The lawyer Nikolay Polozov, together with his colleague Mark Feigin and the Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Refat Chubarov took part in a press conference on the trials of the Crimean Tatars. Polozov pointed the three steps that the Ukrainian government should make to help political prisoners in the occupied Crimea.
“First, to work out measures providing access to Crimea for Ukrainian and foreign journalists. But now it can be a complex issue. The easiest way is to take a plane from Moscow to Simferopol. Not everyone will go through the whole of Ukraine by train to administrative border, and then take a car. But the media coverage of events in the occupied Crimea is more important than political contingencies. The government must have a political will to enable journalists to come to Crimea, even from Moscow.
Second, to work out measures providing access to the trials of the Crimean political prisoners for representatives of foreign states. They will be able to watch and record all the offenses,” said Polozov, according to a QHA correspondent.
The lawyer said that the third step is to work out measures providing access to the occupied territories for monitoring missions. Today, the Kremlin's proteges invite foreign delegations to Crimea and show them "what a nice place it is."
“The informational vacuum around Crimea is a favourable environment for Russia to continue its villainy. A proper political decision will help to deal with the stance,” Nikolai Polozov believes.
Refat Chubarov said that today, human rights activists, lawyers and community leaders are discussing the creation of International Human Rights Committee in the temporarily occupied Crimea.