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12.09.2017

Embassy Press Officer on FCO comments regarding conviction of Akhtem Chiygoz

On 11 September Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan accused the Crimean Supreme Court of illegal persecution of Mr Akthem Chiygoz, aimed at repressing political opposition in Crimea.

First of all, we would like to remind Sir Alan that 97 per cent of the Crimeans during the referendum of the 16 March 2014 voted for joining the Russian Federation. Ukraine had been conniving in the growth of extremely aggressive nationalism for years, which finally led to the self-determination of the Crimean population in full compliance with the UN Charter. Thus, we find any allegations of “illegal annexation of Crimea” plainly wrong.

As for conviction of Akhtem Chiygoz, he was found guilty of serious offences by the Supreme Court of Crimea and sentenced to eight years imprisonment in full accordance with the Russian national legislation, namely, Paragraph 1 of Article 212 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (organisation of violent mass unrests). All necessary investigative and procedural actions had been carried out in order to ascertain all circumstances of the crime as well as identify all those responsible for them.

On 26 February 2014 mass riots near the building of the Crimean Supreme Council were organised by members of “The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People” and OUN-UPA. During these riots Mr I.A.Postnoy and Mrs V.D.Korneeva were inflicted grievous body harm by unidentified people, which subsequently led to their death. Many more persons suffered health damages of varying severity.

At the investigation, the participants and eyewitnesses of the riots pointed out Akhtem Chiygoz as the mastermind of these events. Evidence collected by the investigators was found sufficient for criminal prosecution of Mr Chiygoz.

Given all that, we find FCO reaction an outrageous interference in Russia’s internal affairs.




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