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September 17 — September 23 News Digest

September 23, 2016 16:51 0 4769 QirimInfo
Illegitimate elections in Crimea, fine for a post in the social network dating back six years, struggle with collaborators in Mejlis and more.

Ukraine condemns Russia's organization of elections in Crimea and Sevastopol

September 19. Ukraine strongly condemns the organization by Russian Federation elections to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the seventh convocation on the territory temporarily occupied its Autonomous Republic of Crimea and in Sevastopol. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explains that he assignment of Russia an integral part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine to a single federal electoral district, as well as the creation of four single-mandate majoritarian constituencies the Crimean peninsula is a flagrant violation of the fundamental norms and principles of international law. That is why the results of voting and powers of deputies of the State Duma, elected in occupied Crimea, are illegitimate. And on September 20 the Verkhovna Rada adopted on non-recognition by Ukraine elections in Russian Federation.

In addition, the prosecutor's office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has opened criminal proceedings on the fact of elections in Crimea.

 

Activists called on PACE to influence Russian Federation in order to stop persecution of journalist Semena

September 19. At the meeting of the PACE Committee in Kyiv, a journalist from Crimea Anna Andrievska released a report on the situation with freedom of speech in Crimea and presented a public appeal to the PACE members that they contribute to the possibility of leaving the Crimean journalist Mykola Semena for treatment in Kyiv and the closing of the criminal case initiated against him by occupation authorities in Crimea. The appeal was signed by representatives of such organizations as Media initiative on human rights, CrimeaSOS, Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, the Information Centre for Human Rights, Center for Civil Liberties, EuromaindanSOS and former political prisoner, an activist Gennadii Afanasiev.

Besides of that, on September 22 at the plenary session on freedom of speech in the OSCE member countries, representatives of the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian public paid attention to the systematic violations of freedom of speech in Crimea. In addition, they urged Russia to allow the journalist Mykola Semena to go to mainland Ukraine to receive medical care and to terminate the criminal prosecution against him.

 

In Crimea activist fined for post in social network, dating from 2010

September 21. In Crimea in Simferopol railway court in the evening September 20 activist Oleksii Shestakovich was fined for 1000 rubles under Russian AK 20.29 "Production and distribution of extremist materials". Lawyer Oleksandr Popkov said that the case is politically motivated, as Shestakovich held actions in solidarity with the political prisoners of the Russian Federation, including in support of Crimean Oleksandr Kolchenko.

 

Ukrainian Parliament supported idea of creating Crimean Tatar autonomy

September 23. Verkhovna Rada deputies voted for the recommendations resulting from the parliamentary hearings "Strategy for the Reintegration to Ukraine temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol". According to the recommendations, the president was recommended to convey Parliament's decision recognition of the Crimean Tatars, the Karaites, Krymchaks as indigenous peoples of Crimea. It was also proposed to optimize the administrative and territorial unit of Crimea. MPs offered to deprive the city of Sevastopol a special status, which it has to date, and to change the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Crimean Tatars Autonomous Republic.

 

Mejlis suspended membership of persons cooperating with occupier

September 23. Membership of three members of the Mejlis Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Eider Adzhimambetov, the Mufti of Crimea Emirali Ablaev, the new Russian "civil servant" Ruslan Yakubov suspended. The reason of such a decision is their participation in political activities organized by the occupation authorities (elections, meetings, rallies, agitation, etc.) in Crimea, as well as statements and comments in the media, incompatible with the status of the delegate of Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar people.

 

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