The payments are being made during a person’s unlawful detention and one year after the release. 

In September of 2023, nine Ukrainian citizens who are political prisoners in the Russian Federation got Levko Lukianenko scholarships from the state. The Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine reported this on September 26. 

“The Levko Lukianenko State Scholarship is an award by decree of the President of Ukraine, given to people who are unlawfully detained by the Russian Federation or occupational authorities controlled by Russia because of their social or political activities,” states the Ministry. 

In August, the families of Ukrainian prisoners of war and citizens who have returned from captivity got financial help of 90 million hryvnias from the state.  

Editor’s note: Levko Lukianenko is a Ukrainian politician, dissident, and one of the founders of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group. In his lifetime, he spent around 27 years in Soviet prisons and prison camps. 

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