Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday, that he condemned the repressions and abuse of Ukrainian journalists in Crimea by Russian occupational authorities, Joinfo.ua reports.
“I consider it unacceptable to abuse Ukrainian journalists in the occupied Crimea .
Searches in the homes of the famous Crimean journalist Lilya Budzhurova and ATR channel staff – this is another violation of human rights on the peninsula and another attempt to revenge our citizens, who retain their dignity and do not accept the occupation of the Crimea.
It is also a violation of the Joint Declaration of 36 states on the situation of human rights in Russia temporarily occupied the Crimea, supported on 30 October abuse within the 70th UN General Assembly, which I initiated,” – said the President.
On Tuesday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine released a statement regarding Russian repressive policy against Ukrainians in the Russian Federation and occupied Crimea. It condemned the policy of the Russian authorities aimed at the destruction of not only Ukrainian state and persecution of its citizens, but all that may be related to Ukrainian culture
The international community has repeatedly expressed deep concern over the situation in Crimea in connection with gross human rights violations by the Russian occupational authority, which was confirmed in the reports of monitoring missions of international organizations.
It should be recalled that Russian Investigation Committee in Crimea began searches in the homes of former employees of the Crimean Tatar TV Channel ATR, in the frame of initiated criminal case against Lenur Islyamov, the owner of the channel.
Islyamov believes that this criminal case is a reaction to the anti-Kremlin stance and blockade of Crimea. He called it “planned attack on him and his business”, commenting to the edition. He was one of the main initiators of the civil blockade of Crimea, launched on 20 September.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine has opened two criminal proceedings “on the fact of violation of the rights of citizens of Crimea”, relating to searches at the homes of Lenur Islyamov, the owner of the TV Channel ATR; and former employees of the channel. Also, the proceedings are related to obstruction of the lawful activities of public organizations, that oppose the occupation of Crimea.