Russia steps up political repressions in Crimea

Discussion in 'Politics' started by samantacruz, Mar 28, 2021.

  1. samantacruz

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    On March 10, another high-profile arrest in illegally annexed Crimea
    occurred, a local journalist was arrested allegedly for preparing
    “subversive actions by order of the Ukrainian special services”.

    A day earlier, on March 9, on the day of commemoration of the world-famous
    Ukrainian poet of the 19th century - Taras Shevchenko, the detained
    journalist drew attention to him by laying flowers at a monument to the
    poet in the city of Simferopol. That was the fact used as a reason for his
    detention by the Russian special services. According to them, an
    improvised explosive device was found with the detainee, which served as
    the main evidence during the arrest.

    Unfortunately, this is not the first time in the occupied Crimea when
    pro-Ukrainian locals have been persecuted and repressed by Russian law
    enforcement agencies because of their civic position. As the
    international human rights organizations informs, today over 5,000
    political prisoners are detained in Crimea and Russia, mostly Crimean
    Tatars and Ukrainians.

    Every time the Russian special services act upon a similar scenario.
    Initially, the future “terrorist” is monitored and they wait for the
    proper moment for detention. When arrested, dangerous or prohibited items
    (weapons, explosives, drugs) are “found out” at the detainee. Further,
    Russian investigators seek for the evidence they need using physical and
    psychological pressure. The use of torture against prisoners in Crimea is
    becoming a common thing. No control over the actions of the security
    forces is possible, since an access to the territory of the occupied
    peninsula for international human rights organizations is not possible.

    That is why, when arresting, especially recently the law enforcement
    officers rely on such a term as “improvised explosive device” in most
    cases. The use of the term makes it possible in the future to drop any
    legal claims against the law enforcement officers, since if necessary (in
    case of taking the wrong one, suspending the case, or leveraging the
    so-called justice), the technical expertise can state in the findings
    that a found item, called an improvised explosive device, is anything but

    Such demonstrative detentions are widely covered by the local and federal
    media in order to foment an atmosphere of fear and create a negative image
    of Ukraine, while mentioning of an “explosive device” in this case suits
    the formation of appropriate public opinion never better. Even if
    something of this is not confirmed later, no one will bother himself with
    a refutation.

    Why would the Russian special services arrange such “performances”? After
    all, is it possible that laying flowers at the monument of the Ukrainian
    poet could seriously shake the position of the Russian Federation on the
    occupied peninsula?
    Well, everything is pretty simple. Although Crimea has been de facto under
    Russian jurisdiction for 7 years, a large number of problems still remain
    unresolved. Moreover, they tend to worsen. For example, the peninsula is
    constantly experiencing problems with fresh water supply. Until 2014, this
    problem was solved by supplying water through the North Crimean Canal from
    mainland Ukraine. After it was blocked, the problem exacerbated up to a
    partial cessation of water supply (available only for certain hours) of
    large cities amid the dry summer of 2020. The solution to this and many
    other problems is not expected in the near future.

    Instead, the Russian authorities attempts to divert the attention of
    Crimeans and residents of Russia from pressing problems by hunting for
    imaginary “saboteurs” and “terrorists”. Well then, in near future, in
    view of the upcoming elections to the State Duma, in particular, we may
    reasonably expect an increase in repression against activists and
    independent journalists. The number of detentions will grow directly
    proportionate to the problems increase in social sphere and
    infrastructure of the Crimean peninsula.

    Such “detentions” are also intimidation show offs targeted at independent
    journalists and bloggers in order to discourage coverage of the real
    problems of Crimea, destroying the image of post-2014 alleged prosperity
    artificially created by the Russian media.
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