11 RELEASED PRISONERS OF KREMLIN WENT TO LATVIA FOR REHABILITATION AND REST
Before the trip, a group of former prisoners, including those released and returned home on September 7 this year, gathered at the Latvian Embassy to meet with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Ukraine Juris Poikans, and the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Oksana Koliada.
“We understand you and your struggle very well, that is why we are so eager to support you. The program of your stay in Latvia includes not only rehabilitation, but also meetings and communication with our officials and schoolchildren. I am convinced that you can tell them about the events in Ukraine, about the struggle of your people,” noted the Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia, Juris Poikans.
The Minister for Veterans Affairs also noted that not only the return of all citizens of Ukraine to their homes is very important for the Government, but also providing support, meeting their needs and helping the families of those who are still illegally deprived of their freedom and imprisoned in the Russian Federation, in the temporarily occupied Crimea and areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts in the East of Ukraine.
“We have already made appropriate amendments to the resolution and now we can provide financial assistance for legal support to families of persons illegally deprived of their freedom annually, while their relatives are imprisoned. A draft bill has also been prepared on the social protection of persons deprived of their freedom, which will soon be registered in the Verkhovna Rada. And right now, without waiting for the new bill, we are amending our regulatory legal acts in order to fully meet the needs of those who have returned from captivity and those who have not yet been able to return home,” said Minister Oksana Koliada.
EdemBekirov and PavloHrib as a thank-you gift for the attention and assistance to political prisoners from Latvia presented the Ambassador with souvenirs: a book and drawing.
A group of former Kremlin prisoners will spend 12 days in Latvia. The trip for Ukrainians will be realized in the framework of the rehabilitation program developed by the Government of the Republic of Latvia.