ukrainians and Russians, prisoners in both countries.
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June 13, Denisov went on in Russia. She had intended in the first place to visit in the colony in the Yamal wrongfully convicted Director Oleg Sentsov, who is on hunger strike since may 14. However Moskalkova proposed first visit to the colony in Omsk, one of the defendants in the case of the so-called “Crimean saboteurs” Dmitry Sterlikova.
Then Moskalkova, together with the Ukrainian Consul visited Sterlikova.
While Moskalkova argued that Denisov went to the colony to Sentsov on “own initiative”, and her visit has not been agreed.
Still Denisova are constantly denied the opportunity to see the Ukrainian detainees. The Ombudsman refuse to communicate with them via video link.