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June 25 — July 2 News Digest

July 01, 2016 17:32 0 2561 QirimInfo
Ukrainian journalists ask let Mykola Semena out of Crimea, Trial of Crimean Muslims case adjourned until 11 July, EU prolonged sanctions against Russia and more.

Bailiff stopped work of SimCityTrans carrier in Simferopol

June 29. Federal Bailiffs Service stopped work of the SimCityTrans shipping company. SimCityTrans buses did not come to the city and long-distance trips first for 14 years.

Earlier, Russian authorities said about severing contracts with the company SimCityTrans.

 

Poroshenko confirmed his promise to add Crimean Tatar autonomy to the Constitution

June 29. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko reminded of his promise to create the Crimean Tatar autonomy. Poroshenko said about the necessity to amend Chapter 10 of the Constitution of Ukraine and to register the establishment of the Crimean Tatar autonomy for the first time on May 18th. Relevant amendments were proposed by Refat Chubarov in autumn 2015.

 

Ukrainian journalists ask let Mykola Semena out of Crimea

June 30. National Union of Journalists of Ukraine has sent to the government of the Russian Federation a request to allow the Crimean journalist Mykola Semena to move from the territory of the peninsula to the mainland of Ukraine. The relevant statement was published on the website of NUJU. Also NUJU asks the Russian Union of Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic to voice support for Mykola Semena.

Europe and the International Federation of Journalists previously expressed its support for Mykola Semena. Also the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic expressed her concern.

on April 19th Russian "prosecutor" of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya announced the instituting criminal proceedings against the Crimean journalist Mykola Semena for calls to violate the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.

 

Trial of Crimean Muslims case adjourned until 11 July

July 1. The trial of four Muslims from Crimea, accused of involvement in the Islamic organization "Hizb-ut-Tahrir", is adjourned. One of the judges is temporarily unable to participate in the process.

The case of four Muslims from the Crimea – Ferat Sayfullaev, Nuri (Yurij) Primov, Rustem Vaitov, Ruslan Zeytullaev is tried in the North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don. They are accused of involvement in the organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir", declared terrorist in Russia.

 

Lawyer of Ilmi Umerov seeking for his client status of persecuted for political reasons

July 1. Russian lawyer Mark Feigin, who protects the interests of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, said that he is seeking for his client status of persecuted for political reasons.

Feigin asked human rights organizations for support to achieve the goal.

 

EU prolonged sanctions against Russia

July 1. On the 1st of July 2016 EU Council extended the economic sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2017.

The reason for the extension of sanctions is non-implementation the Minsk agreements.

The sanctions were introduced on 31 July 2014 initially for one year in response to Russia's actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine, and were reinforced in September 2014. The measures target  the financial, energy and defence sectors, and the area of dual-use goods.

 

Ministry of Justice: negotiations on transfer of convicted persons from Crimea are in the final stage

July 2. Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine Natalia Sevostyanova  said that negotiations on the transfer to Kyiv citizens of Ukraine convicted in Crimea  are in the final stage.

There were more than a thousand prisoners serving sentences for crimes of varying severity at the time of the occupation of Crimea. After the annexation their cases were under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN). Some of the prisoners were taken to remote regions of Russia: Siberia, Mordovia and Adygea. 

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