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37 people were arrested for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018

Totally, 44 criminal cases for political reasons were opened in the Crimean peninsula
15:10, 7 January 2019

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37 people were arrested for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018. Olha Skrypnyk, the Head of “Crimean Human Rights Group” made such statement as organization reported.

“Talking about repression, 37 people were deprived of the liberty this year within the politically reasoned cases. 13 persons of them are civilians. There are the civic activists among them. For example, Server Mustafaev, Enver Bekirov, Yevhen Karakashev. 24 persons are our Ukrainian sailors, who are the prisoners of war,” she noted.

Related: UN General Assembly adopts Ukrainian resolution for human rights in Crimea

Besides, Skrypnyk added, that according to her information, the Russians opened 44 criminal cases for political reasons in Crimea last year.

The human rights activist reported that at least six people were arrested in Crimea in administrative cases. “The most well-known case out of them is the deprivation of liberty of lawyer of numerous political prisoners and Crimean Tatar advocate Emil Kurbedinov. It is an example that the pressure is still put on the lawyers in Crimea,” she said.

Related: 44 cases of human rights violations recorded in annexed Crimea over three months

As we reported Ukraine gathers the information on the violation of the ECHR decision by Russia on the provision of the treatment to the Ukrainian sailors and provision of all rights and freedoms to them, according to the European Convention on Human Rights. 

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