Isolyatsia: must speak

About the project

On 10 December 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in cooperation with the Ukrainian Institute, the International Foundation Izolyatsia, journalist, writer, and former political prisoner Stanislav Aseyev presented the project «Izolyatsia: Must Speak». 

The purpose of the project

To draw attention of the international community to the tortures and inhumane treatment in the illegal prison called «Izolyatsia». This facility was established by the illegal armed groups of the Russian Federation in 2014 by turning a well-known art space «Izolyatsia» into an infamous illegal detention center. A comprehensive campaign provides for work in several areaspolitical, public and informational. 

«Severe human rights violations, illegal arrests, fake trials and unspeakable long sentences of up to 20 years in prison based on fabricated charges have become inherent elements of Russia`s repressive policy in the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea. We are doing our best to keep this in the focus of attention of our international partners and encourage them to hold all responsible accountable. In this regard we commend the announcement made three days ago on the launch of the EU global human rights mechanism. We will be working on its application in our case»

— Emine Dzhaparova, First Deputy Foreign Minister said.

Presentation of the "Isolyatsia: must speak" project

During the presentation of the “Isolyatsia: must speak” project, Stanislav Aseyev presented his book «The Bights Path. History of One Concentration Camp», which stands as documentary evidence of war crimes that took place in the «Izolyatsia» prison.  

The book was translated into English with the support of the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine. 

«People are being tortured not only to extract the necessary testimony. The specificity of Isolation is that even when you have already signed everything, you continue to be tortured»,

— said the former political prisoner. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, all diplomatic missions of Ukraine abroad, as well as the Ukrainian Institute and the International Foundation Izolyatsia was actively working on the implementation of the campaign in 2021. 

About the Izolyatsia

Izolyatsia, established in 2010 in Donetsk on the premises of the former factory for insulation materials, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization promoting cultural initiatives. Izolyatsia is a platform for research, discussion and presentation of current socio-political issues at local and global levels. Izolyatsia carries out projects at the intersection of contemporary art and civil society and works in the following areas: research, design and exhibition activities, art residences.  

In June 2014, illegal armed groups of the Russian Federation seized its premises and the institution was forced to move to Kyiv. The illegal armed groups turned an art space Isolyatsia into infamous illegal prison. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports on the human rights situation in Ukraine, Isolyatsia prisoners have been tortured and exposed to sexual violence.