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365 people brought to responsibility in Crimea since February 2014

Prosecuting peaceful rally activists, Russia breaches the European Human Rights Convention
09:47, 1 October 2018

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Since February 2014 till September 2018, Russia has brought 365 people to administrative and criminal responsibility in the annexed Crimea. Crimean Human Rights Group reported this on Monday, specifying that twelve of them faced criminal responsibility, and the rest were brought to administrative responsibility.  

In 324 cases, the 'judges' ruled that fines will be applied; at least 22 cases of administrative arrests were reported. On eleven occasions, the 'court' ruled that public works should be conducted. 

In the so-called 'February 26 case', eight sentences were made: on one occasion, the sentence totaled eight years of imprisonment in a high-security penal colony (it was Ahtem Chyigoz, the deputy leader of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, released from prison after long negotiations, - 112 International), while the rest prison terms were suspended.

Crimean Human Rights Group reiterated that by prosecuting peaceful rally activists, Russia breaches Articles 10 and 11 of the European Human Rights Convention, which guarantee the freedom of thought and peaceful rallies. 

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