In 2014, the Russian ‘authorities’ of the annexed Crimea defined 717 such places, where one could get an official license for holding public meetings. In early July 2016, the number of these places was cut down to 366. No explanations or grounds were provided for such decision, activists said. They added that in some towns and cities, the situation turns out even more complicated, as the number of ‘official meting places’ decreased fivefold.
The human rights watchers stress that this way, the Russian ‘government’ of Crimea tries limiting the people’s right to freedom of peaceful assembly, which is foreseen by respective articles of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, European Convention on Human Rights and other major internationally recognized documents.