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Crimean citizens are forced for the replacement of Ukrainian car number plates under the threat of fines

ГИБДД останавливают авто с украинскими номерами

The Russian traffic police conduct special activities to identify Crimean cars with Ukrainian number plates in Crimea. The police stop those cars and make a warning to Crimean drivers.


рапортThe citizen of the Crimean village was stopped on the highway Simferopol – Feodosiya while he was driving a car with Ukrainian number plates. The information about the driver and the car was recorded by the police lieutenant in its report, which noted that the driver was issued a verbal warning. Police have warned that after 10 days, if the vehicle is not re-registered according to Russian law, the administrative report of the offense would be made regarding this driver, which would entail a fine of 500 rubles, and if the car is not re-registered, it can be taken to secure vehicle compound.


The driver watched as the traffic police stopped another car with Ukrainian number plates during half an hour and the driver was asked to go to the police car.


Another Crimean citizen reported to Crimean Human Rights Group that traffic police patrol specifically the villages of Crimea and identify cars with Ukrainian numbers plates.

Lets recall that, according to the decree of the Russian Federation Government of 31 October, 2015 № 1171 “On Amendments to the Russian Federation Government Decree of 27 April, 2015 № 399” all the registration documents for the car, as well as number plates issued prior to 18 March, 2014 in Ukraine, Crimea residents should replaced by Russian. This decree contradicts the norms of the Russian legislation. Thus, Article 12 of the Federal Law “On admission of Republic of Crimea to the Russian Federation” says that legal documents of Ukraine will act indefinitely. Despite this, car owners are obliged to change documents, otherwise they face a fine of 500 rubles, and for repeated violation they may be deprived of the right to drive vehicles for a period from one to three months.

Many car owners are not willing to change the number plates and documents on Russian, issued in Crimea, because such documents, according to the norms of international law are invalid.

Furthermore, to leave Crimea to mainland Ukraine by car with Russian license plates issued in Crimea is impossible, as Ukraine does not recognize the documents issued by the Russian Federation in Crimea.

Crimean Human Rights Group together with a number of non-governmental organizations demanded that the Ukrainian authorities to develop a mechanism for the temporary issuance of Ukrainian number plates for Ukrainian citizens from Crimea at “adminborder” in the Kherson region, so Crimean citizens could implement their legitimate right to use private property and freedom of movement on the mainland of Ukraine. At this time, there is no such opportunity for the Crimean citizens who had to change the number plates and documents on Russian.



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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