The voice of justice: Hennadiy Afanasiev on his road to freedom

Date and Time: 26 Apr 2017, 12 p.m.

Venue: Mure Room, Merton College

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Oxford University Ukrainian Society had a privilege to host Hennadiy Afanasiev, a Ukrainian human rights activist of Crimean origin who spent two years in Russian prison. After the annexation of Crimea, Mr Afanasiev was arrested on the charge of 'terrorist activities' for participating in pro-Ukrainian demonstrations and sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment in a Russian colony. As a result of a high-profile prisoner exchange, he was released in 2016.

 

Mr. Afanasiev shared with us the terrifying yet inspirational story of his struggles, his captivity and his ongoing human rights activism. Answering a question from the floor, he confessed that even if he knew beforehand he would be kidnapped, tortured, and unfairly imprisoned he still would not have changed anything. After the discussion we had a walk around Merton College and an informal conversation with Hennadiy Afanasiev, the man who symbolises Ukraine’s struggle for freedom and justice.


The event was co-organised by Truth and Peace Oxford GTC Series.

 

 

 

 

 


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