According to the human rights defenders, the Russian occupation regime in Crimea opened 125 cases, imposing heavy fines against religious organizations and believers over years of occupation.
The Crimean Human Rights Group reported that as of the end of June, a total of 125 administrative proceedings initiated under Article 5.26 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation over allegedly illegal missionary activity with a total fine of RUB 1,613,500 [approx. USD 22,00].
Yusuf Ashirov, the imam of the Muslim religious community from Alushta was fined RUB 5,000 for praying "without the permission" of the so-called Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea.
The human rights group noted that in May 2021, the same so-called judge, "justice of the peace" Svetlana Vlasova, fined the same community RUB 30,000 for "storing religious literature in the mosque."
The report also added that on June 1, "justice of the peace" Ullubiy Isayev fined the Church of Christians of the Evangelical Faith "Light of Peace" RUB 30,000 for allegedly illegal missionary activity.
The Crimean Human Rights Group recalled that such actions by the occupying authorities violate both the Fourth Geneva Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights, namely Article 9 on freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.