According to Eskender Bariev, coordinator of the Committee on Protection of Rights of Crimean Tatars, people in Crimea face fines and even criminal prosecution for evasion from service in Russian army.
“We know many cases when representatives of police come home to those, who refuse to serve in the army of occupants, and promise to impose large fines and even initiate criminal prosecution for evasion from service in Russian army. They do not respond to the statements that the call-up papers were not received. They do not care about this, they are more interested in imposing fines of RUB 20,000,” said Eskender Bariev.
According to him, an active campaign on collecting signatures for a petition to the UN Secretary General and President of the Council of Europe on protection of Crimean Tatars, unwilling to serve in Russian army, is currently underway.