Crimeans Threatened with Prison for Participating in Protest Actions

In Crimean school chats, messages are sent en masse to parents warning of “the inadmissibility of participating in protests.”

According to the CHRG, the parents are informed that “various resources have intensified the activities of various reactionary movements calling for participation in unauthorized anti-war rallies, and children are asked not to stay away and say their word.”

At the same time, parents are warned that “attending such events shall constitute a violation of the law, associated with the relevant types of liability (for example, fines of RUR10,000 to 20,000 for participation in unauthorized events, public appeals – RF CoAO Article 20.2-5, Article 20.2-6.1, Article 20.2.2-1); and criminal liability for repeated violations, involving fines of RUR600,000 to 1 million or imprisonment (RF CC Article 212-2, 212.1).

This being said, the administrative liability starts at the age of 16, and criminal liability at the age of 14. “

Parents are intimidated by allegedly “toxic content” that “can cause stress in children.”

At the same time, the Crimeans are explicitly reminded that on March 5 the Russian Federation passed a “law on criminal liability for spreading false information about the actions of the Russian military, discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and calling for anti-Russian sanctions” (so called Fake Law).

You should remember that on February 24, 2022, the Russian Federation launched a full-scale war against Ukraine, with missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine, and a direct full-scale invasion.

The Russian occupants are committing a number of war crimes in the territory of Ukraine, for instance, shelling of residential neighborhoods and civilian infrastructure, and looting. This is a violation of the International Humanitarian Law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

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