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 Crimean detainees forced by occupying authorities to acquire Russian citizenship, - human rights defenders

Human rights defenders announce of pressure over detainees by occupational Russian authorities in Crimea with the purpose to force them acquire Russian citizenship.

This was announced by expert of the regional center for human rights and Ukrainian Helsinki Union on human rights Roman Martynovskyi at a briefing, Censor.NET informs citing Ukrainski Novyny.

According to him, many detainees who had been sentenced in Crimea were transferred from prison facilities of the peninsula to the territory of Russia.

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"It's extremely difficult to obtain information about such persons, but we know certain cases of unprecedented pressure upon detainees with the purpose of forcing them to acquire Russian passports. People are forced both psychologically and physically. We know about cases when citizens were placed in disciplinary and punishment cells after another refusal to sign documents for the Russian passport," he said.

Martynovskyi noted that such detainees have sent a statement to human rights defenders with a plea to help, for the Ukrainian state is passive regarding the matter. The detainees were asking to assist them with returning to their homeland.

The human rights defender stressed that there exist legal mechanisms for the return to Ukraine of this exact category of prisoners, but there is no political will and responsibility by the state regarding its citizens.

At the same time, Deputy Justice Minister Serhii Petukhov said that that the decision to transfer detainees from occupied Crimea to the territory of Russia is illegal.
 
 
 
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