The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine asks Russia to urgently return to Ukraine four Crimean political prisoners due to their health condition (Oleg Sentsov, Alexander Kolchenko, Gennady Afanasyev, and Yuri Soloshenko).
The Deputy Justice Minister of Ukraine Sergey Petukhov unveiled the request addressed to the Ministry of Justice of Russia in Facebook. “We have sent to the Ministry of Justice of Russia an urgent request to immediately return to Ukraine four convicted political prisoners due to their health condition,” he wrote.
“According to the information of Nadezda Volkova, who is the lawyer of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Yuri Soloshenko is diagnosed with a prostate malignant tumor (cancer). In addition, Soloshenko suffers from heart disease given his advanced age,” they stated in the request.
The document noted that according to Olga Afanasyeva, her son Gennady Afanasyev was diagnosed with a dangerous disease called streptococcal impetigo.
“In addition, there is information about a possible deterioration of the health of the other convicted Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko”, they stated in the request of the Ukrainian side.
The Ministry of Justice of Russia confirmed receiving the request from Ukraine and stated that they would consider it within 30 days.