Ukrainian activist, detained in Crimea, was let go home

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The Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia has released activist of the Ukrainian Cultural Center Andrei Vinogradov detained yesterday.

Lawyer Edem Semedlyaev said the investigations into Vinogradov and his wife were associated with his alleged “extremism”.

The lawyer told that Vinogradov’s wife Natalia Kharchenko had been interrogated for several hours too. She had been deprived of legal protection since Semedlyaev was not allowed.

As a result, the lawyer was able to represent only the interests of Vinogradov, who was tried to be investigated by the FSB’s investigators. Vinogradov refused to incriminate himself, referring to the Constitution of Russia.

So far Semedlyaev cannot qualify the very reason for the investigations into Vinogradov and Kharchenko.

As reported, activist of the Ukrainian Cultural Center Andrei Vinogradov was detained by the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia in Simferopol on January 12 and taken for questioning.

It became known later that Vinogradov’s wife had been detained by the FSB along with him too.

The Ukrainian Cultural Centre of Crimea was created after the Russian annexation of the peninsula. This is a public organization created to preserve the language and culture of the Ukrainians on the peninsula. The founders of the Centre do not pose any political challenge.

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