The FSB has detained a Ukrainian activist in Yalta


A pro-Ukrainian activist and local resident Larisa Kitajskaya was detained by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) on 18 July in Yalta (Crimea).

According to the Crimean human rights group, the woman was taken home for a search.

Her daughter said that the FSB accused Kitajskaya of separatism.

During the search the woman felt bad and an ambulance was called in. “They stoped searching at midnight. Larisa felt bad and called in an ambulance. The FSB seized a number of her things during the search. Her procedural status has not been yet announced, and there is impression that she is attempted to be accused either of extremism or separatism. Also Larisa said that she had been intimidated and psyched out in various forms,” said the head of the Crimean human rights group Olga Skrypnyk.

On the same day an activist of the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Crimea Leonid Kuzmin was summoned for questioning by the FSB in Simferopol. The activist said that he had signed a pledge of secrecy after the questioning.

“The questioning has lasted for a half an hour. I cannot tell the details because I have signed a pledge of secrecy. The only thing I can say that the theme of the questioning was my public activity at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre,” said Kuzmin.

Prosecutions of pro-Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar activists became a common practice in Crimea after its annexation by Russia.

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