In July 2019, five more residents of the peninsula were sentenced by the occupation authorities of Crimea for rejecting military service in Russia, reported the Crimean Human Rights Group.
In the spring, 2019, the ninth army conscription campaign was held on the annexed peninsula, where 3400 people were called up: 2800 from Crimea and 600 from Sevastopol.
It is noted that in 2019, 20 new criminal cases were initiated under the Art. 328 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “for evading military service in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.”, where 17 of them are adjudged guilty and 3 more are pending.
In July alone, 5 people were sentenced under this article. According to the Crimean Human Rights Group, totally, the minimum of such cases against Crimeans - 69.
Totally, since the occupation, about 18.9 thousand people of annexed Crimea including Sevastopol were conscripted into the Russian army.
The conscription of people from the occupied territories conducted into the army of the occupying state, as well as continuing propaganda of service in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Crimea are violating the Art. 51 of the Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (Fourth Geneva Convention), while the transfer of Ukrainian citizens from occupied territory to the territory of Russia is violating the Art. 49 of this Convention.
QHA media reported that the Crimean Human Rights Group sent information to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on the conscription of the inhabitants of illegally annexed Crimea into the Armed Forces of Russia. This information will be the basis for the opening of criminal proceedings.