As reported by Censor.NET citing the Consular Service Department, there is a growing number of cases of detention/arrest of Ukrainian citizens on the grounds of alleged finding of inappropriate items among their personal belongings, including drugs planted during their entry or stay in the territory of the Russian Federation.
"In order to avoid false imprisonment, it is necessary to exercise vigilance in such cases and stay alert being in contact with strangers, including officials of the Russian Federation authorized to carry out customs, passport and all other types of control," the department notes.
In addition, the Foreign Ministry warns Ukrainian citizens against involvement in illegal drug trafficking masked under the job of freight forwarder. The ministry recommends citizens to exercise extreme caution and vigilance in considering such proposals by intermediaries or individuals.
As noted, with such actions, as well as with numerous cases of failure to notify Ukraine's diplomatic and consular offices in the Russian Federation on detention of citizens of Ukraine, the Russian side violates the rules of international law in the sphere of observance of human rights and freedoms, as well as its international legal obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 and the Consular Convention between Ukraine and the Russian Federation of 1993.