Ukrainian Political Prisoner Project: Postcards for Prisoners and SUSK Collaboration
HOW TO START POSTCARDS FOR PRISONERS:
STEP 1: CHOOSE A PRISONER (ONE OR MORE)
There are now at least 70 Ukrainian political prisoners currently being held by the Kremlin. You can select a prisoner or prisoners from individual files on the UWC site. Please note Oleksandr Kostenko has been released.
A complete list with detailed biographies and any updated information is available by visiting Let My People Go!
STEP 2: PRINT OUT A CARD (OR CREATE/USE YOUR OWN)
Download a card from the UWC website.
If you’re organizing Postcards for Prisoners with your USO, cards can be provided for you.
STEP 3: WRITE A MESSAGE
Messages should be written on the left-hand side of the card. The Russian censors and prison authorities won’t pass on the cards unless they can read them, so messages must be in Russian. If you want to personalize your message and don’t speak Russian, use a resource like Google Translate. Be careful not to write political and/or nationalist messages because your card will be discarded.
A list of Russian phrases/messages can be found here.
Alternatively, you can simply sign the card.
STEP 5: PUT A STAMP ON YOUR CARD
To mail a postcard to Russia, international postage rates apply ($2.50 CAD). The stamp should go in the top right-hand corner.
SUSK will be sending club presidents stamps to offset costs.
You’re almost ready to mail your card, but step six is important!
STEP 6: TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR CARD AND POST TO SOCIAL MEDIA. TAG @SUSKNATIONAL ON ALL PLATFORMS
Use hashtags #PostcardsForPrisoners #FreeOlegSentsov #Free(insert name of prisoner)
Sharing this campaign publicly is integral. You are helping support the prisoners by sending the card and raising awareness. Let the world know what you are doing in hopes of making our voices loud enough for the eventual release of prisoners. When we work together, we are stronger and more visible.
For more information, check out: http://www.ukrainianworldcongress.org/UserFiles/Image/Human_rights/Support_Political_Prisoners(Eng).pdf