On 17 March, with the assistance of High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova, 12 convicted Ukrainian citizens who served their sentences in correctional institutions of the Republic of Crimea and other regions of Russia were transferred to Ukraine at the checkpoint "
"The transfer was held at the highest level,
"In private conversations with me, the Ukrainian prisoners expressed gratitude to all those who were involved in their transfer, especially to the staff of Detention Center No.3 (
In May 2016, the Ukrainian prisoners addressed Tatiana Moskalkova with a request to move them to the territory of Ukraine so they could continue serving their sentence in the country of their citizenship. At the time of the entry of the Republic of Crimea into Russia these citizens were convicted and served their sentence under Ukrainian law.
In June 2016, in Minsk (Belarus), High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova and Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Valeriya Lutkovska agreed about transfer of this category of persons. At that time, it seemed unrealistic. But the faith in the priority of human rights, humanity and justice made the seemingly impossible things possible.