KYIV (QHA) -

Political prosecutions, absence of freedom of speech, dwelling searches and missing people – these were the topics broached at a press-conference ‘Occupational chronicles. Political persecutions in Crimea’, attended by Alexandra Romantsova, project coordinator of the Center for Civil Liberties and Stanislav Kravtsov, the ‘Crimea’ battalion commander.

As of now, there are 11 people on the ‘Let my people go’ list, organized by volunteers. Those who have been arrested or imprisoned for political reasons in the Russia-occupied Crimea can end up being on the list. Stanislav Kravtsov also got on the list being accused of hatred kindling under Section 282 of the Criminal Code.

Kravtsov said he and his family have been repeatedly interrogated. The main questions asked by the investigators are ‘terrorist’ activities in the ATO area, participation in Maidan, fascism. On September 1, his mother's dwelling was searched. According to Kravtsov, pressing and intimidating the relatives of those accused of political reasons is a massive thing now.

Kravtsov is planning to file a complaint against Russia and Ukraine to the European Court of Human Rights. The claim against Ukraine have arisen due to the lack of state support, as it neither provides financial and legal assistance to the Crimean political prisoners, nor initiates criminal cases against judges who have become traitors to their people.

In the course of the meeting the next people were mentioned: Euromaidan participant Oleg Sentsov and activist Oleksandr Kostenko, who are being persecuted for political reasons, and Rustem Seitov, who was fired as he had spoken the Crimean Tatar language.

As reported, the persecutions, which are not only politically motivated but also affect religious beliefs, freedom of speech and language, are more massive in Crimea than in Russia. Currently there are no effective mechanisms for protection from any kind of persecution in the Russia-annexed Crimea.

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