The pressure on News from Crimea is recorded on the lawsuit of Ukraine against Russia

Ruslan Yuhosh Ruslan Yuhosh

The incident with law enforcers’ pressure on the family of one of the founders of News from Crimea is mentioned in the lawsuit of Ukraine against Russia to the International Court of Justice in The Hague as an example of oppression of the freedom of speech in Crimea.

In particular, the Section “Discrimination of the Ukrainian community in Crimea” of the lawsuit published on the website of the Court of Justice refers to the fact of “exerting pressure on a journalist of the Ukrainian news portal News from Crimea (Sobytiya Kryma) by harassing his mother”.

As a reminder, in May 2014 Crimean police tried to intimidate Crimean journalist Ruslan Yuhosh’s mother. Yuhosh received a phone call from the cyber police and was “invited for questioning”. The journalist refused to attend due to he was outside the peninsula. Then the police summoned his old mother for questioning, where she was asked the details of her son’s professional activity and threatened with potential problems for the journalist if he didn’t stop “spoiling the reputation of Crimea”.

Reportedly, the UN International Court in The Hague started hearings on the lawsuit of Ukraine on violation by the Russian Federation of the provisions of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

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