In Kherson region the people are being punished for refusing to take Russian passports

May 4, 2023

The Russian occupation authorities of Kherson are threatening with reprisals because of the refusal to obtain Russian passports. About this on the air of Freedom. Morning, said Yurii Sobolevskyy, First Deputy Chairman of the Kherson Regional Council.

“Now there is unprecedented pressure on our people: both because of the restriction of movement, and because of the restriction of access to medical services, and increasingly the use of violence against people who refuse to receive this bloody paper. What is it connected with? They no longer count on the fact that, perhaps, after some time, people – residents of the Kherson region, now forced into temporary occupation – will support them there”,- the official said.

The opportunity to record crimes will appear only after the de-occupation of the region.

“There are settlements where they entered every house and simply beat people precisely because there are bad statistics on passportization. Open terror began. They have tasks: everyone who is there must be citizens of the Russian Federation. Which way this occupying power will fulfill it is no longer important”,- says Sobolevskyy.

Such cases are not systemic, but still happen.