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September 10 — September 16 News Digest

September 16, 2016 12:41 0 3984 QirimInfo
US will not recognize elections in Crimea, search in house of chairman of local mejlis, OSCE experts called on Russian authorities to release Mykola Semena for treatment on mainland and more.

OSCE will not mention Crimea in report on elections to Russian parliament

September 12. OSCE observers will not put occupied Crimea in the report on the observation of elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation. This was stated by the Head of Mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Jan Petersen in an interview with Izvestia.

According to him, OSCE observers are distributed throughout the territory of the Russian Federation. But as the work of the OSCE is "based on the consensus of all OSCE member states", Crimea is not part of the observation.


EU condemned conducting Russian elections in Crimea

September 12. The European Union condemns conducting Russian elections to State Duma in occupied Crimea and Sevastopol, a spokesman for the European Commission Maja Kocijancic said at a briefing in Brussels. Representation of observers from the EU and the OSCE mission will be limited to only the internationally recognized borders of the Russian Federation.


Crimean «Court» rejected appeals of three complaints in case of Ilmi Umerov

September 13. Russian Crimean Supreme Court rejected three appeals in the case of Ilmi Umerov, the lawyer of Umerov Nikolai Polozov said. Three hearings in a row were held on September 13.

FSB investigators in Crimea opened a criminal case under article "extremism" against the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov. Investigators suspect him of committing public appeals and actions aimed at changing the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.


Russian Ombudsman: Ukraine ready to take 17 convicted Crimeans

September 14. Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatyana Moskalkova told about preparation of transfer 17 prisoners serving sentences in Crimea to Ukraine. At issue are prisoners who have been convicted by the Ukrainian court  until March 18, 2014. Earlier, the Ombudsmen of Russia and Ukraine agreed on the transfer people convicted in Crimea  to serve their sentences in Ukraine.


In Crimea search was conducted in house of chairman of local mejlis

September 14. The search was conducted in Pervomaisky district of Crimea in the village Grishino in the house of the chairman of local mejlis Enver Alyadinov. Local police raided under the pretext of drug search. Enver Alyadinov considers that the searches are connected with his public activity.


OSCE experts called on Russian authorities to release Mykola Semena for treatment on mainland

September 15. OSCE experts on civil liberties called on the Russian authorities to ensure the Crimean journalist Mykola Semena an opportunity to undergo medical treatment in a specialized medical institution. In a statement, the experts expressed concern about the deteriorating of health of Mykola Semena — journalist needs an operation, otherwise there is the risk of disability. The criminal case, instituted against him by FSB, does not allow him to go to mainland Ukraine for treatment.


US Ambassador: US will not recognize elections in Crimea

September 15. Marie Yovanovitch reminded that US will never recognize Crimea as part of Russia. She also called totally unacceptable what is happening on the peninsula with the Crimean Tatars, and added that the US is closely watching the political trials taking place in Crimea.

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