SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Activists of the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Russian-occupied Crimea, Olena Popova and Olga Pavlenko, were summoned by the senior assistant of the so-called prosecutor of Simferopol, Aleksei Puchkov, to the conversation.

The occupiers were interested in the work of the Center and the issue of the newspaper "Krimsky Teren".

Reportedly the activists used the right not to testify against themselves and their loved ones.

Reference: The Ukrainian Cultural Center of Crimea is not a political organization. It was created by activists in order to preserve and popularize the Ukrainian culture on the peninsula. The Crimean Human Rights Group notes that the Center's members are being pressured: they are called for interrogations and "conversations" with law enforcement agencies, warned of the inadmissibility of extremism.

Earlier, the Ukrainian Cultural Center in the occupied Crimea asked the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada to help in preserving Ukrainian culture and language on the annexed peninsula.

On May 7, 2015 in Simferopol, activists presented the opening of the Ukrainian Cultural Center, which would revive the Ukrainian language and culture on the peninsula, annexed by Russia.

QHA