Forty-nine people detained during pickets in occupied Crimea

16:45, 15 October 2017
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Forty-nine activists have been detained in the Russian-occupied Crimea for participation in single-person pickets held on October 14, according to RIA Novosti.

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The police arrested the protesters and released them after holding "preventive talks," RIA Novosti reported.

"Forty-nine citizens were taken to the police stations for violating the requirements of the federal law on assemblies, meetings, demonstrations, marches and picketing. All the participants were released after giving their explanations and holding preventive talks with them," the report said.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, On October 14, people across Crimea staged single-person pickets against the abuse from security services, searches, arrests, and kidnapping of people. The activists were protesting in Staryi Krym, Feodosia, Simferopol, Bakhchisaray, and other towns of the peninsula.

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