Winter letter-writing marathon to help the Kremlin’s Ukrainian hostages
For the fifth year in a row, Center for Civil Liberties, Euromaidan Press and Association of relatives of political prisoners of the Kremlin are conducting a winter letter writing marathon in support of Ukrainian hostages held by the Kremlin to share the warmth of Christmas and New Year.
At least 70 Ukrainian civilians and 24 Ukrainian navy sailors taken as prisoners of war will spend the winter holidays in cold Russian prisons this year. Held on completely trumped-up charges, their aggregate prison sentence comes up to nearly 300 years. Among them are film director Oleg Sentsov, student Pavlo Hryb, human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku, Crimean farmer Volodymyr Balukh, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Solidarity coordinator Server Mustafayev, and many others.
There are still more than a hundred prisoners of war and civilian hostages in the cellars of the occupied Donbass, including journalist Stanislav Aseyev, military Sergiy Glondar, tank commander Bogdan Pantyushenko, blogger Oleg Galaziuk, and others. It is almost impossible to send letters to them, but despite this, we have decided to start collecting the letters to the address of the Center for Civil Liberties in order to support their relatives.
For the letters to pass the prison censors, follow these simple rules:
- write in Russian;
- maintain political neutrality;
- on the envelope, indicate the full name, patronymic, last name, and year of birth of the addressee;
- enclose blank a piece of paper, a Russian postal stamp (if it possible) and an envelope if you expect to receive a reply.
Share your warmth this winter!
Write a letter to those who are so much awaited home!