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“13 hostages of Putin: How can we release them?” – debate in the “Ukrainian World” in Warsaw, Poland

Open Dialog Foundation, EuroMaidan SOS, People in Need and European Exchange / Kiev Dialogue organized a debate on the Ukrainian (mostly, but not only) political prisoners, illegally detained and held in the Russian Federation. The meeting took place on 24 September, 2015 at the “Ukrainian World” center in Warsaw, Poland.

Savchenko, Sentsov, Kohver – these are the best known names of citizens of neighboring countries, kidnapped and falsely accused in Russia. How many more we do not know? How to help them? Participants to the debate tried to answer these and other important questions. The event was moderated by the President of the Open Dialog Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska. The Open Dialog Foundation’s latest report on the case of Sentsov was officially presented during the event.


  • H.E. Mr Harri Tiido – Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia in Poland;
  • Ms Valeriya Lutkovska – Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights;
  • Mr Yuriy Yatsenko – student from Lviv, activist of EuroMaidan, arrested by Russia and released after the #LetMyPeopleGO campaign;
  • Ms Oleksandra Matviychuk – civic activist, EuroMaidan SOS, initiator of the #LetMyPeopleGO campaign;
  • Mr Mark Feygin – lawyer of Ms Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian political prisoner in Russia;

Speakers (by telebridge connection):

  • Ms Marina Dubrovina – lawyer of Mr Stanislav Klich, Ukrainian activist detained in Russia;
  • Ms Natalia Kaplan – civic activist, sister of Mr Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner in Russia. 

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