Two hundred and forty women were sentenced to imprisonment in Crimea after the occupation of the peninsula by the Russian Federation. It is reported by Center of Information on Human Rights, referring to the response of the Federal Penitentiary Service at the request of the Moscow Helsinki Group.
According to the Russian prison service, in the period since 18th of March 2014 to the 15th of June 2016 240 women were convicted in the territory of Crimea, and were sent from Simferopol prison to correctional colony to serve their sentences.
"All these women from Crimea are sent to serve their sentences in the territory of the Russian Federation, what is a gross violation of international humanitarian law. It contains a prohibition for the occupant state the movement of the civilian population or in occupied territories. For example, under the Rome Statute, forcible transfer of population is one of war crimes", –on the chairman of the Center of Information for Human Rights Tetiana Pechonchik commented.
She also added that the peculiarity of Crimea is that there were no penal institutions intended for a stay of women before the occupation of the peninsula: women were sent to serve their sentences in other regions of Ukraine.
"Now women are sent to the CC-3 of Krasnodar region, village Dvubratskij; CC -18 in the city of Azov, Rostov region, to the CC-7 in the city of Zelenokumsk of Stavropol Krai; CC-28 in Leninsk of Volgograd region, to the CC-6 of the Republic of Adygea", – the expert of the Regional human rights center, lawyer Roman Martynovskyj informed.
Besides of women, minors are in the same condition, because there are no proper colonies for them. According to Martynovskyj, they are sent to prison in Kamyshin of Volgograd region and Belorechensk of Krasnodar Krai.