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Charitable organization «Charitable Foundation «PLATFORM FOR THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS» is a non-partisan association of former Kremlin political prisoners, recognized as such by the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and other respective bodies. Our main objective is to advocate the interest of more than 70 Ukrainian citizens who have been illegally detained in Russia since 2014, facing inhumane conditions and physical and psychological risks to their health. We work on spreading awareness of the issue among the key decision-making actors nationally and internationally via media, grassroots activism, advocacy campaigns, and meetings with respective bodies.

In the long-term perspective, we aim to facilitate a peaceful resolution of the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

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The Fund was created by former political prisoners of the Kremlin in cooperation with former civilian hostages from the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine: the father of the ex-political prisoner, public figure Hryb Ihor and 16 ex-political prisoners who were imprisoned (2014 -2019) for the fight against the Russian authoritarian regime. Among them: Hero of Ukraine Volodymyr Zhemchugov, director Oleg Sentsov, scientist Ihor Kozlovskyi, student Pavlo Hryb, journalists Mykola Semena and Roman Sushchenko, public activists Volodymyr Balukh, Ihor Movenkot, Yevhen Panov, Oleksandr Kolchenko and others.
The Fund’s team unites experienced professionals. The head of the Fund, Ihor Hryb, is an expert in public administration and social protection of veterans and an experienced human rights defender. He worked in state authorities in managerial positions. The leader, the Hero of Ukraine Volodymyr Zhemchugov, director Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, and scientist Igor Kozlovsky coordinate human rights advocacy in national and international authorities and interact with the media. In addition, the team includes experienced managers who have academic master’s degrees in such areas as Jurisprudence, Political Science, and Public Relations.
Since its creation, the Platform has been a member of the Coalition for the Protection of Kremlin Prisoners. International cooperation is consolidated around the partnership with EU institutions, national authorities of EU member states, their embassies in Ukraine, as well as public organizations, in particular the Center for European Values for Security Policy (Czech Republic), the Association of Ukrainians of France, the Association of Ukrainians of Brussels, etc.
Since 2017, the Foundation has been participating in:
  • in the process of development of the Ukrainian human rights movement
  • advocacy of human rights ideas, international standards of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • the formation of objective information space and the spread of the Ukrainian narrative in the EU member states about the Russian-Ukrainian war, its value, political, economic and social consequences.
  The most significant over the years of activity was:
  • the participation of relatives of prisoners in parliamentary hearings in Great Britain (2018);
  • in 2021 – a meeting with the US Second Deputy Secretary of State Robin Dunnigan and a Round Table with her participation;
  • The third international forum on eastern Ukraine “Overcoming the conflict in Donbas as a task of different generations: promotion of justice, dialogue, reconciliation”;
  • a conference of leading French human rights organizations in Paris;
  • participation in the work of the Platform for International Action on the Release of Ukrainian Political Prisoners by Russia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine;
  • participation in the Founding Forum of the Expert Network of the Crimean Platform;
  • participation in expert commissions on the development of Laws of Ukraine on war crimes and social protection;
  • in 2022 – participation in the work of the round table of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.
The representatives of the Foundation team are part of the Expert Councils of authorities, participate in legislative work and the special Commission for assigning social assistance to those released from captivity.



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