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