Activists of the #LIBERATECRIMEA Movement Start Handing Black Marks to Candidates For President of Ukraine(video)

March 20, 2019

Activists of the #LIBERATECRIMEA international movement express gratitude to the ATR channel and journalists for covering the campaign and the position of Candidates  For President of Ukraine on Crimea

Activists of the international movement for the de-occupation of Crimea and solidarity with the Crimean Tatar people #LIBERATECRIMEA began distributing black marks to candidates for president of Ukraine, whose programs did not mention Crimea and who did not respond to the movement’s call to voice their position on the de-occupation of Crimea, protecting human rights in occupied Crimea and the realization of the collective rights of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people. Black marks will also be received by those whose position contains signs of relaying the desire to resume the supply of water, electricity and products to the occupied Crimea.

According to  the activist Eskender Bariiev, the goal of “black marks” is to convey information to the voter that these candidates are either incompetent or intentionally do not want to solve one of the problems that is in the president’s competence – the de-occupation of the peninsula.

The first “marks” were already received by Olexandr Moroz and Serhii Kaplin. On March 18, during a live broadcast of debates between candidates for the presidency of Ukraine, Bariiev handed them black marks. However, Kaplin was not personally present, as at the last moment he refused to participate in the debate. Olexandr Moroz, at the end of the air, said that “the problem of the Crimean Tatar people can only be solved along with the issue of Crimea, there is no other option.”

In total, there are 9 people on the list of the movement, including Ievhen Muraiev, who subsequently withdrew: Iurii Boiko, Ievhen Muraiev, Oleksandr Vilkul, Oleksandr Soloviov, Oleksandr Moroz, Iurii Karmazin, Serhii Kaplin, Oleh Liashko and Viktor Bondar.

Activists of the movement have already sent black marks to candidates through social networks and are planning to hand them personally to the remaining 6 candidates from the list in the near future.

We remind that on December 27, 2018, on the eve of the start of the presidential election campaign in Ukraine, activists of the #LIBERATECRIMEA movement launched the campaign “Candidate, tell : who does Crimea belong to?”. It is aimed at monitoring the programs of candidates for the president of Ukraine regarding the inclusion of a plan for the de-occupation of Crimea, an action plan for the protection of human rights in the occupied Crimea, as well as the implementation of the collective rights of the Crimean Tatar people in Ukraine. On February 12, 2019, at the conference, activists, after conducting the first stage of monitoring, stated that most of the candidates for the president of Ukraine did not have a clear plan for the de-occupation of Crimea in the programs, and the references to the return of the peninsula were not specific. In some of the programs, nothing is said about Crimea at all. On March 4, activists presented the results of the second stage of monitoring and stated that in the rhetoric of most candidates the issue of de-occupation of Crimea appears only partially. According to them, this issue is not included in the top 5 topics that candidates are talking about. As a result of monitoring by activists, a “grey list” was formed, which included 14 candidates whose programs did not mention Crimea. Subsequently, a number of candidates responded to the call of the movement and voiced their positions about Crimea. According to the results, a “black list” was formed, which included  9 candidates for president of Ukraine. Activists of the movement intend to hand them “black marks” in the near future and continue to monitor the election campaign in Ukraine and inform voters about the aforementioned issues.