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Russia-backed Crimean court to consider Iryna Danilovych's appeal on May 2

17.04.2023, 16:28

On May 2, the Russian-backed Supreme Court of Crimea will consider an appeal against the conviction of citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych. Th human rights project "Crimean Process" reports this, citing the occupiers-backed Supreme Court of Crimea.

As noted by the human rights advocates, the case was handed over to "judge" Natalia Grebennikova, against whom the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine has opened a case under the article "Treason".

"This fact may affect the court's independence and impartiality when considering the appeal," the message says.

As the IMI reported, Russia-backed Feodosia city court did not allow Iryna Danilovych to read the minutes of court hearings in full and prepare objections to them. Her case has already been referred to the court of appeal.

Iryna was not taken for the promised medical examination for a long time following her hunger strike, because "judge" Natalia Kulinskaya deliberately set the date for reviewing the case material on the day when the prison administration were planning to take Danilovych to the hospital.

On December 28, 2022, the occupation court of Feodosia, Crimea ("judge" Natalia Kulinskaya), sentenced citizen journalist and human rights activist Iryna Danilovych to seven years in prison on the charges of illegal storage and manufacture of explosives under Part 1 of Art. 222.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

On March 21, Iryna Danilovych wrote a letter announcing she was going on a dry hunger strike until "the treatment begins or until biological death." In the letter, she reported on the deterioration of her health: hearing issues and a possible microstroke.

On March 22, 2023, multiple human rights organizations called for the immediate hospitalization of Iryna Danilovych.

Iryna Danilovych was detained on April 29 in the occupied Crimea. She was detained on her way from work on the road from Koktebel to Feodosia. Her house in Vladislavivka village was searched, her phone and laptop were seized.

In late July 2022, Danilovych said that officers of the Federal Security Service of the russian federation (FSB) beat her and continue to pressure her.

Iryna Danilovych worked as a nurse, and was also a citizen journalist, covering the problems of the health care system in Crimea and sharing information about the war in Ukraine.

The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has opened a case regarding the illegal searches and detention of Iryna Danilovych.

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