"Just having Ukrainian symbols like a flag or like a vyshyvanka (embroidered shirt) is regarded as extremism by Russian authorities in Crimea. And such people can be detained just for showing their national identity", says the activist, describing obvious deterioration of situation with human rights on the peninsula, Ukraine Today reports.

According to the activist, the presence of international organisations like UN, OSCE, or the Council of Europe can contribute to battling the problem of human rights violations and provide for the safety of local activists.

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