Activists of Ukrainian Cultural Center detained in annexed Crimea
12:24, 15 October 2015

Activists of Ukrainian Cultural Center detained in annexed Crimea

They came to the monument to Khmelnitsky to lay flowers and it was interpreted as extremism

12:24, 15 October 2015

In annexed Simferopol, October 14, Russian law enforcers detained three members of the Ukrainian cultural center at the monument to Bohdan Khmelnitsky, where they came to lay flowers on the occasion of the Day of Ukrainian Cossacks. Activists were immediately taken away for questioning to the local center to combat extremism (Center "E"),

“We came to the monument on the late afternoon, and we really had no time to do something [some damage] there. Several police officers came close to us and some people in civilian clothes too. They asked us to show our IDs. Making sure that we do have them, they are asked to go with them for questioning and took us to the Center “E”),” stated one of the activists Leonid Kuzmyn.

“Some law enforcement officers say they are still employees of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs. They recorded our phone numbers, deleted the photos from our cell phones and let free,” he said.

“I was also said that the Ukrainian Cultural Center is an extremist organization and falls under article 2.82 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation - the creation of extremist organizations or extremist community, "confessed the activist. He said that the main claim of law enforcement officers was connected with alleged attempt of unauthorized rally. Comments of Crimean law enforcement agencies in this regard are missing.

October 14, in annexed Simferopol Russian police surrounded the monument to Taras Shevchenko, where the pro-Ukrainian activists brought flowers on the occasion of the Defender of Ukraine Day, the Day of Ukrainian Cossacks and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army Day.

After the annexation of the Crimea Russian pro-Ukrainian activists are constantly harassed by law enforcement officers in the Crimea.

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