The organizer and two participants of a gathering devoted to 201st anniversary of Ukraine’s outstanding poet Taras Shevchenko’s anniversary, who were arrested in Simferopol over Ukrainian symbols used during the event.
The organizers had wanted to hold the gathering near the monument to Taras Shevchenko, but the authorities refused permission, agreeing only to the meeting taking place in Gagarin Park.
The police did not interrupt the meeting, still took the organizer – Leonid Kuzmin and two participants to the police station for questioning for as they unfurled Ukrainian flag, with “Crimea is Ukraine” inscription on it.
Local authorities had banned conducting events dedicated to Ukrainian poet Shevchenko in Simferopol’ Shevchenko Park, which is located in Crimean capital’s center. They had banned the majority of mass events in the centre of Simferopol since the region’s unification with Russia a year ago.
Note: Shevchenko—Ukraine’s most prominent poet, well-known all over the World-- was born a peasant in 1814 in a part of the Russian Empire which is now Ukraine. He spent most of his life as a servant studying art and in 1845 he was exiled for his beliefs of liberating Ukraine. He was imprisoned in St. Petersburg where he wrote some of his greatest poems before he died in 1861 at the age of 47.
There are statues of him all across the world including Winnipeg, Ukraine, Russia, and multiple European countries.