1) The political prisoner status should be assigned to a culprit by his personal application - it should eliminate speculations both of secret services who wish to introduce political prisoners as criminals and political adversaries.
2) The political prisoner status could be applied to culprits as well as to convicted for a crime persons.
3) The political prisoner status is not a ground for legal responsibility mitigation.
4) The Red Cross, human rights organization and other public representatives should be admitted to visit political prisoners to control detention conditions and fulfilment of law demands, prevention of tortures or cruel treatment.
5) Political prisoners should be allowed to receive and to store books, newpapers and letters unrestrictedly.
6) Political prisoners should have a right for meeting with their family members and close one not less than once a week during not less than two hours.
7) Political prisoners should be kept separately from other detainees - it eliminates the possibility of pressure on them by agents as it happened to Sergey Berdugin and had no small share in his death.
An addition to 7). By their own wish political prisoners may be kept together with other detainees on common basis. In this order they should write a relevant application.
The RAF comissar Ulrika Meinhof’s arrest
In December 2006-January 2007 the political prisoner on the “Odessa case” Igor Danilov was keeping a permanent hunger strike. According to him it was the only way to be listened to, to make the Rada examine his bill draft on political prisoner status. Igor considers conditions provided recently in the majority of Ukrainian and Russian penal colonies unbearable for political prisoners, it means necessary to change something. Something like an interview appeared from our correspondence and talks during short meetings which I am offering you.
- Igor, I consider a hunger strike in your situation not only harmful and dangerous but also senseless. Is a political prisoner status necessary at all? What could it give us? Your separation (that once means ours, too) into a distinct category would only harden your fate - it would facilitate full isolation and total control by authorities and colonies administration. Remember RAF members’ fate in their time. The same will be ours. A separate close prison will be built so you won’t be able to send a note, anything...
- If they wish to get rid of us like of RAF members - they’ll do it anyway like Putin has got rid of Raduev supposedly sentenced to life in prison in Russia. The RAF case is only a possible variant of contour but the case of Berdugin and the pressure on National-Bolsheviks in Russian prisons are real, here (in Krivoy Rog. - A.P.) I was promised the same in the beginning. What happens do Ilya does happen just because of absence of the law and the status. The authorities don’t understand the very difference and try to use common methods. As a result they had to retreat, but this takes a lot of your and political prisoners’ efforts and resources. Most of all it concerns pass-over prisons until communication is set. The present situation with absence of a law is more convenient for authorities. There is a paragraph about free visits of the Red Cross and other human rights organizations representatives in the law that complicates such contour as full isolation. Moreover, as I have mentioned at the meeting, there is an addition to the 7th paragraph that by his own wish a political prisoner may be kept on common basis. There is more chance for this law to be adopted in Ukraine than in Russia.
- Well, do you think everything you have written would be adopted? All the “unrestricted letters”, meetings mitigations, etc? Who could let us live in an easy street? Again, if it is not adopted - is there any reason to assert it by such way?
- Well, I’ll be useful at least. Otherwise this question isn’t arisen at all. On the other hand, the administration won’t behave so fearless here.
- It doesn’t seem to be heard in such way. If all the political prisoners in Ukraine and, as far as possible, in Russia, too, at least, + leaders of large opposition political parties, + several hundreds symathizers declare a termless hunger strike until the Rada and Duma, respectively, examination of the draft bill on status, there might be some effect...
- Not everyone has realized the necessity of such law adoption yet, not everybody considers it important enough. Well, let us use the opportunities we have. That’s better than not to do anything.