Crimea prosecutor's office suggests actual punishment for foreigners attending occupied Crimea's official events
The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea offers to prosecute foreigners who take part in various events hosted by occupation authorities on the Russian-annexed peninsula.
According to the office's press service, the relevant proposal was put forward at a coordination meeting of Crimean law enforcement agencies on crime situation in the temporarily occupied peninsula in 1H 2018, held July 24 under the chairmanship of Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Gyunduz Mamedov.
At the meeting, an issue was also raised of illegal entries of sea vessels to the sanctioned Crimean ports, aircraft arriving in Crimea, as well violations of Ukrainian border crossing rules by foreign officials and businessmen as they visit the temporarily occupied territory to participate in various events hosted by occupation authorities.
"I have repeatedly stressed the need to engage institutions of special pre-trial investigation and mechanisms for international legal cooperation... Yes, we have established registries that are being updated daily by new data on violators of Ukrainian legislation, but I demand real steps to bring those responsible to justice," Mamedov said.
"I will repeat the words of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko: We must make Crimea cumbersome for the occupying state. When ships stop entering, planes stop flying and foreign guests stop coming, this will certainly accelerate the process," he said.