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 Russian Consumer Protection Agency does not recommend to travel to occupied Crimea or buy real estate in the peninsula

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Russian Consumer Rights Protection Agency (CRPA) advises Russian citizens to obtain permission from the Ukrainian authorities to enter Crimea and also not to buy property and goods on the territory of the annexed peninsula.

This is reported by Censor.NET citing Kommersant.

Experts warn that tourists who had visited the peninsula without a permit can be prosecuted in Ukraine, and in regard to purchasing of real estate it is recommended to contact the Ukrainian state authorities.

"Russian tourists who visited Crimea without the permission of the Ukrainian authorities are in violation of the Law of Ukraine on the status of the occupied territories," the summary notes. "In this regard thereto may be sanctioned by both Ukraine and other UN member states. In some cases, criminal prosecution and placement of the international wanted list are possible."

Read more: EU extends sanctions against Russian occupied Crimea for another year

The Criminal Code of Ukraine (Art. 332-1) provides for up to three years in prison (up to eight years if committed by an organized group) for violation of the order of entry into the territory of the country "in order to harm the interests of the state". Violation of the order of entry and exit without intent against the interests of Ukraine provides for administrative fine or 15 days in jail.

The authors of the memo advise Russian citizens to obtain permission of the Ukrainian Border Service when crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border through the checkpoint in the Kherson region. Human rights activists, citing the data of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office, reports that currently 97 criminal cases have been initiated regarding captains of tourist ships who entered Crimean ports without permission.

The CRPA also recommends Russian citizens to refrain from acquiring real estate in Crimea. Since the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine blocked the access of Crimea and Sevastopol administrations to the State Register of Ukraine, which registers real estate transactions, it is virtually impossible to confirm the rights of the owner of real estate, check the legal purity of the object, its history.

 
 
 
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