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Russia puts Crimean political prisoners on terrorist list

Russia puts Crimean political prisoners on terrorist list
Translated by: Christine Chraibi

Rosfinmonitoring (Russian Federal Service for Financial Monitoring) has put several Crimean political prisoners on its list of terrorists and extremists – Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, activist Oleksandr Kolchenko and historian Oleksiy Chirniy. Russia has accused them of preparing terrorist attacks in annexed Crimea.

This list was posted on the Rosfinmonitoring website.

It includes another Crimean, 30-year-old Dmytro Storozhenko, who was born in Simferopol. It is not known whether he is linked in any way to the criminal case brought against Sentsov and the other Crimean political prisoners.

Russian media report that any person placed on Rosfinmonitoring’s list cannot conduct banking operations in Russia. There are more than three thousand people on this list.

In May, Russian police officers arrested Oleh Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko and several other citizens of Ukraine in Simferopol. They were accused of preparing terrorist attacks.

The defense lawyers believe that there are no grounds for detaining their clients. They think that the investigation will be completed in January and the case of the ‘Crimean terrorists’ will then go to court.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
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