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The reaction of the Ukrainian security forces should be tough against those who form anti-Ukrainian sentiments - Bariiev

27 July 2022

Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, head of the Department for Legal and Foreign Affairs of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Eskender Bariiev, in an interview with Crimea.Realities, said that representatives of the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies do not always respond in a timely manner to the illegal anti-Ukrainian activity of pro-Russian activists and bloggers in Crimea.

“The fact that our law enforcement agencies are slowly investigating crimes in the occupied territories is a fact, although we understand that the occupied territories are not under the control of the Ukrainian authorities, and the investigation process is quite complicated. At the same time, we developed the logistics of providing procedural materials, but this, among other things, is associated with financial resources”,- he said.

The head of the Board of the CTRC believes that the reaction of the Ukrainian security forces should be tough against those who form anti-Ukrainian sentiments.

“As for such persons, for example, Aleksandr Talipov, until recently he was an active public critic of Aksenov's actions, perhaps not enough attention has been paid to this figure. But I believe that the timely reaction of law enforcement agencies is an important mechanism to curb the development of a network of collaborators who form anti-Ukrainian sentiments among the population in the occupied territories”,- the human rights activist believes.

Eskender Bariiev stressed that Ukrainian public figures monitor the illegal activities of persons in the occupied Crimea and raise such questions with the Ukrainian security forces.

“Only the Crimean Tatar Resource Center submitted to the SSU, the GPU and the National Police of Ukraine, as well as to countries that have laws similar to the Magnitsky Act, a list of 50 persons involved in human rights violations in the occupied Crimea, with all supporting documents”,- he said.

Eskender Bariiev said that the Crimean Tatar Resource Center sent a statement to the SSU with a list of 230 artists who illegally visited the temporarily occupied Crimea and, among other things, publicly supported the attempted annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

In addition, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center regularly publicly calls on the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine to respond to the illegal actions of individual bloggers, public organizations, and commercial structures.

“So, for example, at the beginning of 2021, the experts of the CTRC presented a methodology for assessing the feasibility of imposing personal sanctions against persons cooperating with the occupation authorities. Then an information scandal erupted, in which the occupants devoted a number of large articles to this topic on their resources. Blogger Sharii also took an active part in this scandal. And on February 16, 2021, the Security Service of Ukraine announced suspicion to Sharii under two articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine - Part 1 of Art. 111 (high treason) and part 1 of Art. 161 (violation of the equality of citizens depending on their race, nationality, religious beliefs, disability and other grounds). But it took 7 whole years to put the provocateur blogger on the wanted list. Maybe that's why today President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy initiated serious upheavals both in the SSU system and in the GPU system”,- the human rights activist added.