Last night, political prisoner Mykola Shiptur left the territory of the russian federation through the border with Georgia – he is now at the Ukrainian Embassy in Tbilisi.
On May 17, the former political prisoner’s wife, Yulia Shiptur, informed the Association of Relatives of Political Prisoners of the Kremlin that Mr. Mykola was being taken to the Georgian border from the Center for Foreign Citizens in Rostov Region.
“Yesterday morning, the head of the colony called Mykola and told him that he had 5 minutes to pack – he would go home through Georgia. There was no limit to our joy, everything happened very suddenly,” commented Yulia.
The Ukrainian authorities facilitated Shiptur’s crossing of the border with a Ukrainian passport. Around 3:40 am, he crossed the border into Russia and was taken to the Embassy of Ukraine in Tbilisi.
We sincerely congratulate Mykola Shiptur, his family and friends – the darkest time is over, and soon the Ukrainian Crimea will also regain its long-awaited freedom, where we will be happy to welcome you at our head office in Simferopol!
Mykola Shiptur became the first Ukrainian citizen to be imprisoned by Russia in Crimea after the beginning of the occupation. He was detained at a rally on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko’s birthday in Sevastopol, tortured to incriminate himself, and criminally sentenced to 9 years in prison. On March 7, 2023, as soon as Mr. Shiptur left the colony, a car of the Russian migration service was waiting for him. Since then, he has been held in a detention center for foreign nationals in Rostov.
Now he is the first released political prisoner, and he is returning to Ukraine, home!