Russia violates rights of Ukrainians, who refused from Russian passports in Crimea

Russia violates rights of Ukrainians, who refused from Russian passports in Crimea

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Russia violates the rights of those who refused to receive the Russian passports on the territory of annexed Crimea. In particular, those people are expelled as migrants who violated the terms of state in the country, as Crimean human rights group informs, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“Russian Federation deprives of the rights of those Ukrainians who refused or could not get a Russian passport on the occupied territory. Above all, it is expressed in the fact that they don’t have an opportunity to find a job, to receive normal medical assistance, and after all, they are expelled from Crimea under the norms of the Russian Administrative Code,” Oleksandr Syedov, the analytic from Crimean human rights group said.

He stressed that since the peninsula was annexed in 2014 and till February 2018, Crimea’s occupation authorities rendered 6970 decisions on punishment, allegedly, for violation of terms of stay in Crimea. Syedov specified that the citizens might be punished with a fee, deportation or a verbal warning.
“We analyzed thousands of decisions in the period of April 2016 – November 2017. It showed that 37% of the decisions concern deportation. Only 4% of them are either a verbal warning or closed cases,” the human rights advocate said.

According to him, it concerns the Ukrainians or foreigners with a residence permit issued by Ukraine.
“As an occupant state, Russia mist obligate all the rights of the population on the occupied territory. It doesn’t have a right to limit the people depending on whether they have the passport or not. And as the occupant state, Russia has to provide the right to work, the right for normal medical assistance and, after all, it has no right to expel the citizens,” Crimean human rights group insists.
Earlier, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine urged Russia to return the Crimeans and their families and stop the tactic of enforced disappearance and tortures to persecute and suppress their political dissension.

As it known, Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014 after the illegal referendum. On March 17, 2014, Putin signed an order which recognizes Crimea’s “independence”. On the next day, he signed an agreement which joins Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia.
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