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A total of 109 Ukrainian political prisoners are being illegally held in the occupied Crimea and the Russian Federation, says Ukraine's Ombudsperson Liudmyla Denisova.

"As of today, 109 people are being held in penitentiary facilities," Denisova has told RFE/RL's Crimea.Realities project.

"Of these, 33 people remain in the occupied Crimea: two are serving their sentences, 30 are being held in a pre-trial detention center, and one is undergoing trial. The rest are in Russia. Some are also serving their sentences, and some are being held in pre-trial detention centers," said Denisova.

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When asked by the host, which categories of citizens are most often subjected to political persecution, the Ukrainian Ombudsperson clarified that 75 of these 109 illegally detained persons are Crimean Tatars.

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