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

Suspended sentences:

  1. Talyat Abdurakhmanov
  2. Renat Suleymanov
  3. Arsen Kubedinov
  4. Seyran Mustafaev

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.