English journalist who covered cases of human rights violation was fined and expelled from Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the court, she violated the regulations of the entry and stay in Russia
18:18, 9 February 2018

Radio Liberty

Madeline Roach, the freelance journalist from England who specialized at the coverage of the violation of the human rights in post-Soviet countries was fined by Central District Court of Simferopol and was expelled from occupied Crimea as Radio Liberty reported.

It is noted that the officers of the law enforcement bodies detained Roach on February 7 in the hostel in Simferopol where she stayed during her visit to the peninsula. She was accused of the journalist activity in Crimea without the accreditation by the Russian Foreign Ministry and absence of medical insurance.

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The advocate provided to the journalist recommended Roach to admit the guilt, pay the fine and leave Crimea. Roach insisted in the court that she did not fulfill any editorial task and came to Crimea to get acquainted with the heroes of her articles.

According to the police, she shot and sent the video of the meeting of the political prisoners with Crimean Tatar families by phone.

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Roach supposes that the officers of the law enforcement bodies set up a watch after her and it is likely that they monitored her activity on the internet. Also, the police claimed at the court about the witnesses who spoke on the meetings with Roach but refused to call them or question them. Roach also claimed about the present medical insurance that she executed before the issuance of the Russian visa but the law enforcers answered that she needed a special medical insurance for Crimea. The journalist was fined by 68.5 dollars and left the peninsula the same day.

Emine Dzhalarova, the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine commented on the incident with the journalist on Facebook. According to her, Roach did not appeal to the Ukrainian ministry for the permission to entry Crimea.

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'Madeline Roach, the freelance journalist from England who was fined in occupied Crimea did not appeal to the Information Policy Ministry for the issuance of the permission to entry Crimea through the territory of Ukraine', she wrote.

Madeline Roach published the materials about the violation of the human rights in Crimea and prosecution of Crimean Tatars in such editions as The Moscow Times, Newsweek, The Globe and Mail and others.

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