The European Parliament approved the resolution, which urges the Russian authorities to set free 31 Ukrainian citizens who are currently held in Russia as political prisoners. Radio Liberty’s Rikard Jozwiak tweeted that on Thursday.
‘EP plenary have passed a resolution calling on Russia to release 31 citizens of Ukraine, Crimea. 451 for, 73 against and 86 abstentions,’ he wrote.
The European Parliament’s press service marked that the MEPs once again condemned the fact of the illegal annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula. ‘The EP expresses deep regret about the violations of freedom of speech, media freedom, forced introduction of Russian citizenship and discriminating policy carried out by the so-called ‘authorities’ - against Crimean Tatars, specifically,’ their message says.
The EU authority called on Russia to stop issuing Russian passports for residents of Crimea, as well as to cancel the decision of self-styled ‘Superior Court of Crimea’ to ban the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people.