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Wife of former Kremlin political prisoner Hennadiy Afanasiev confirms his death

21.12.2022, 16:35
Photo: Radio Liberty
Photo: Radio Liberty

There have been reports of Crimean civil activist, former political prisoner of the Kremlin, Hennadiy Afanasiev, being killed on the front line.

On December 21 it became known othat Afanasiev had died defending Ukraine.

The reports were confirmed to Radio Liberty's "Krym.Realii" project by his wife Lyudmila Afanasieva.

"Unfortunately, it is true," Lyudmila Afanasieva said.

The Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, People's Deputy of Ukraine Akhtem Chyigoz told Krym.Realii that Hennadiy Afanasyev had been fighting as a member of Battalion 130 of the Brigade 240.

"Afanasiev Hennadiy Serhiyovych, call sign 'Thor'. Killed near Bilohorivka, Luhansk oblast," Chyigoz said.

At the same time, the Crimean man's mother, Olha Afanasieva, wrote on Facebook that the command has not notified her of the death of her son.

Hennadiy Afanasiev was defending Ukraine with a weapon in hand; he enlisted on the first day of Russia's full-scale armed invasion of Ukraine.

The name of Hennadiy Afanasiev, photographer and lawyer from Simferopol, became widely known after he got involved in the "Crimean terrorists" case. In 2014, he spoke out against the Russian annexation of Crimea; after that, he FSB detained him in Simferopol and charged him with organizing terrorist attacks. Sever other persons involved in this case were detained along with him. International human rights organizations called this case a political one, and the detainees political prisoners.

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