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Worst of all, he was told he would not be released until September 2019, after he had served the full eight-and-a-half-year sentence.
“I don’t think I will survive another year in here, let alone three,” says Efreshin, now 29.
“Each day they make us work for 12 hours fabricating concrete blocks. It’s very heavy work.
“We have no access to medicine, no doctors or dentists, I have lost a lot of my teeth, we can’t even get painkillers. We are fed only porridge. We have no option but to work. If you refuse, they throw you in the punishment cell. It’s inhuman.” …According to a new Russian-language report by the Eastern Human Rights Group, Efreshin is one of thousands of prisoners used as “slave labour” in 15 “correctional colonies” on the territory of the LPR. http://en.censor.net.ua/r408774
Time is running out for Ukrainian prisoners held by Russia and the separatists – they “might not survive until the next round of negotiations.”
Elena Zhemchugova, 50, left, seated by her daughter Anastasia, 20, holds a picture of her husband Vladimir. “His condition is just getting worse,” she says. (Photo: Matthew Vickery for USA TODAY)