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Crimean citizen – the wife of Ukrainian activist Vinogradov is suspected in extremism

Нататлья Харченко и Андрей Виноградов, фото Фейсбук

Pre-investigation checks on the criminal article “extremism” are carried out with regard to Crimean citizen Natalia Kharchenko (the wife of the activist of Ukrainian cultural centre of Crimea Andrey Vinogradov) by the Federal Security Service of Russia officers in Crimea.

This was reported to the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) by the lawyer Edem Semedlyaev.

According to the lawyer, about 7 am on 12 January Russian Federal Security Service officers came to the house, where Natalia Kharchenko and Andrey Vinogradov are living together with their parents and young children. They presented to Crimean citizens so-called “the investigator’s decision to survey of the house.” As the result of this survey Natalia and Andrei were seized their computer equipment. Both were taken by the security forces to the “Russian Federal Security Service of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol” (13 Ivan Franko Street, Simferopol).

Semedlyaev informed CHRG that against Natalia Kharchenko investigation verification is conducted under Part 2 of Article 280 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (public calls for extremist activities committed using the mass media or information and telecommunication networks, including “Internet”). The investigator without presence of the lawyer got the woman’s explanations and “agreement on the pre-trial confidentiality of information.” Natalya came out of the Crimean department of the Federal Security Service of Russia only at 2 pm. She was scared and didn’t feel good.

According to the lawyer, at 11.30 am he arrived to the Federal Security Service of Russia, where Natalya and Andrey were, but he could get to the investigator only after few hours after the calls to the hotline of the the Federal Security Service of Russia. In his presence Andrey Vinogradov refused to testify, using Article 51 of the Constitution. Computer equipment was not returned to Vinogradov.

Crimean citizens are raising two young daughters.

Previously CHRG reported that according to the head of Ukrainian cultural centre of Crimea Leonid Kuzmin, Andrey Vinogradov informed him by phone this morning that Federal Security Service of Russia officers came and took him to the interrogation. Later it became known that both Crimean citizens were taken to the Federal Security Service of Russia office



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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