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Several dozen people who went to protest were detained in Crimea

Administrative protocols were made regarding two activists who tried to organize the picket;  written “explanations” were taken from the rest.

On 26 June, 2017 in Simferopol, Russian-controlled police officers detained several dozen Crimeans who came to Lenin Square to oppose the “nationalization” of the Salyut children’s camp.

The Crimeans did not take out the posters that they brought with them, since the Simferopol authorities refused to agree on a public event, declared as a picket against the illegal nationalization of the pioneer Salyut camp.

Activist Ilya Bolshedvorov posted a video on his social network page where it can be seen how police officers approach the square. One of them introduced himself as Lieutenant Colonel Nikitin Sergey Vasilievich. He said that the Crimeans gathered for an uncoordinated mass event and therefore were detained and would be taken to the Central Police Station of Simferopol. After that, the police officers took people, among who were women with children, to the police bus.

Bolshedvorov wrote in the social network that after the people were taken to the police department, one of the activists started to feel bad: “Chairman of the Culture Union of the Republic of Crimea Galina Borisovna Lemeshko started to feel bad in the Central Internal Affairs Directorate, after the illegal detention in Lenin Square. She was taken away by the ambulance. ”

Ilya Bolshedorov told the CHRG that in relation to him and Alexander Trunov, who is a member of the Crimean trade union of cultural workers, administrative reports were made.

“On 26.06 2017 at the address: Simferopol, Lenin square, Mr. Bolshedorov I.V. was found, who violated the established procedure for holding a rally, which was expressed in violation of part 5 of Article 5 of Federal Law No. 54-FL of 19 June 2014 “On meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets,” the protocol says.

The Crimean is accused according to the part 1, article 20.2 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (Violation of the established procedure for organizing or holding a meeting, rally, demonstration, procession or picketing). The activist faces a fine of 10 to 20 thousand rubles or compulsory work for up to forty hours.

“Explanations” were taken from the other Crimeans and then they were released.

Earlier, the Crimean human rights group reported that Crimean activist Bolshedvorov was trying to coordinate a picket against the illegal nationalization of the pioneer camp Salyut with local authorities twice, but received written refusals.

The authorities of Simferopol, controlled by the Russian Federation, in their refusals referred to the fact that other public events had allegedly have been agreed at the same time and place.



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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