US concerns over increase of political/religious prisoners in Russia

According to Mikrofonnews Agency (MHA), the United States of America has expressed concern over the increase in the number of political and religious prisoners in Russia.

A statement released by the US Department of State on Monday released details of 150 political and religious prisoners who have been identified by the reliable human rights organizations.

We are concerned about the condition of four Ukrainian prisoners who are jailed unfairly and at the moment are in a hunger strike, the statement says.

The statement has shown concern about Ayub Titiyov, a human rights activist who was arrested in Chechenia over drug-related charges and the pre-trial detention period for him has been extended recently.

The United States has also named five church leaders who are in prison since June 2017 without trial. The US officials urged Russia to release all those who are in prison over the charges of political and religious activities.

People in Russia have the right to hold their religious ceremonies freely and without fear, the statement adds.