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 Ukrainians without Russian passports face discrimination in Crimea, - human rights activists

Ukrainian citizens, who live in the occupied Crimea and have not applied for Russian citizenship, face discrimination each day.

This was announced by human rights activists Olha Skrypnik and Serhii Zaiats on Oct. 12, at the conference "Kyivskyi Dialoh," Censor.NET reports citing Krym.Realii.

"Those who do not have Russian passports obtained in Crimea have limited access to health services, especially if we are talking about free health care. We have cases when it is clearly stated that the persons without Russian citizenship have no access to some services. In addition, there is a problem of treating drug addicts, because in Russia there is no the kind of therapy that there was in Ukraine," Olha Skrypnik.

Another problem faced by the Crimeans without Russian citizenship is employment, where they are also subject to discrimination, human rights watchers say.

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"There are job offers, and people without Russian passports or those who signed the so-called denial of Russian citizenship are not employed deliberately," Olha Skrypnik stated.

As reported, Crimea and Sevastopol were annexed by Russia on Feb. 20, 2014. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced the date the beginning of the temporary occupation of the peninsula.
 
 
 
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