For the fourth time, a Russian court has illegally sentenced Leniya Umerova to 15 days of administrative arrest for allegedly “disobeying the police”. Since December last year, the citizen of Ukraine has not been able to visit her sick father in the occupied Crimea, because immediately after her release, the occupiers draw up a new protocol against her. The FSB also seized her documents.
The occupation court in Belogorsk illegally sentenced human rights activist Abdureshit Dzhepparov to 12 days of administrative arrest on a trumped-up charge of allegedly “disobeying the demands” of the occupation forces during a criminal search.
Crimes of occupation
As of May 1, it is known that the occupiers in Crimea have illegally imprisoned 182 Ukrainian citizens, 116 of whom are representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people. Out of the total number, 37 political prisoners are arrested, 125 are imprisoned, 18 are without status, and 2 have been released but are still being held in the center for temporary detention of foreign citizens in Russia.
As of April 18, 323 “cases” have been opened under the absurd accusation of so-called “discrediting the Russian Armed Forces”, namely under Article 20.3.3 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation. Out of the total number of “cases”, the occupation courts issued 276 illegal rulings on fines ranging from 30 thousand to 75 thousand rubles.
The occupying country has also provided for criminal liability for the so-called “discrediting of the Russian Armed Forces” – Articles 207.3 and 280.3 of the Criminal Code. Under these articles, 2 illegal sentences were passed in the occupied Crimea. Details are available in our reference: https://cutt.ly/x5KlaYs
Political prisoners Seytumer Seytumerov, Osman Seytumerov and Rustem Seytmemetov are being illegally transferred from the Russian detention center to a colony in Russia.
The occupants continue the practice of ill-treatment of political prisoners: Ruslan Mesutov’s Koran was taken away from him, and pork was not excluded from his diet; Amet Suleymanov is also kept in a special block of the detention center and is not provided with the necessary medicines, even those he already had were taken away from him.
The invaders sent Osman Abdurazakov, illegally imprisoned since January 24, 2023, for a forced “psychiatric examination” after raids in the village of Dniprovka, Dzhankoy district.
Militarization of the Crimean peninsula
Civilian aircraft of the occupiers have not been flying through the airport in Simferopol for more than a year, since February 24, 2022. However, the occupiers want to build a 14 km railroad to the airport.
Residents of the occupied Crimea continue to record the activity of Russian fighter jets firing missiles towards the mainland of Ukraine every day. There are also reports of missiles being launched from the Black Sea in the same directions.
In Sevastopol, an oil depot near Kozacha Bay caught fire: according to the General Staff, 10 tanks of oil products intended for the Black Sea Fleet ships burned down, and the occupiers quickly began to write reports on vacations in Russia.
The head of the occupation administration of Yalta, Yanina Pavlenko, continues to provide Russian soldiers at the front with material and technical means, including bulletproof vests, military uniforms, food, etc.
Konstantinov, the occupation mouthpiece, said that he had issued 150 void orders to allocate land plots on the Black Sea to “participants of the ‘svo'”. The head of the occupation administration of Alushta, Galina Ogneva, also announced similar efforts to issue “land certificates,” and more than 20 plots have already been “distributed” in Yevpatoria.
According to open sources, many wounded Russian soldiers have been brought to Feodosia for rehabilitation.
According to open sources, the occupiers in Yevpatoria are forcing schoolchildren to take part in the “We Are Together” campaign and bring “what they can” for Russian soldiers fighting against Ukraine.
As of May 1, at least 351 Russian soldiers have already been buried in occupied Crimea. 244 of them were probably Ukrainian citizens. The number of burials may be higher, as many of them take place without coverage.
According to open sources, as part of the new criminal “spring conscription,” the occupiers sent 44 residents to the 126th Coastal Defense Guards Brigade, located in the village of Perevalne. Many of the dead from the occupied peninsula on the side of the Russian Federation are from this brigade.
The head of the occupation administration of Alushta, Galina Ogneva, said that 127 residents of the city are in the Russian Armed Forces in the war against Ukraine. We remind you of our guide on how to avoid illegal service in the aggressor’s army: https://cutt.ly/vVIJLiQ.
Propaganda of the occupation administrations and incitement to hatred
The Taliban’s occupation dog has not invented anything new, so it continues to persecute citizens for any manifestation of support for Ukraine: at least 4 residents of the peninsula have become victims of its harassment this week.
A resident of Sudak was forced by the occupiers to record a “video apology” for her comments on social media: she called for not letting her children go to Russia’s war against Ukraine.
The occupiers wanted to hold a propaganda campaign in Sevastopol called “St. George’s Ribbon”, but the orange fabric on the peninsula ran out – instead they took red fabric and posed for a photo with the UPA flag.
According to open source information, in Simferopol school No. 29, parents of students in grades 2-5 were offered to buy propaganda T-shirts with St. George’s ribbons at Wildberries for their children to wear from May 2 to 5.
After the “cotton” at the oil depot in Sevastopol, Konstantinov’s occupation mouthpiece was frightened and called on Russia to sabotage the grain deal and destroy the Ukrainian government. We remind him of our recommendation to pack his suitcase and flee to Russia.
The occupiers began to persecute a young man from Sevastopol who played a computer game that showed footage of a burning oil depot near Kozacha Bay.
After the adoption of the Law on the Decolonization of Place Names, representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people from the occupied peninsula began to join the Mavile Khalil flash mob to return authentic names to settlements.
The occupiers are panicking and trying to identify members of the Ukrainian underground. According to the National Resistance Center, in the occupied Crimea, Russian security forces searched the apartments of those suspected of “disloyalty.” The searches were conducted even without the presence of the owners. Spot checks are also becoming more frequent on the streets.
Open sources report that residents of occupied Sevastopol complain about the choking smoke from the nearby crematorium.
Activists painted the anchors at the entrance to the village of Ordzhonikidze (Kaigador) in blue and yellow colors.
In Feodosia, unknown activists left the inscription “Crimea is Ukraine” on the fence of a Russian military unit.
In Bakhchisarai, utility workers repainted a table in the yard of a residential building – the combination of colors resembled the Ukrainian flag. Due to pressure from the occupiers, the table was repainted in gray, but it did not last long.
The National Resistance Center reported that “the management of the representative offices of Russian state-owned companies on the occupied peninsula was instructed to prepare for evacuation. This information comes from both state-owned banks and the railroad, which indicates comprehensive preparations. In particular, not only the top officials, but also their families are to be evacuated. So far, we are talking about paid vacation.”
The Yellow Ribbon, Crimean Fighting Seagulls, Atesh, and Crimean Partisans continue to spoil the mood and equipment of the occupiers. In particular, the CBG stated that they were involved in a number of outbreaks of “cotton” this week, especially in Sevastopol.
The Mission continues to receive inquiries from Ukrainian citizens who want to leave Crimea because they cannot tolerate the occupation and total propaganda. We remind you of our instructions on how to leave the temporarily occupied Crimea: https://cutt.ly/YV8zdBz
We thank the conscious Ukrainian citizens in the occupied Crimea for promptly reporting on the situation on the Crimean peninsula, in particular on the socio-economic situation, the movement of Russian troops, the movement of resistance to the occupation, etc. For more information, please send an e-mail to the Mission’s Information Support Department:
Glory to Ukraine!