New facts of repressions against Crimean Tatars and Crimeans defending the rights of indigenous peoples were made public. This was stated in a new report "Political persecution in Russia: six months of 2017" by Boris Nemtsov Foundation For Freedom.
"We clearly see the tendency to chase away the indigenous population from the peninsula, especially the Crimean Tatars and Crimean Tatar activists. Conditions incompatible with normal life are formed for those who preserved Ukrainian citizenship, refusing to accept the Russian one," the report says.
According to the authors of the document, after the occupation peninsula became "territory out of law with the unprecedented and systematic violation of law and human rights due to lack of full access of human rights defenders and media representatives (mainly Ukrainian)."
The report names several groups that have been illegally persecuted, such as Crimean Tatars, Mejlis leaders and members, real and probable members of Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, banned in the Russian Federation, figurants of the so-called "26 February case," pro-Ukrainian residents of Crimea and pro-Ukrainian activists, Crimean journalists and Crimeans who refused to obtain Russian citizenship and Russian passports.
It is stated that in many cases these groups overlap, and the persecuted may turn out to be involved in several criminal cases.
The "number of persons at risk and the permanent danger of becoming defendants in existing and new criminal cases under various pretexts is vaguely wide and hundreds," the report says.
As it was reported earlier EU called to immediately release Ukrainians illegally detained in Crimea, Russia. This was announced by the President of European Council Donald Tusk during the joint press conference of EU-Ukraine summit.