Russia holding 13 Ukrainian political prisoners – Ukraine MFA

16:30, 08 July 2016
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Thirteen political prisoners – citizens of Ukraine are being held in the Russian Federation as of today, four of whom are Crimean Tatars, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Mariana Betsa said at a briefing on Friday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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"As of today, according to the information available in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Russian Federation illegally holds 13 political prisoners – citizens of Ukraine, four of whom are the Crimean Tatars," she said.

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