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Russia Tries To Force Ukrainian Political Prisoner To Take Russian Citizenship

09.04 09:50

Member of the Human Rights Commission of Komi Memorial Ernest Mezak wrote this on Facebook on April 8.

“The day before yesterday, Gennady Afanasyev informed members of HRC of Komi about the fact that Russian officials continue to impose Russian citizenship to him. As a sign of protest, he even wanted to announce hunger strike. I managed to persuade him to refuse from this decision and make a public statement explaining whom he considers himself to be”, Mezak wrote.

Mezak attached Afanasyev’s video appeal in which the prisoner states he is a citizen of Ukraine and all Russia’s attempts to impose Russian citizenship to him are made against his will.

As previously reported, Russian Justice Ministry commissioned preparation of documents for transfer of Sentsov and 3 more political prisoners.

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