Top stories of the morning: “Supreme Court” of Crimea rescheduled hearing of the Bekirov’s case due to the deterioration of his health, Russia issued 25 thousand passports to residents of Donbass, NABU reported suspicions to Grymchak and his “assistant”
Due to the deteriorating health of Crimean Tatar political prisoner Edem Bekirov, the “Supreme Court” of the annexed Crimea postponed consideration of the application for the transfer of the Bekirov case to the “Krasnoperekopsky District Court” of Crimea or the “Central District Court” of Simferopol, according the Human Rights Commissioner of Ukraine Lyudmila Denisova: “Bekirov could not participate in the hearing by videoconference as planned. To do this, he had to come from his cell to a specially equipped room on the territory of the detention center,” she said. The meeting of the “Supreme Court” was postponed to 14:00 on August 20.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia said that 25 thousand Ukrainians living in Donetsk and Luhansk regions have already received Russian citizenship. The ministry said that more than 60 thousand applications were submitted from the ORDLO. Also, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation intends to increase the staffing of migration units “due to the influx of people who seek to obtain Russian citizenship.”
Valery Kirsanov, a forward observer of the shelling of Mariupol, who was released on August 15, was doused with green dye and tomato juice right outside the detention center. People were holding posters in their hands saying “Kirsanov is Killer” and “Vostochny remembers”.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau reported suspicions to the deputy minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Yuri Grymchak and his “assistant” Igor Ovdienko. The legal qualification of the actions of these persons is part 4 of article 190 of the Criminal Code – fraud committed on an especially large scale or by an organized group) is punishable by imprisonment of 5 to 12 years with confiscation of property.
Nine inter-parliamentary organizations will be invited to the first meeting of the reconvened Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, in particular the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Among the invited organizations are PACE, the European Parliament, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the GUAM Parliamentary Assembly and others. The first session will be held on August 29.