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June 20 - July 3 News Digest: Top 10 Stories about Crimea

July 03, 2015 17:13 0 2611
QirimInfo has selected last two weeks’ most important Crimea-related stories

Crimean court has extended the detention for a defendant in “February 26 case”

June 22. Crimean court has decided to keep Ali Asanov in custody for two more months. Asanov, who was detained in April for participating in the rally on February 26, 2014, has four underage children with the youngest one being less than a month old. He is also supporting his disabled father.  

 

Russian Prosecutor General’s office is to charge the authors of a memo for tourists

June 22. Russian Prosecutor General’s office is demanding to file a case against the Society for Protecting Consumer Rights “Public Control”. The organization has published a memo for tourists recommending visitors to ask Ukrainian authorities for permission to enter Crimea. Law enforcers perceive this as a call for violating territorial integrity of Russia.  

 

Prosecutor General’s office has warned Crimeans not to hold events on Ukrainian Constitution Day

June 24. Russian Prosecutor General’s office has warned Crimean activists that any rallies or events on Ukrainian Constitution Day are unacceptable. Ukrainian activist Leonid Kuzmin, one of the founders of Ukrainian Cultural Center in Simfeporol, was among the people, who received this warning. City’s Deputy Prosecutor Andrei Zobkov reminded Kuzmin that holding rallies without authorities’ concurrence is illegal.  

 

 

140 children were denied entry to Crimea

June 25. New rules for entering and departing Crimea have complicated the process of crossing the administrative border with the occupied peninsula. 140 children, whose parents did not prepare the proper documents, were denied entry.  

 

Crimean authorities have declared a number of media outlets organizations non grata

June 25. A number of Ukrainian media outlets, including Crimea.Realities, a Crimea-focused subdivision of Radio Liberty, Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR, QHA news agency and 15 Minutes news website, were declared organizations non grata in Crimea. Journalists for these organizations are banned from working at public events on the peninsula.  

 

Canada has expanded sanctions against Russia and Crimea

June 29. Because of Russia’s aggressive policy against Ukraine, Canada has decided to widen its anti-Russian sanctions. 14 companies and organizations, including Gazprom, Gazprom Neft and Transneft, and 3 Russian citizens — the leaders of the Eurasian Youth Union Alexander Dugin, Pavel Kanischev and Andrei Kovalenko — were added to the sanctions list. Canada has also imposed a ban on imports to and exports from Crimea, along with a ban on investing and selling financial services.  

 

Crimea is to control the import of goods from Ukraine more strictly

July 1. Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance is planning to toughen the control on the import of goods from Ukraine to Crimea. According to a statement on its website, the extra scrutiny will be focused on the products of vegetable and animal origin.  

 

The Chairman of the Mejlis says that it is important to give Crimea a status of national and territorial subdivision

July 1. Refat Chubarov, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar has opposed President Petro Poroshenko’s vision regarding the reinstatement of rights of the Crimean Tatar people as an indigenous people of Crimea.  Chubarov said that the reinstatement of rights of the indigenous people cannot be provided only by a right for “national and cultural autonomy”. He says that changes to the Constitution of Ukraine giving Crimea a status of national and territorial subdivision are needed.  

 

Ukraine has increased priced for electricity it sells to Crimea

July 2. Starting July 1, the price for electricity sold to the peninsula was increased by 14,4%, the Minister of Energy and Coal Mining of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn has said during a press conference in Kyiv.   

 

Utility fees were increased in Crimea.

July 3. In July the utility fees on the peninsula were increased. The prices were increased by 15% for water and electricity and by 10% for gas.

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