Study on realities of prison life of political prisoners in the occupied Crimea and Russia will help Ukraine advocate for the de-occupation of Crimea, according to non-governmental organisation CrimeaSOS.
NGO CrimeaSOS presented the results of a study of confinement conditions in prisons, where 119 political prisoners from Crimea currently serve their sentences given by Russian "courts."
139 people have suffered from politically motivated criminal prosecution during the temporary occupation of Crimea, including 119 people who were given real prison sentences, the NGO informed.
Through the presentationon the relevant study on January 18, CrimeaSOS analyst Yevhen Yaroshenko said that the study focused on those who were given real prison sentences.
According to him, the study aims to show "another negative impact of Russia's occupation of Crimea and the systematic policy of terror and persecution that Russia uses to maintain de facto control over the territory and avoid any resistance from the population of the occupied peninsula."
"Criminal prosecution conducted by the occupying power, Russian security forces has nothing to do with justice or protection of the law in Crimea. It is exclusively a tool of persecution, a tool of pressure and a tool of control over the occupied territories and their population," Yaroshenko said.
According to the expert, the evidence of Russia's criminal activity in Crimea includes "numerous gross violations of human rights and also violations of the Russian Federation's domestic laws including; inhumane treatment, use of torture, imprisonment conditions threatening not only social rights of political prisoners but also their health and life."
Yaroshenko asserted that the information analysed by CrimeaSOS would help Ukraine "to advocate for [de-occupation of] Crimea, to put pressure on Russia through diplomatic methods."