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“Crimean saboteurs” are left in the pre-detention centre of Simferopol until 8 July

Detained Crimeans Vladimir Dudka, Dmitry Shtyblikov and Alexei Bessarabov, who are accused of preparing “sabotage” in the territory of Crimea, “Kiev District Court” of Simferopol extended arrest for another two months, until 8 July.

Decisions on the extension of the measure of restraint in the form of detention regarding the citizens of Sevastopol were made by “judge” Olga Kuznetsova on 2 May, 2017.

As it became known to the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG), the meetings were held in a small courtroom, designed for 5-6 people.

The relatives of Shtyblikov came to court from Sevastopol to support Dmitry. There was no other possibility to see the Crimean for the Shtyblikov family.

Relatives told the CHRG that the court-appointed lawyer brought two people to the court who, according to relatives, had specially occupied places for visitors. The lawyer introduced them as his assistants and insisted that they have to attend the meeting. The investigator supported the lawyer. As a result, not all Shtyblikov’s relatives were able to attend the courtroom, but the lawyer himself did not stay on the announcement of the court’s decision. Dmitry Shtyblikov still does not have an independent lawyer.

Dudka’s relatives told the CHRG that Vladimir had lost weight. On the eve of the trial of Vladimir Dudka, a representative of the Russian ombudsman visited the pre-detention centre. Relatives hope that now they will be able to hand over to Vladimir necessary medicines because after the arrest several chronic diseases have worsened.

In February this year, Dudka told the court that he and other arrested persons are not being provided with the necessary medical care in the Simferopol pre-detention centre. The medications that the relatives had previously given him were given with a delay of a month.

Recall, on 6 March, the Leninsky District Court of Sevastopol extended the preventive measure in the form of detention until 8 May, 2017 regarding the activist arrested in case of “Ukrainian saboteurs” Vladimir Dudka, Dmitry Shtyblikov and Alexei Bessarabov. Vladimir Dudka, as well as Dmitry Shtyblikov and Alexei Bessarabov were detained on 9 November, 2016 in Sevastopol. According to the FSS, they are participants in the sabotage-terrorist group of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

The Crimean human rights group stated that the citizens of Ukraine detained in Crimea in the period from August to November 2016 in the case of the so-called “Ukrainian saboteurs” (Evgeny Panov, Andrei Zakhtey, Redvan Suleimanov, Vladimir Prisich, Dmitry Shtyblikov, Alexei Bessarabov, Vladimir Dudka, Gleb Shabliy, Alexei Stogniy), are imprisoned for political reasons with violation of fundamental rights and freedoms and are political prisoners.



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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