SAINT-PETERSBURG (QHA) -

 

On November 18, activists in St. Petersburg held solitary pickets in support of the Crimean Tatars, as well as against repression in the Russia-annexed Crimea, according to the reports by the public initiative "Strategy-18" on Facebook.

Activists went to pickets with Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar flags.

 

 

The people who came to the picket held posters with inscriptions: "Due to sufferings of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians, the former resort of Crimea is turning into a military base," "Russia can not have a veto right at the UN," "Russia has no future without repentance of crimes against deported peoples," and others.




Some of the activists called for a boycott of the World Cup, which Russia will host in the summer of 2018, for the release of the Ukrainian filmmaker, Crimean Oleg Sentsov and other political prisoners of the Kremlin.

One of the activists, who held the Ukrainian flag in Nevsky Prospekt, was approached by local residents. They demanded to stop the action. The police intervened in the conflict, and decided not to impede the picket.

It should be noted that the activists of St. Petersburg and Moscow united in an unlimited campaign called "Strategy-18" in honor of the day of deportation the Crimean Tatars on May 18, 1944. Every month on the 18th, activists take to the streets to tell about the situation in the annexed Crimea, to inform the Russian society about the facts of violation of human rights and freedoms.

QHA