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 Ukrainian political prisoner Soloshenko liberated from Russian captivity in 2016 passed away, - Afanasiev. PHOTOS

Former CEO of Poltava-based Znamia military plant, former Kremlin’s hostage, Ukraine’s national Yurii Soloshenko passed away at the age of 76.

Another ex-prisoner of the Kremlin Hennadii Afanasiev, who was released in a swap together with Soloshenko in June 2016, wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports.

"Yurii Danylovych Soloshenko, our hero, my grandpa, a political prisoner who ended up in the Russian captivity when he was 74, has just passed away. He went through it [captivity] with dignity. We were then released because of the sustained injuries and disease but this still took its toll... The old man has been struggling to his last breath remaining a true Ukrainian – a proud, shy, polite, and indestructible one. I will always remember him saying as we departed from cursed Moscow: "Farewell, filthy Russia!" Let's pray for his soul," Afanasiev said.

Ukrainian political prisoner Soloshenko liberated from Russian captivity in 2016 passed away, - Afanasiev 01

Soloshenko, Afanasiev and Poroshenko

Ukrainian political prisoner Soloshenko liberated from Russian captivity in 2016 passed away, - Afanasiev 02

Afanasiev and Soloshenko

Ukrainian political prisoner Soloshenko liberated from Russian captivity in 2016 passed away, - Afanasiev 03

Soloshenko, Afanasiev, MP Iryna Herashchenko and spokesperson for the Ukrainian president Sviatoslav Tseholko

Ukrainian political prisoner Soloshenko liberated from Russian captivity in 2016 passed away, - Afanasiev 04

Soloshenko and Afanasiev

Ukrainian political prisoner Soloshenko liberated from Russian captivity in 2016 passed away, - Afanasiev 05
Ukrainian political prisoner Soloshenko liberated from Russian captivity in 2016 passed away, - Afanasiev 06

Read more: "My sentence was agreed by Russia's FSB, Prosecutor's Office," - Soloshenko

As reported, since the beginning of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the Kremlin has taken several Ukrainian citizens hostages. The exact number of Ukrainian prisoners of the Kremlin is unknown. At the moment, officials say, about 20 Ukrainians are kept political prisoners in Russian jails or pre-trial facilities, including in the territory of occupied Crimea. The story of Ukrainian pilot Nadiia Savchenko, who had been kidnapped, tried, sentenced, and released, proved to be the most high-profile case.

Read more: Hlishchinska, Didenko were long turned by Russia, worked for it, - MP Anton Herashchenko

Hennadii Afanasiev and Yurii Soloshenko were among those Ukrainians held by the Kremlin. Afanasiev was sentenced in Russia on politically motivated 'case of Sentsov-Kolchenko' to seven years in colony. The case is criminal proceedings against Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov, sentenced to 20 years in colony for an alleged organization of a terrorist group in occupied Crimea. Afanasiev testified against other defendants but later withdrew his testimony and claimed tortures during interrogations.

Yurii Soloshenko has been sentenced in Russia to six years in colony for espionage. When in prison, he was diagnosed with cancer.

June 14, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced liberation of Ukrainians Hennadii Afanasiev and Yurii Soloshenko held in Russia.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3059456
 
 
 
 
 
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