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Donbas SOS activist still held by Kremlin-backed militants

16.10.14

Olexandr Kudinov is only one of many hostages currently held by militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk peopleís republics, but his imprisonment is a particularly blow to Donetsk SOS since Kudinov was himself rescuing people from the area of conflict.†

As reported, 47-year-old Kudinov disappeared in Donetsk on Sept 22, and he is now thought to be a prisoner in the basement of the SBU building in Donetsk.

Over the last 6 months Kudinov played an active role, without fanfare and on a voluntary basis, in evacuating people from the areas of conflict in Donbas. According to Donbas SOS, he managed to get hundreds of people out, regardless of their political views, etc. †He was concerned first and foremost for their safety.†

A former police officer, Kudinov has been active for years in defending peopleís rights in Mariupol where he lives, and in the region.

Donbas SOS is calling on any member of the public who could have an influence on the militants to help obtain Oleksandr Kudinovís swift release.† They say that they are defending one of the best people in their region and that, freed, he will be able to help many more people.†

see also:
Civic activist abducted
Mariupol human rights activist taken hostage
Concern for civic activist and journalist seized by Luhansk militants
Journalist missing in Luhansk
Five journalists not on the list of Kremlin-backed militantsí hostages
Journalist covering siege of Ilovaisk taken prisoner
Abducted street artist released briefly, then imprisoned again
Journalist Dmytro Potekhin seized by militants
Kremlin-backed militants seize parents of a local journalist
Kremlin-backed militantsí resort to wholesale and merciless hostage-taking
Driver abducted while trying to evacuate an invalid