: Pro-Ukrainian activist arrested in occupied Crimea

12:37 Jul. 19, 2016

Pro-Ukrainian activist arrested in occupied Crimea

(UNIAN Photo)

Activist is accused of separatism

Larysa Kytayska was detained on Monday, the Crimean Human Rights group says.

Kytayska's daughter told the group that her mother was interrogated and taken to her apartment in Yalta to conduct a search. Since then the whereabouts of Larysa Kytayska are unknown.

The detained woman lives in Kyiv but has property in occupied Crimea. She comes there from time to time. Russian Federal Security Service previously threatened to expropriate her property.

Russian police do not give any official information on detainment.

Human rights organization "Memorial" on Monday, July 18, acknowledged four Crimean activists, accused of terrorism by Russian authorities, as political prisoners. The prosecution incriminates them with links to a pan-Islamic political organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir", banned in Russia. Ruslan Zeytullayev faces charges of terrorist organization management and could get a life-long imprisonment. Three more activists could face confinement of up to 10 years.

Persecution of pro-Ukrainian activists has become a customary practice in occupied Crimea. Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a report on accountability for killings in Ukraine from January 2014 to May 2016.

Read more Telegraph: Crimea Tatars endure second tragedy under Russian rule

The document, in particular, mentions violations and abuses of the right to life in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. Nevertheless, Moscow systematically rejects all accusations of repressions.

Read more OSCE slams Russia's violations of human rights in Crimea

Verhovna Rada of Ukraine has officially acknowledged February 20th, 2014 as the start of a Russian occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. International organizations have admitted the annexation was illegal. Western countries have implied sanctions against Russia. Moscow denies occupation and calls it "restoring historical justice".


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