Screening of the documentary
“Putin’s hostages: Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin”
Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, human rights activists, relatives of Ukrainian Navy sailors taken by Russia as POWs in the Black Sea region
PACE, 23 January
You are cordially invited to a premiere screening of the documentary “Putin’s Hostages,” telling about the Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin, followed by a discussion with the film’s creators, human rights activists, and relatives of Ukrainian sailors Russia took as POWs in the Black Sea region.
The film was made and produced by Very Nice Media (Poland) for Euromaidan Press (Ukraine), who are partnering with the Media Initiative for Human Rights (Ukraine) and Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (Ukraine) to hold the screening in PACE.
Since 2014, a series of politically motivated arrests has taken place in Russia and occupied Crimea. Currently, Russia is keeping at least 70 Ukrainians imprisoned on political motives. Sentenced in fabricated trials to as much as 22 years in prison, tortured to extract self-incriminating confessions, kept in degrading conditions without medical help, they have become a tool of Russia’s war against Ukraine. The number of prisoners will keep rising if nothing is done. We invite you to get acquainted with the personal stories of three prisoners and their relatives waiting for them to return home and think together with us about how to stop the politically motivated arrests in Russia and occupied Crimea.
The creation of this movie was possible thanks to the financial support of the British Embassy in Ukraine as part of the project “Creating a documentary on Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin” implemented by the NGO Euromaidan Press. The ideas expressed in the movie are that of the authors and may differ from the official position of the government of the United Kingdom.
Alya Shandra, Euromaidan Press editor-in-chief, “Putin’s hostages” producer
Film crew members:
Piotr Malinowski – creator of the film “Putin’s Hostages,” Polish journalist
Bozydar Pajak – creator of the film “Putin’s Hostages,” Polish filmmaker
Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Ukrainian artist, member of member of Free Kremlin hostages initiative
Viktor Soroka, father of Vasyl Soroka, Ukrainian sailor Russia took as POW
Olga Grytsenko, wife of Denys Grytsenko, Ukrainian sailor Russia took as POW
Oleg Trokhymenko, representative of Ukrainian Ombudsman for the protection of the rights of military personnel
Maria Tomak, expert of the USAID Human Rights in Action program, coordinator of Media Initiative for Human Rights