During the last year, the courts in Crimea occupied by Russia issued orders on deportation and forcible displacement of at least 178 people who are considered as foreigners, according to the Russian immigration legislation, as Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Matilda Bogner reported.
“The citizens of Ukraine, who had to leave Crimea, did not have passports of the Russian Federation, had registration or residence permit at mainland Ukraine and did not file the application or did not receive the Russian permanent residency. Thus, it is considered that they have no right to live in Crimea,” Bogner reported.
105 citizens of Ukraine are among deported persons (93 men and 12 women).
However, in comparison with previous years, the number of orders on deportation and displacement has reduced.
According to Bogner, it can be explained by the increase of cases of fines in cases tied with migration, growth of the number of Russian passports issued to the citizens of Crimea and temporary ban for deportation introduced from March 15, 2020, until July 15, 2021, due to Covid-19.
On February 17, the Russian Security Service (FSB) conducted searches in the homes of Crimean Tatars located in the annexed Crimea - at least six people were detained.
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry protested against Russia's illegal activities - cases of illegal searches and detentions in the occupied Crimea.