#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 27 November 2020

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

This list has been jointly prepared by a coalition of civic organizations dealing with the liberation of political prisoners. It includes the ZMINA Human Rights Center, Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Group, Center for Civil Liberties, Media Initiative for Human Rights, Crimean Human Rights Protection Group, CrimeaSOS, Union of the relatives of political prisoners of the Kremlin, Crimean Solidarity, Ukrainian Legal Consultative Group, Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Regional Human Rights Center.

Suspended sentences:

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

House arrest:

  1. Amet Suleimanov
  2. Oleksandr Sizikov

Released/prison term expired:

    1. Nariman Memediminov
    2. Ernest Ametov
    3. Oleksandr Shumkov

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.