On July 1, Kyiv hosted a presentation of the English edition book by Ukrainian journalist, writer and former political prisoner of the Russian Federation Stanislav Aseyev – «The Torture Camp on Paradise Street».
The presentation, which was attended by the heads of diplomatic missions of foreign states and heads of representative offices of international organizations accredited in Ukraine, was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Institute and the International Charitable Foundation «Izolyatsia» (ICF «Izolyatsia»).
The event was a continuation of the information campaign, launched in December 2020 to increase the international community's awareness to the specific facts of human rights violations and use of tortures on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine by Russia with an ultimate goal of shutting down of the illegal prison «Izolyatsia» and other similar illegal facilities as soon as possible.
First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova praised a crucial role of the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine and personally of the Ambassador Larisa Galadza for the noble deed of making Stanislav Aseyev`s book more available to foreign readers. «The book in English will help to spread the truth about the unhidden face of Russian aggression against Ukraine around the world», – said Emine Dzhaparova, expressing gratitude to Larisa Galadza.
The Ukrainian diplomat noted that the illegal prison «Izolyatsia», as well as other similar facilities have become places totally deprived of general values – humanity and freedom. Emine Dzhaparova called on the representatives of the democratic world to cooperate in joint efforts and restore human rights on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine by increasing pressure on Russia.
In particular, she noted that, according to the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine, there are more than 160 similar to «Izolyatsia» illegal facilities on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine by Russia, in which more than 3,500 Ukrainian prisoners were held behind the bars:
«That`s why it is extremely important to tell concrete stories of specific people not just through the prism of dry statistics. The publicity of the issue is the only way to rescue prisoners, a preventive measure against tortures, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishments».
Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Larisa Galadza expressed aspiration that the translation of Stanislav Aseyev`s story will make it more accessible to the global community to understand how Russia is waging war against Ukraine and to understand how to act to end it as soon as possible.
Volodymyr Sheiko, the Director General of the Ukrainian Institute, noted that it is important for the Ukrainian Institute to provide institutional support and make the history of «Izolyatsia» more visible. He also noted positively that other plans are being made to follow the book - to provide it`s film adaptation and translate it into other languages.
Mykhailo Hlybokyi, Development Director of the ICF «Izolyatsia» and the IZONE Creative Community, expressed hope that, together with Ukrainian civil society, human rights organizations and international partners who helped to free Stanislav Aseyev, other prisoners would be released, as well as the Foundation itself will receive a kind of liberation and life will return to that territory.
Anton Gerashchenko, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, noted that the Russian military and political leadership was solely responsible for the crimes committed.
In his speech, Stanislav Aseyev expressed gratitude to the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine for the opportunity to make the book available to foreign readers. He also thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine for the opportunity to communicate the real situation in such places as «Izolyatsia» all across the world.
Stanislav Aseyev's book is a documentary evidence of war crimes in an illegal prison (the de facto concentration camp) «Izolyatsia».