Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who has recently been freed from Russian captivity, has provided the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine with information about his unlawful imprisonment in the Russian Federation.
"Oleh Sentsov visited our office today. We spoke about his detention in Crimea and the Russian Federation. During these years, we have been in touch with Sentsov's lawyer and analyzed court decisions in his case. It was essential for us to meet Oleh in person to document human rights violations in his case," the mission said in a statement on Facebook on October 7.
"I am doing what I can to help people who remain deprived of their liberty. Who can know better what they are going through?' Sentsov said.
The information obtained during the interview will be used for analyzing the human rights situation in Crimea, preparing public reports and advocating for accountability, the mission said.
"We intend to interview all detainees released on September 7, 2019," the mission said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, 24 Ukrainian sailors captured by Russian special forces near the Kerch Strait in November 2018, and 11 political prisoners were returned by Russia to Ukraine as part of prisoner exchange on September 7. The political prisoners included Roman Sushchenko, Oleh Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Volodymyr Balukh, Stanislav Klykh, Mykola Karpyuk, Oleksiy Syzonovych, Pavlo Hryb, Edem Bekirov, Yevhen Panov, and Artur Panov.
At the same time, 35 people were transferred to Russia. All of them were convicted or being tried on various charges.