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Ukrainian activist had to leave Crimea urgently because of the persecution of the FSS

Ukrainian activist Natalya Kharchenko had to leave Crimea yesterday, on 20 June, 2017, because of the persecution of the FSS.

As Natalia informed the Crimean Human Rights Group, today, in relation to her in Simferopol, where the woman lived with her young children and parents, the FSS officers plan to open a criminal case.

She came to Kiev with almost no belongings, leaving her children temporarily to her parents.

The Crimean human rights group reported earlier that on 12 January, 2017, employees of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSS) conducted an illegal search under the guise of an open house survey in the house of a family of Ukrainian activists Vinogradov-Kharchenko and seized several computers. After that, with respect to the Crimean woman, a pre-investigation check was started 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”. According to Crimean lawyer Edem Semedlyaev, the FSS investigator has already collected two volumes of information for this “case.”

Each month Natalia was called for “questioning” to the FSS, after which the woman had attacks of chronic diseases of the nervous system.

After the search and interrogation, Andrei Vinogradov lost his job in Crimea. He was forced to come to Kiev to find job and pick up the family few weeks ago. At this time, the family is looking for affordable housing and needs help.



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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