Ukraine's law enforcers detain Putin's confidant at border with annexed Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

The detained will be served charges
18:23, 23 April 2018

State Border Service

The Ukrainian law enforcers detained a woman who was the 'confidant' of Vladimir Putin at the recent election of Russia's president in the peninsula at the administrative border with annexed Crimea on April 23. The press service of the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea reported this.

A citizen of Ukraine was detained at Chonhar checkpoint. It was established that she organized and held the illegal gathering of the signatures at the peninsula for the support of the nomination of Putin for the presidency. She acted in the interests of Russia and Russian non-governmental organization 'Victory Volunteers'.

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'In such way, this citizen of Ukraine assisted Russia and the non-governmental organization 'Victory Volunteers' in the holding of the subversive activity against Ukraine, to the detriment of its sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability by participating in the official preparation procedure to the illegal holding of Russia's presidential election at the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and Sevastopol', the message said.

The detained will be served charges. She can be accused of the state treason.

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Russia traditionally holds the elections in Crimea since the annexation of the peninsula. Particularly, the election to the Russian State Duma took place in September 2016.

On March 18, 2018, at the fourth anniversary of the annexation, the election of the president of Russia took place there.

Refat Chubarov, the Chairman of Crimean Tatar Mejlis reported on the low turnout in Crimea. According to Russia's Central Election Committee, 1, 079, 531 persons participated in the election.

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized the Russian election in Crimea illegal and doubted the legitimacy of the election.

Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine submitted a draft law to the parliament that provides the revoking of the Ukrainian citizenship due to the participation in the Russian election in Crimea.

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