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Ex-president of Crimea released after detention in occupied Simferopol

He was arrested for two days due to “resisting police workers”
11:30, 22 March 2019

Yuriy Meshkov, former president of Crimea
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Ex-president of Crimea Yury Meshkov was released after two days of arrest as Crimea.Realii reported citing Serhy Akimov, the leader of so-called “Crimean Cossacks”.

The arrest of Meshkov ended on March 21.

“I feel OK. I interpret my arrest as a police operation,” Meshkov said.

He also emphasized that he was going to continue “the political fight against the improper leadership of Crimea”.

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Earlier, the Kremlin-controlled Central District Court of occupied Simferopol arrested the ex-president of Crimea. The man ended up behind the bars, as they detained him for 'resisting police workers'.

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. They 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.

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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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