#LetMyPeopleGo list of Ukrainian citizens deprived of freedom in occupied Crimea and Russia on political motives

Today dozens of Ukrainian citizens of various political, religious, ethnic, and professional backgrounds are illegally imprisoned by Russia on political motives. Over the last months, their number exceeded fifty. Together they constitute the #LetMyPeopleGo list of Ukrainian Kremlin’s hostages.

Why are these people called “the Ukrainian hostages of the Kremlin”?

Most of them were involuntarily turned into instruments of Putin’s aggressive policy towards Ukraine. Being portrayed as Ukrainian “war criminals,” “saboteurs,” and “terrorists” on Russian television, they are a “living proof” that Russia is allegedly at danger from attacks of malevolent Ukrainians or Crimean Tatars.

Propaganda tells such kinds of stories to reinforce the negative image of Ukraine, the country that ousted its pro-Russian president in the Euromaidan revolution and buried the plans for the restoration of Moscow’s Eurasian empire. Many of these people describe how they were tortured into “confessing” to the most wicked plans in front of Russian TV cameras. And these media operations are arguably the most important aspect of the Kremlin’s hybrid war against Ukraine. The Crimean Tatars, representatives of Crimea’s indigenous nation, constitute the major group of the prisoners. As they are the main resistance force to Russia’s occupation of Crimea, the Kremlin is arresting them en masse on fictitious “terrorism” and “extremism” charges.

#LetMyPeopleGo List (A—Z), as of 28 September 2019

  1. Eskender Abdulganiev
  2. Tofik Abdulgaziev
  3. Izzet Abdullaev
  4. Teymur Abdullaev
  5. Uzair Abdullaev
  6. Vladlen Abdulkadyrov
  7. Medzhit Abdurakhmanov
  8. Arsen Abhairov
  9. Rustem Abilev
  10. Rustem Abiltarov
  11. Zevri Abseitov
  12. Raim Ayvazov
  13. Muslim Aliev
  14. Refat Alimov
  15. Enver Ametov
  16. Ernest Ametov
  17. Osman Arifmemetov
  18. Suleyman (Marlen) Asanov
  19. Farhod Bazarov
  20. Akim Bekirov
  21. Enver Bekirov
  22. Remzi Bekirov
  23. Memet Belyalov
  24. Oleksiy Bessarabov
  25. Bilyal Adilov
  26. Oleksiy Chyrniy
  27. Kostiantyn Davydenko
  28. Volodymyr Dudka
  29. Emil Dzhemadenov
  30. Ayder Dzhepparov
  31. Arsen Dzhepparov
  32. Rustem Emiruseinov
  33. Dilyaver Gafarov
  34. Dzhemil Gafarov
  35. Server Gaziev
  36. Halilov Lenur
  37. Tymur Ibrahimov
  38. Rustem Ismailov
  39. Riza Izetov
  40. Edem Kadyrov
  41. Eldar Kantemyrov
  42. Yevhen Karakashev
  43. Alim Karimov
  44. Ihor Kiyashko
  45. Andriy Kolomiyets
  46. Emir-Usein Kuku
  47. Hennadiy Lymeshko
  48. Enver Mamutov
  49. Oleksandr Marchenko
  50. Yunus Masharipov
  51. Nariman Memedinov
  52. Remzi Memetov
  53. Ruslan Mesutov
  54. Yashar Muedinov
  55. Seyran Murtaza
  56. Server Mustafaev
  57. Ruslan Nagaev
  58. Enver Omerov
  59. Riza Omerov
  60. Erfan Osmanov
  61. Yuriy (Nuri) Primov
  62. Fevzi Saganzhy
  63. Ayder Saledinov
  64. Seyran Saliev
  65. Ferat Sayfullaev
  66. Rustem Seythalilov
  67. Seytveli Seytabdiev
  68. Enver Seytosmanov
  69. Hlib Shabliy
  70. Rustem Sheyhaliev
  71. Dmytro Shtyblikov
  72. Oleksandr Shumkov
  73. Viktor Shur
  74. Mykola Shyptur
  75. Vadym Siruk
  76. Edem Smailov
  77. Oleksiy Stohniy
  78. Eskender Suleymanov
  79. Renat Suleymanov
  80. Ruslan Suleymanov
  81. Shaban Umerov
  82. Rustem Vaitov
  83. Valentyn Vyhivskyi
  84. Asan Yanikov
  85. Andriy Zakhtey
  86. Server Zekiryaev
  87. Ruslan Zeytullaev

How can I help the Kremlin’s hostages?

  • Follow the #LetMyPeopleGo social media pages on Facebook and Twitter and share the information;
  • Send letters and postcards to show your support to the prisoners;
  • Demand Russia release illegally jailed Ukrainians at public actions;
  • Draw the attention of statesmen and opinion makers to the issue of political prisoners and call on them to put pressure on the Kremlin.


The #LetMyPeopleGo campaign advocates for the Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia and occupied Crimea on political motives. It aims to release all the prisoners from the #LetMyPeopleGo list and controls the observance of fundamental human rights, among which are freedom from torture, the right to a lawyer, the right to medical care etc.

The campaign was started by Euromaidan SOS and is supported by a number of organizations and institutions in Ukraine and abroad: Center for Civil Liberties, the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, People in Need, the Open Dialogue Foundation, Euromaidan Press, Euromaidan-Warsaw, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Office of Ukraine’s Ombudsman.