Three Days in Crimean Captivity – The Story of Katya and Shura

Three Days in Crimean Captivity – The Story of Katya and Shura

Voices of Ukraine

By Miriam Dragina , citizen journalist, poet, screenwriter
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 5.28.33 PM“They said that I killed people back there, asked if I was given drugs, whether I drank tea there. They shamed and blackmailed me, saying, “You’re a Crimean, with such lineage, such family, such grandparents–how can you be such a disgrace to everyone?! You Banderite!”

On March 9, 2014, at the Turetskiy Val checkpoint, two cars were stopped on their way to Crimea. In one of the cars, there were two Automaidan activists, Olexandra “Shura” Ryazantseva, and Kateryna “Katya” Butko.

In the other car were journalist Elena Maksymenko, photographer Oles Kromplyas, and driver Yevhen Rakhno. After being detained, all five of them disappeared. For three days, their relatives, friends, and acquaintances along with other activists searched for them. The story has a happy ending. The prisoners were found.

Today, I got a…

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