Activists have launched a social media campaign to demonstrate their support for Crimean political prisoners in Russia.
According to Olga Afanasieva, Gennadii Afanasiev’s mother, this kind of support will be the best present for her son on his birthday: “Gennadii will be 25 on 8th November — it’s his second birthday behind bars. What present can one give to a person in such grave circumstances? You can give him a hope and faith that these hardships will end soon. And love… love of his friends, relatives and people, who care.
“To express our support for Gennadii — and Oleg Sentsov and Olexandr Kolchenko — we are launching a campaign of solidarity with them: photos from Ukraine and other countries with hashtags #freeafanasiev, #freesentsov, #freekolchenko. Send your photos to us or post them yourself. You can also write words of congratulations for Gennadii’s birthday under the photos! We will forward them,” said Olga.