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Activists in Simferopol reported about arrest and illegal detentions

Фото Дмитрия Кисиева

In the evening of 25 March, 7 activists were detained in Verona cafe in Simferopol. The detainees themselves reported about this fact on their pages in social networks. Among the detainees are people who tried to organize a protest action against corruption in Simferopol. The action was refused. After that activists tried to organize a series of single pickets, however they were detained by the police during a meeting in a cafe.

“Several policemen in uniform went into the cafe, approached our table and asked to present identification documents, calling it a check. One of them introduced himself as a senior sergeant. We demonstrated the documents. After the collection of passports and other certificates, we were taken out of the cafe and put in a vehicle without special identification marks. We were brought to the police department No. 3 “Central” of the Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Simferopol (Futbolistov street, 20), we were kept a little inside the car, and we were taken to separate offices. Later, after questioning about the reason for the detention, we were given a answer that they had an “orientation” on us. Each of the seven “tea-party” participants in the cafe had to undergo the following procedures: a written explanation of the actions, a complete examination of belongings, fingerprints and DNA,” – wrote one of the detainees in her blog.

According to the activists’ information, after being interrogated by the police, they were taken to the Crimean Scientific and Practical Centre of Necrology (Fevralskaya Street, 13).

“Everyone passed a test for alcoholic intoxication. As expected, nothing was found. They released us after 11 pm,” a detained activist reported in her blog post.

The members of the group reported that they were released without making any accusations and without providing protocols on detention. As the activists say, they were held in a police department for more than legally allowed 3 hours.

The next day, one of these activists, Dmitry Kisiev, wrote on his page in the social network that he was arrested for 10 days. “According to the decision of the district court of the district of Simferopol, at Khromchenko Street, 6A I was assigned 10 days of arrest for a single picket.”

Another member of this group, Alexei Efremov, wrote on 26 March in the social network that he was detained by the police again. “Once again, people in plainclothes, showing me only one ID of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, putted me in a car and allegedly taking me for examination” – he wrote. Later he reported that, by a court decision, he was fined 500 rubles for violation of article 19.3 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (Disobedience to the lawful order of a police officer). Efremov said that the reason for giving of 10 days of arrest to Dmitry Kisiev was the same article.



Crimean citizens are recruited into the Russian army in violation of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of WarOn 30 July, 2017 another action was held in Sevastopol calling to serve under the contract in the Russian army. The citizens of Sevastopol again were recruited for military service. At the so-called “point of selection for military service on a contract basis” they distributed booklets with agitation to serve in separate coastal defence brigade 126 and in landing ships brigade 197 of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. Agitation was held in Sevastopol during the celebration of the day of the Navy on Nakhimov Square. According to the Crimea.Realii website, an exhibition of land military equipment was held on the same square; The exhibition included: a mobile coastal anti-ship missile system “Bastion” with a unified homing missile “Yakhont”, a mobile command and staff radio station, a floating wheeled armoured personnel carrier, an anti-aircraft missile system S-300 “Favorit” for the destruction of modern and prospective aircraft, a 122 mm missile-antiaircraft complex Grad, a multiple launch rocket system “Uragan”, an anti-aircraft missile system “Pantsir”, an air defence missile system “Osa”, a charging car, a self-propelled artillery “Gvozdika”. According to Russian media, the occupation authorities held a naval parade in the city, where military a demonstration fire was organized. The event began with the entrance of the three-masted sailing frigate “Khersones” to the Sevastopol Bay, at which students of the Ukrainian University (Kerch State Maritime Technological University) earlier had a maritime practice. According to local and Russian media, the training ship “Perekop”, missile cruiser “Moscow” and the diesel-electric submarine “Stary Oskol”, as well as the naval aviation Ka-27 helicopters and Su-30SM fighters, also took part in the military parade. Such actions of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine, which was occupied by it, grossly violate international humanitarian law and are prohibited by international conventions. The Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) earlier recorded the holding of similar agitation events for military service in the Russian army in the occupied peninsula. We remind you that Article 51 of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War explicitly prohibits the invocation of an occupying power in the occupied territory. The head of the CHRG, Olga Skrypnik, noted that among other things the Convention prohibits propaganda of the military conscription in the occupied territories, including all the advertising posters, various “patriotic” events in schools and universities where people are called to go to the Russian army. Both contractual and regular service are under the ban. Photos of the mobile point of military drafting and promotional booklets were made on 30 July in Sevastopol.

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