Russian occupation authorities ban activists’ rally in Crimea’s Sevastopol
The Russian occupiers have prohibited the activists, residents of Sevastopol, base to Russia’s Black Sea fleet, from holding a rally on Nakhimov Square, July 22.
The de-facto authorities explained their decision to turn down the activists’ appeal to hold the rally with the fact that “sensitive sites” and the office of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, are located in the area, Sevastopolskiye Novosti reported.
The organizers planned to hold a 500-strong rally "A mandate to Sevastopol’s candidates to the State Duma of the Russian Federation."
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UNIAN memo. In the spring of 2014, Russia occupied the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has officially announced February 20, 2014, the date of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea. On October 7, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the relevant law. Western countries have not recognized the annexation of Crimea and introduced a number of economic sanctions against the Russian Federation.