Crimean independence activists charged

11:02, 30 January 2008
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They called for the violent reunification of Crimea with Russia

The Ukrainian Security Service has initiated a criminal case against members of the Sevastopol-Crimea-Russia People`s Front for calling for the violation of Ukraine`s territorial integrity in public statements, according to Kommersant daily.

Ukrainian Security Service press secretary Marina Ostapenko told the UNIAN information service that the activists were being charged under article 110, part 1, of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“Infringement of the territorial integrity and inviolacy of Ukraine”). She said that the activists had called for the violent reunification of the Crimea with Russia.

According to Ostapenko, the activists had received numerous warnings from the security service and had faced misdemeanor charged by police for procedural violations when organizing public meetings. Now a special investigative group has been set up to look into the actions of the Russian patriots in the Crimea.

The Sevastopol-Crimea-Russia People`s Front was set up in August 2005 and embraces 12 public group based on the peninsula, including the Russian People`s Veche, Yalta Voters` Club, Russian Community of Feodosia, Russian Community of Evpatoria and Fatherland Russian Community of Kerch. It began a campaign it calls “Ukraine without the Crimea” last year.

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