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Crimean occupation courts fine people for the motto "Slava Ukraini" and Ukrainian songs most often

19.01.2023, 10:46

Russian-controlled Crimean courts fine people for the motto "Slava Ukraini" and performing Ukrainian songs most often. This was reported by the Crimean Human Rights Group.

As noted by the human rights activists, the "judges" believe that the Crimeans are exressing their "disagreement with the actions of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation regarding the conduct of the special operation in Ukraine and consider these actions tantamount to war, that is, they are committing public actions aimed at discrediting the deployment of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation."

In addition, Crimeans are still being persecuted for posts or comments on social media. According to the human rights activists, in late December, a "Sudak City Court" judge Ivanov fined a Sudak woman 30 thousand rubles for an Instagram post showing blood drops and captioned "Genocide of the Crimean Tatars under the guise of mobilization."

According to the Crimean Human Rights Group, in November and December 2022, at least 49 administrative cases under the article "discrediting the Russian army" (Article 20.3.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) were submitted to the "courts" of Crimea. Regarding 41 of them, a decision was made to impose an administrative penalty. Mostly these are fines ranging from 30 to 50 thousand rubles.

As IMI reported, the Russia-controlled Bakhchisaray district court brought the organizers and guests of a wedding to administrative responsibility for playing the song Chervona Kalyna, which the Russian court called a "Ukrainian nationalists' battle song."

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