: At least 179 Ukrainians moved to Russian jails since the beginning of occupation of Crimea

15:36 Apr. 1, 2016

At least 179 Ukrainians moved to Russian jails since the beginning of occupation of Crimea

A woman walks with her dog past a graffiti depicting the Russia and Crimean flags on the outskirts of Simferopol, Crimea, on Jan. 25, 2016 (AP)

Kyiv says Russia constantly rejects any requests to return Ukrainian citizens back home

At least 179 Ukrainians were transferred to Russian jails from the currently occupied Crimean peninsula, according to Ukraine's Foreign Ministry. Although the Ministry insists this is not the final number.

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Ukrainian officials demand the Russian judiciary system to return the previously-convicted Ukrainians to the continental part of the country. Russian authorities have ignored previous requests from Kyiv, thus violating the rights of the convicted persons to serve their sentence in Ukraine.

Apart from this the self-proclaimed Russian-backed Crimean authorities changed without permission the terms of imprisonment for the Ukrainians, saying it is simply an adjustment to the Russian law.

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Russia annexed Crimean peninsula in the spring of 2014. Many of those who did not support the occupational powers were arrested for "violating the principles of international justice", according to the Russian criminal code.

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