SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

Leonid Kuzmin, a teacher of history in one of Simferopol schools, who organized a gathering in Simferopol to commemorate 201st anniversary of Ukraine’s outstanding poet Taras Shevchenko, was dismissed from his work.

The organizer of the gathering Leonid Kuzmin and two participants of a meeting Vildar Shukurdzhiyev and Aleksandr Kravchenko were detained by police and taken to a local police station as they unfurled Ukrainian flag, with “Crimea is Ukraine” inscription on it.

Crimean court ordered Shukurdzhiyev 40 hours of correctional labor, charging him with violation of Russian law “On public gathering, meeting, demonstration, march or picket”.

The trial of Aleksandr Kravchenko is now underway, Leonid Kuzmin will be judged soon.

Local authorities had banned conducting events dedicated to Ukrainian poet Shevchenko in Simferopol’ Shevchenko Park, which is located in the city center. They had banned the majority of mass events in the center of Simferopol since the region’s unification with Russia a year ago.

Shevchenko is Ukraine’s most prominent poet, well-known all over the World. There are statues of him all across the world including Winnipeg, Ukraine, Russia, and multiple European countries.

QHA