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44 Ukrainians disappeared in Crimea since its annexation
16:49, 30 August 2017
44 Ukrainians disappeared in Crimea since its annexation

18 of these people are reported missing

16:49, 30 August 2017

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44 Ukrainians have disappeared in Crimea after its annexation since 2014, and the occupation authorities have been involved in the forced disappearance of 38 of them. This was stated by human rights activist and coordinator of the public organization Crimea.SOS Tamila Tasheva, reports Ukrainian News agency.

According to her, 17 Ukrainian citizens were later released, two were convicted by the occupation authorities and serve sentences, and six were found dead.

"In general, if we talk about the facts of forced disappearances, there are 18 people who disappeared up until now in Crimea, most of them are Crimean Tatars. Since the beginning of the occupation of Crimea, there have been 44 cases of involuntary disappearances in the territory of peninsula. In 38 cases there are facts that indicate involvement of Russian government agencies in the commission of these crimes, "she said.

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It is reported that the Crimean Prosecutor's Office opened four criminal proceedings on the disappearance of Ukrainian citizens in Crimea, and Ukraine’s National Police opened 42 cases. In addition, the investigative bodies know of at least ten people involved in the disappearances.

As it was reported earlier arrested in Crimea are being tortured, according to human rights advocates. The people are threatened into silence on the torturing.

Related: Court in occupied Crimea leaves Ukrainian under arrest

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