“Pointless waiting” initiative will wait for all Ukrainian hostages of the Kremlin in Prague airport

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November 2017

“Pointless waiting” initiative will wait for all Ukrainian hostages of the Kremlin in Prague airport

On November 26, the birthday of Crimean activist Oleksandr Kolchenko who was convicted by Russia for protesting the occupation of his native Crimea, the Czech initiative Pointless waiting (Marné čekání) will wait for all the Ukrainian hostages of the Kremlin in the Prague airport. Pointless Waiting, in remembrance of Putin’s victims and in support of human rights, is conducted on an irregular basis at Václav Havel Airport Prague (Arrivals, Terminal 1). It involves volunteers holding signs with the names of people who have become victims of Putin’s aggressive authoritarian regime. Everyone who wants to can organize their own protest at a local airport anywhere around the world. The organizer of the protest Otakar van Gemund shares his message: “Please join us in this international protest or at least share this invitation. For more information please contact Otakar van Gemund or the Pointeless Waiting page Once in a while, you can wait in vain for those who will not arrive—either because they’re languishing in a Russian prison or simply because they are dead. This time around Pointless Waiting will focus exclusively on Ukrainians who find themselves in Russian captivity in Russian-occupied Crimea, the Russian-occupied part of the Ukrainian Donbass region or in Russia itself. There they are either languishing in jail without any form of due process, are in custody awaiting an unfair and manipulated trial or are already serving a prison sentence after having been unjustly convicted on the basis of trumped-up charges. This particular Pointless Waiting exercise is conceived internationally and will take place on 26 November, the birthday of the wrongfully convicted Ukrainian activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, at various airports right across the world. To make the protest as effective as possible, it is necessary to adhere to its concept and its specific rules. We aim to make an impact on travellers…

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