03 September 2019, 11:51

59 Crimeans prosecuted for refusing to serve in Russian army

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Russia prosecuted 59 people in illegally annexed Crimea for refusing to serve in the Russian armed forces, UNN reports, citing the Kyiv-based Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

“It was established that within the period from April 1, 2015 to July 1, 2018, the occupation authorities prosecuted 35 people for refusing to serve. Currently – 59,” the report said.

Reportedly, Russia conscripted more than 17,000 Crimean residents for military service.

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Conducting a recruitment campaign among residents of the occupied territories 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 the Crimea, violate Article 51 of the Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (Fourth Geneva Convention), and the transfer of called-up Ukrainian citizens from occupied territory to Russian territory violates article 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 the illegally annexed Crimea into the Armed Forces of Russia. This information should be the basis for the opening of criminal proceedings.

According to the Crimean Human Rights Group, in July of this year, the occupation authorities of the Crimea issued five convictions to residents of the peninsula for rejecting military service in Russia. In total at that time there were 69 cases.