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June 11 — June 17 News Digest

June 17, 2016 12:59 0 2235 QirimInfo
Afanasiev and Soloshenko returned to Ukraine, FSB conducted search at Dnieper volunteer in Crimea, the chief editor of the newspaper «Argumenty Nedeli – Krym» Aleksej Salov was detained in occupied Crimea and more.

FSB conducted search at Dnieper volunteer in Crimea

June 13. In occupied Crimea officers of the Federal Security Service conducted a search at the Dnieper volunteer Natalia Vaschenko. Vashenko has Crimean residence, but she resides in Dnieper already several years. Recently, she came to her mother to Crimea, and a few days later FSB officers came to her house. According to the volunteer, security forces took her personal laptop and threatened her with arrest during the search. The search was conducted on Thursday, June 2nd in Kerch.


Crimean Tatar woman sued for insult on the ground of national origin

June 14. Crimean Tatar Urie Seytmambetova, working as a nurse, arrived on a call to the patient. When a woman, caring for her grandmother, learned that the nurse is Crimean Tatar, began to behave aggressively towards Seytmambetova.

Russian police refused to do anything and offered Seytmambetova to hush up the affair.


Afanasiev and Soloshenko returned to Ukraine

June 14. Ukrainians Gennadij Afanasiev and Yurij Soloshenko, illegally convicted in Russia, returned to Ukraine.

"Finally! Gennadij Afanasiev and Yurij Soloshenko are already on board of the Ukrainian aircraft and are flying from Moscow to Ukraine. How long we have been fighting for this moment!" – Poroshenko wrote in his twitter account.


Witnesses of «Hizb ut-Tahrir» case retracted their testimonies

June 14. As the lawyer of the accused Emil Kurbedinov reported on his Facebook page, testimonies of witnesses differ from those that were in the protocols.

"It was adjourned a trial in a military court in Rostov-on-Don! The case against Zeytullaev, Primov, Vaitov, Sayfullaev continues! Three witnesses gave totally different testimonies in court than they were recorded in the protocols of interrogation at the pretrial investigation. They retracted their accusatory testimonies”, — he said.


«AN – Krym» editorial board: detention of Salov connected with his journalistic work

June 15.  On June 14th the chief editor of the newspaper "Argumenty Nedeli – Krym" Aleksej Salov was detained in occupied Crimea. The newspaper "Argumenty Nedeli – Krym" believes that the arrest of the chief editor Aleksej Salov connected with his journalistic work.

"This arrest is related to his journalistic work in Vladimir six years ago. Aleksej was not afraid to tell the truth, sometimes even unattractive, for someone uncomfortable. And, apparently, many people in the region did not like it", – it is said in a statement of the editorial board.


Memorial: aggression towards LGBT community increased in Crimea

June 16. Russian Human Rights Center «Memorial» published a report, which says that after the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia intolerance towards the LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people) increased. Also human rights activists noted that not only the LGBT community faced the problems of intolerance, but also "unusual-looking people".

The report "Violation of the rights of LGBT people in Crimea and Donbas: the problem of homophobia in the territories uncontrolled by Ukraine" prepared by the Anti-Discrimination Center "Memorial" with the support of the Center for Civil Liberties.


EU extended sanctions against Crimea

June 17. The European Union has decided to extend sanctions against occupied Crimea and Sevastopol.

"On June 17th, 2016, the Council extended the restrictive measures for the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia until 23rd of June 2017", — it is stated in the message of the EU Council.

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