There are almost 2,500 people in pretrial detention center of Simferopol in Crimea occupied by the Russian Federation, although the center is intended for keeping 1,100 detained people, lawyer Mykola Polozov has said.
"The temporary detention center on the territory of peninsula is only one in Simferopol. It is intended for keeping 1,100 people. Now it contains nearly 2,500 people sleeping in shifts. Taking into consideration the geographical position of Crimea, it is very hot there in summer, hard to bear...," Polozov said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.
According to Polozov, there are Muslims among prisoners of the Simferopol prison, and "that thin broth is cooked on the basis of pork fat there."
Polozov also said that lawyers, public defenders, detainees’ relatives can hardly get into the building of the detention center.
"The fact of getting arrested in Crimea is a significant trial for a man, in my opinion, compared to tortures. Only a monitoring mission is permitted to do this, and it is not allowed in Crimea," Polozov said.
He also noted that negotiations between Russian and Ukrainian ombudsmen on the transfer of a number of Ukrainian citizens for serving their sentences in Ukraine, who had previously been convicted and detained in the pretrial detention center in Simferopol, have led nowhere.