In their report Populists and Autocrats: The Dual Threat to Global Democracy, the Freedom House marked Crimea separately from Ukraine because it’s not a political map, but shows the level of freedom and democracy, as coordinator of the organization in Ukraine Zorian Kys told Krym.Realii.
According to Kys, the Freedom House advocates for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, but de-facto the peninsula is controlled by Russia. He also denied allegations that Crimea is a part of Russia on the map, emphasizing that the peninsula is marked separately.
“It’s not a political map, but the map of freedom and democracy levels. The Freedom House’s attitude is clear and unchangeable: Crimea is a part of Ukraine. There’s no room for discussing this…De-facto, Crimea is controlled by Russia, Russian laws are working there, as well as the so-called security forces of Russia. It can’t be overlooked. This is why we evaluated Crimea separately from the territory of Ukraine, but also separately from Russia,” he said.
It’s worth noting that, according to the report, the freedom level in Crimea is 9 out of 100, among the lowest ratings in the whole world. It’s worse than in Russia (20/100), while Ukraine’s freedom is evaluated as 61/100.
As it was reported earlier, human rights advocates in occupied Crimea told about Russian security services using tortures against arrested.