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The FSS persecutes Vinogradov family of Ukrainian activists in Crimea

Андрій Виноградов и Наталка Харченко, фото Фейсбук

Today, on 29 May, in the FSS office in Crimea Ukrainian activist Natalia Kharchenko was questioned again; she is the wife of the activist of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre Andrei Vinogradov.

This is the fourth interrogation since the search of the Vinogradovs’ house.

Natalia’s lawyer Edem Sememlyaev told the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) that the investigator asked his client one question whether she knows the login and password for entering the page of Natalia Kharchenko in the social network VKontakte.

“We referred to Article 51 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation and refused to give any evidence. The questioning lasted for about 20 minutes this time, “explained the lawyer.

“In the case of Natalia Kharchenko, a pre-investigation is still conducted; this may lead to the initiation of a criminal case. Computer equipment that was seized earlier is still not returned, “- said Semedlyaev and added that each questioning negatively affects the health of his client.

Pre-investigation checks against Natalia Kharchenko are carried out in accordance with Part 2 of Article 280.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Public appeals for the implementation of actions aimed at violating the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation”. In the beginning of January the FSS officers conducted a search in the spouses’ home. According to the lawyer, the FSS investigator has already collected two volumes of the “case.”

According to Andrey Vinogradov  who is a husband of Natalya, his wife was summoned to the FSS for the fourth time, after the “house search” in January of this year in her parents’ home where she lives with her husband and two young children.

“The calls for questioning began after the search on 12 January, 2017. At seven in the morning, eight people arrived by car. On paper there was simply a court decision to “examine the premises,” but the reasons for this “serch” were not indicated. Police officers conducted such a “search” for about three hours. They did not search all the rooms; they searched only our bedroom, the library and the rooms where the equipment was. They took only those devices which we were using to go online. Four computers were seized and have not been returned yet. These were computers of my wife, my father-in-law, my mother-in-law and mine. Our phones were taken for about forty minutes, they looked through contacts, copied some information and returned them,” -Vinogradov told to CHRG.

The activist believes that the FSS officers tried to force the spouses to testify against themselves.

“When we were summoned for a second time, the investigator said that we should come to pick up the equipment. However, when we arrived, they did not give us any equipment. They put a condition: either we testify against ourselves and say whose computer is that or equipment will not be returned to us,” – said Vinogradov to CHRG.



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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