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In the Crimean “court” the investigation with regard to the complaint of Ukrainian citizen Yevgeny Panov’s defense against the investigator’s actions has been postponed

On May 15th, 2017 in the “Kiev District Court” in Simferopol a court hearing was scheduled to review the complaint subject to of Art. 125 of the Russian Federation Code of Criminal Procedure on the actions of the investigator related to the violation of the right of the person involved in the case of “Ukrainian saboteurs” Yevgeny Panov for protection. About this the Crimean Human Rights Group was informed by Mr. Panov’s lawyer Olga Dinze.

According to the lawyer, in connection with the failure to ensure the Mr. Panov’s delivery from the Remand Prison to the courtroom, the complaint review was postponed to May 19th.

The judge has already reported that the grounds for seeking protection of violated rights in court have disappeared, since the lawyer has already been admitted to her defendant Mr. Panov.

The Crimean Human Rights Group reported earlier that after the figurant of the “case of Ukrainian saboteurs” Yevgeny Panov was transported from the Simferopol Remand Prison to Moscow, Olga and Dmitry Dinze became his lawyers in Russia.

The lawyers tried to visit the Ukrainian, but they were hindered in this, about which they filed the corresponding complaints. The defense demanded that the actions of the investigator of the investigational department of the Federal Security Service of Russia in Crimea and Sevastopol, Selivanov Konstantin Valerievich, shall be deemed illegal and unjustified, since this investigator on November 1st, 2016 did not let the lawyers Olga Dinze and Dmitry Dinze to visit their defendant Yevgeny Panov for investigative actions in Moscow.

On December 5th, 2016, the “Kyiv District Court” of Simferopol refused to satisfy the complaint of Panov’s lawyer about obstruction of admission to Panov in Lefortovo prison. The court dismissed the proceedings on this complaint.

On August 10th, 2016, the FSB of Russia reported that a group of “Ukrainian saboteurs” was detained in the occupied Crimea overnight into August 7th, who allegedly were preparing terrorist attacks at the territory of the peninsula.

Yevgeny Panov and Andrei Zakhtey sent to the Investigative Committee allegations of torture, which were applied to them after the detention.

The Crimean Human Rights Group stated that Mr. Panov and Mr. Zakhtey, like other figurants of the case of “Ukrainian saboteurs”, were imprisoned for political reasons with violation of fundamental rights and freedoms, and therefore they are deemed 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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