#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)

  1. Teymur Abdullaev
  2. Uzair Abdullaev
  3. Talyat Abdurakhmanov
  4. Rustem Abiltarov
  5. Zevri Abseitov
  6. Muslim Aliev
  7. Refat Alimov
  8. Kazim Ametov
  9. Ernest Ametov
  10. Ali Asanov
  11. Suleyman (Marlen) Asanov
  12. Volodymyr Balukh
  13. Edem Bekirov
  14. Enver Bekirov
  15. Memet Belyalov
  16. Oleksiy Bessarabov
  17. Asan Chapukh
  18. Oleksiy Chyrniy
  19. Bekir Dehermendzhy
  20. Mustafa Dehermendzhy
  21. Volodymyr Dudka
  22. Emil Dzhemadenov
  23. Arsen Dzhepparov
  24. Pavlo Hryb
  25. Tymur Ibrahimov
  26. Rustem Ismailov
  27. Yevhen Karakashev
  28. Mykola Karpyuk
  29. Ihor Kiyashko
  30. Stanislav Klykh
  31. Oleksandr Kolchenko
  32. Andriy Kolomiyets
  33. Arsen Kubedinov
  34. Emir-Usein Kuku
  35. Hennadiy Lymeshko
  36. Serhiy Lytvynov
  37. Enver Mamutov
  38. Nariman Memedinov
  39. Remzi Memetov
  40. Emil Minasov
  41. Seyran Mustafaev
  42. Server Mustafaev
  43. Yevhen Panov
  44. Yuriy (Nuri) Primov
  45. Volodymyr Prysych
  46. Ayder Saledinov
  47. Seyran Saliev
  48. Ferat Sayfullaev
  49. Oleg Sentsov
  50. Enver Seytosmanov
  51. Hlib Shabliy
  52. Dmytro Shtyblikov
  53. Oleksandr Shumkov
  54. Viktor Shur
  55. Mykola Shyptur
  56. Vadym Siruk
  57. Edem Smailov
  58. Oleksiy Stohniy
  59. Renat Suleymanov
  60. Roman Sushchenko
  61. Oleksandr Steshenko
  62. Oleksiy Syzonovych
  63. Roman Ternovsky
  64. Ruslan Trubach
  65. Rustem Vaitov
  66. Valentyn Vyhivskyi
  67. Andriy Zakhtey
  68. Server Zekiryaev
  69. Ruslan Zeytullaev
  70. One prisoner whose name we don’t disclose on the desire of his relatives

This list may change. Arrests are taking place each week. Currently, information about Kostyantyn Davydenko, and Leonid Parkhomenko is being checked.


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.