Overview of the situation in Crimea. February 2017
March 20, 2017 17:26
In February the pressure on the civil activists in Crimea continued. There were administrative detentions, searches, arrests, summonses for questioning. It is notable that not only pro-Ukrainian, but also pro-Russian activists, who are against the lawlessness of the officials and the police, become the object of repressive actions by de facto authorities more and more often. Moreover, there was the first precedent when 10 search witnesses were detained. The activity of independent press is limited significantly: Ukrainian Internet media resources are blocked, journalists are detained. The mobilization of contractors to the Russian army and so-called “vigilante groups” (“self-defense”) is conducted simultaneously in several towns of Crimea.