Crimean 'court' arrests ex-president of Crimea Yuriy Meshkov

Source : 112 Ukraine

The only president of Crimea in 1994-1995, Meshkov spends 48 hours behind the bars for resisting a police officer
13:39, 20 March 2019

Yuriy Meshkov, former president of Crimea

The Kremlin-controlled Central District Court of the occupied Simferopol arrested Yuriy Meshkov, the ex-president of Crimea. The man ended up behind the bars, as they detained him for 'resisting police workers'. Krym.Realii news agency reported that, quoting the self-styled leader of so-called 'Crimean Cossacks' Sergei Akimov.

According to the 'official', Meshkov is detained for 48 hours.

Related: Ex-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine names necessary steps to return Crimea

The actual detention took place on March 18, as an unknown person contacted the local law enforcers, stating that Meshkov was under the influence of some psychoactive substance. Thet took him in and examined him; according to Meshkov himself, no traces of alcohol or drugs were found in his blood. 

In late February, ex-president of Crimea Yuriy Meshkov criticized the incumbent pro-Kremlin government of Crimea for 'treachery' against Russia during the annexation of the peninsula in 2014.

Related: Russia's annexation of Crimea: Five years later

Meshkov, born in Dnipropetrovsk region, is a former Crimean politician and lawyer. In 1994-1995, he served as the first and the only president of Crimea, and also as the federal representative of the Council of Ministers of Crimea in 1994. 

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