The campaign LetMyPeopleGo was launched by the Euromaidan SOS initiative to protect all the Ukrainian citizens imprisoned in Russia and occupied Crimea for political reasons. It aims at the release of all the persons on LetMyPeopleGo list and monitors compliance with the fundamental rights of Kremlin’s hostages, particularly, freedom from torture, free access to a lawyer, medical care etc. The campaign has been supported by a number of organizations in Ukraine and abroad. To date, LetMyPeopleGo is preoccupied with the fates of 36 prisoners.
I was and will remain a citizen of Ukraine. I do not recognize the annexation of Crimea and the military seizure of Crimea by the Russian Federation. I am not a peasant to be transferred together with the land.
I am aware of support, solidarity, and brotherly love my compatriots are offering me. I give my best regards to them and have no words to express my gratitude.
I was tortured for loving my homeland. Using me and other prisoners in the ‘Crimean terrorists’ trial, the Russian government tried to justify its invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territories, but instead exposed itself to ridicule by displaying to the whole world the lawlessness that plagues their country.
Thank you all those who have written to me or simply remembered kindly of me — this fills me with a lot of strength.
I believe I am held hostage because of my political convictions. They are trying to intimidate the whole people by means of my arrest. They are trying to blame on me all the problems the Crimean ‘government’ and ‘prosecutor’s office’ are facing... All the judges are hostages, and justice is out of the question.
I don’t know what your convictions are worth if you aren’t ready to suffer or die for them.