Russia illegally persecutes 115 Crimean citizens.

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Russia illegally persecutes 115 citizens on groundless and politically motivated accusations in annexed Crimea as Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova reported on Facebook.

“115 people are illegally prosecuted by Russia on groundless and politically motivated accusations. Particularly, 40 Crimean Tatars stay in the custodial settings in the Russian territory; 32 people kept in the penal institutions in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and 15 people were released conditionally; currently, they stay at the places of their residence in the territory of the Crimean peninsula. They cannot come to mainland Ukraine because their right for freedom of movement and free choice of the place of residence,” Denisova wrote.

It is noted that 18.000 Crimeans were drafted into the Russian army starting from 2015. In summer 2019, at least 3.300 people were enlisted.

Related: Over 300 cases of pressure on journalists reported in Crimea during five years of occupation

According to Denisova, Russia replaces the population in the occupied territory of Crimea by its citizens as, after the occupation, part of the citizens of Ukraine moved to mainland Ukraine. Over 140.000 Russians were relocated during the occupation due to various reasons.

Earlier we reported that at least 369 cases of prosecution of the journalists spotted in the territory of annexed Crimea during past 5.5 years.

Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Crimea is announced to be temporary occupied territory.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced February 20, 2014, to be the year of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. On October 2015, then President Petro Poroshenko signed the proper law.

The international organization recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea as illegal and condemned the actions of Russia. West imposed the number of sanctions against Russia.

Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it “the restoration of the historical justice”.

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