Lawyer Ukrainian sailors detained for extremism

In Crimea, employees of the center “E” detained the lawyer of the arrested Ukrainian sailors Emil Kurbedinov. About this on Thursday, December 6, “” reported several of his colleagues.

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According to them, Kurbedinov was detained in Simferopol on the morning of December 6 and taken to the city department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. A protocol was drawn up on it under article 20.3 “Propaganda of Nazi symbols or symbols of extremist organizations”. By 3:00 pm, according to lawyer Aider Azamatov, Kurbetdinov was taken to the Kievsky district court of Simferopol, where the hearing of his case began.

Kurbedinov is accused of a post depicting the symbols of a banned organization published on Facebook in 2013. “Judging by the materials of the case, the application for Kurbedinov was sent by a former resident of the Crimea, who moved to Damascus,” his colleagues specified.

Kurbedinov is considered a lawyer for human rights defenders and Crimean Tatars. In the spring of 2017, he was awarded the international award Front Line Defenders, awarded to human rights defenders. In November 2018, he became one of the lawyers for Ukrainian sailors detained near the Kerch Strait. In January 2017, for propaganda of symbols of extremist communities, he was sentenced to ten days of administrative arrest.

On December 3, it was reported that the military personnel of the Naval Forces (Navy) of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) officers who were detained in the Kerch Strait were charged with illegally crossing the Russian border.

The incident in the Kerch Strait area occurred on November 25th. The FSB Border Department detained three Ukrainian military ships after they crossed the Russian border (the FSB claims that the ships entered the waters that were Russian before the annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation) and did not respond to the demand to stop. 24 sailors arrested for two months. In response to the actions of the Russian border guards, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko imposed martial law in a number of regions for 30 days.

Kiev does not recognize the Russian status of the Crimea. Ukrainian authorities consider the peninsula and the waters around it to be theirs.

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