A new documentary that will tell about the Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin is being created by Polish journalists and Euromaidan Press. Titled “Putin’s Hostages: Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin,” the documentary aims to remind public opinion in Europe about circa 70 Ukrainian political prisoners incarcerated throughout Russia and occupied Crimea. Among them are Maidan activists, Crimean Tatars as well as ordinary and sometimes random people.
The documentary will focus on the stories of three political prisoners – Pavlo Hryb, Yevhen Panov, and Bekir Dehermendzhy. On their examples, it will recount the propaganda mechanism and real goal of show trials conducted in order to justify Russian involvement in Ukraine. On the other hand, their stories will be told by the family members and friends.
“The movie will show the cases of the prisoners and the way Russia’s authorities penalize those opposing its aggression on Ukraine. We would like to provoke viewers to think, to realize that it is happening just next to them and to take actions to support political prisoners. We would like to show the impunity of Russian authorities, which detain people, depriving them of the basic human rights, for the reason of generating a fear factor in the battle with its opponents,” the authors say on the webpage of the documentary.
The movie is being created by Polish filmmaker and journalist Bożydar Pająk, journalist Piotr Malinowski, and is produced by Euromaidan Press. The film will be in English with Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish subtitles.
The creation of this movie was possible thanks to the financial support of the British Embassy in Ukraine as part of the project “Creating a documentary on Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin” implemented by the NGO Euromaidan Press. The ideas expressed in the movie are that of the authors and may differ from the official position of the government of the United Kingdom.