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 Two Ukrainian human rights activitsts detained by FSB at Crimea border (updated)

Coordinator for Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) Olha Skrypnyk and her colleague Volodymyr Chekryhin have been detained by Russian FSB security agency at the administrative border with occupied Crimea, at Kalanchak checkpoint.

CHRG representative Iryna Siedova told Censor.NET.

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She said the human rights activists went there to monitor the checkpoint operation. Now none of them could be reached, Siedova said.

Hromadske Radio journalist Tetiana Kurmanova wrote on her Facebook page citing Siedova that Olha Skrypnyk, Volodymyr Chekryhin and one more person, presumably from the ombudsman's office, were detained in the gray area, questioned in the border guards' trailer, and then took deep into Crimea. As long as the activists cannot be reached, Siedova says this was a kidnapping.

CHRG is an initiative by representatives of several human rights organizations aimed at exercising respect and protection of human rights in Crimea by drawing public attention to human rights issues in the Russia-occupied peninsula. The Group was created in August 2015.

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Later, the Crimean Human Rights Group announced it managed to get hold of the representative of the ombudsman's office who was detained together with Skrypnyk and Cherkyhin at Kalanchak checkpoint.

"He [ombudsman's office representative - ed.] said the detainees had not been taken deep into Crimea. At the moment, Olha and Volodymyr are questioned by FSB officers at the Russian checkpoint on Crimean border," the Group said.
 
 
 
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