Statement from Daria Morozova on publicizing interview of Yulia Prosolova on 25 October 2018

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On 25 October, an interview of Yulia Prosolova criminating herself, and, in fact, pleading guilty, was made public.   I have no doubts that this confession was made under pressure and against her will, which again demonstrates disrespect to human rights by Ukraine.

I would like to highlight that we asked the Coordinator of the Humanitarian Subgroup in Minsk, OSCE representative Tony Frisch many times to visit Yulia Prosolova in SIZO, although he wasn’t allowed there.  At the same time, as early as April 2018, a Ukrainian journalist met her without any hindrance.    Significantly, the interview was posted only after the day when the term for filing an appeal on the verdict expired. This case clearly demonstrated the biased and fabricated character of actions of the Ukrainian side, as well as full disrespect of international organizations, Minsk negotiations and human rights by Kiev authorities.

The testimony of Yulia Prosolova sounds confused, it is inconsistent and contradictory, which raises doubts about their authentic character.  Also, there is no video recording of the interview, which calls into question the very existence of the interview.  This, like many other grounds, evidence that the case of Prosolova was fabricated.

For our part, we continue to make every effort to inform the international community on these facts to facilitate her release.   I have sent official letters to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission and the International Committee of the Red Cross. I hope that special attention of the international community will contribute to the thorough and impartial reinvestigation of the crime for which Yulia Prosolova was wrongfully convicted.