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Political prisoners in Crimea are kept in inhumane conditions, – lawyer

Prisoners complain about the overcrowding, poor sanitation, insect bites, lack of proper nutrition and medical care.

Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov reported to Crimean human rights group about the conditions in Simferopol pre-detention centre were the citizens of Ukraine are being kept.

According to him, the political prisoners, many of which are kept in detention for almost a year, do not have the opportunity to see their family members.

Kurbedinov also said that the amount of detainees on cells is 2 times more than the amount of beds for them: “People sleep on beds in turn. If the cell has 10 beds – there are 20 people kept in there.”

The defendants complain to the lawyer regarding the poor sanitation in the cells and the lack of proper nutrition.

“The prisoners can eat only what was brought by the family and friends. Food (which is given in pre-detention centre, – Ed.) is terrible and it is impossible to eat it. The guys say that when the soup is brought, leather with wool floats in it. If this is a mush, it is cooked on such quality oil, that within a week your stomach will just “stop”. Bread is half-baked” – reported Kurbedinov.

According to the lawyer, the people in pre-detention centre are suffering from the bites of fleas and bedbugs.

“Emir Usein (Kuku – Ed.) has strong itch. When he was in a mental hospital, he was kept in a separate room. Apparently, these parasites have mutated and cannot be treated by any means.”

In such conditions, many prisoners now have health problems, but the necessary medical care cannot be provided in pre-detention centre because of the lack of necessary medication.

“In the infirmary they say directly that they do not receive needed medicines from Moscow. And Arsen Dzhepparov had the surgery done by the detainees – they operated the boil. When he was taken to the hospital, he was already feeling very bad. He was operated and still being under general anaesthesia was thrown back into the cell. He was not even let to recover in the hospital. He awaked from the anaesthesia already in the cell,”- Kurbedinov reported to Crimean human rights group.

Earlier Meryem Kuku reported the CHRG that the state of health of her husband Amir-Usein got worth, but the necessary medical care is not provided in the pre-detention centre due to lack of necessary medicines.

According to CHRG, custody also threatens the health of Vladimir Baluch, who claimed at the hearing that he needed medical help. Because of the overcrowding in prison cells, where Baluch originally was contained, his chronic bronchitis recrudesced



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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