Former political prisoner Afanasyev’s family is persecuted in Crimea

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The occupation authorities of Crimea call on former political prisoner Gennady Afanasyev’s mother Olga Afanasyeva a report on her closed private enterprise.

“The Russian Federation persecutes my family. The Russian tax authorities closed my business and now ask a report on the closed private company. I don’t live there anymore and my commercial activity is ceased. But my mother still lives in Crimea. My son Gennady Afanasyev is in the hospital with a cystis in his head as a result of the FSB’s tortures,” said Afanasyeva.

As a reminder, Afanasyev told about the tortures that he had experienced in Russian custody. According to him, he was beaten, wearing a gas mask on his head with its hose cut off and tortured with electricity.

Afanasyev claims that under the tortures he was forced to defame other Crimeans — Oleg Sentsov and Olexander Kolchenko, who were respectively sentenced to 20 and 10 years of imprisonment in Russia.

In December 2014 the Moscow Court convicted Afanasyev of terrorism and sentenced to seven years of imprisonment in a penal colony.

Illegally convicted in Russia Ukrainians Gennady Afanasyev and Yury Soloshenko were exchanged for Odessa separatists Elena Glishhinskaya and Vitaly Didenko on June 14, 2016.

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