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Arrested for Sentsov. The adventures of Pussy Riot activists in the Crimea

Radio Liberty 27.02.2018 at 09:14

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In the Crimea annexed by Russia, arrived three activists of the band Pussy Riot, Maria Alekhina, Olga Borisova and Alexander Sofiev. They had intended to hold a rally in support of Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov, who is serving a 20-year sentence of the North Caucasus military district court. Share them to hold not given to the Russian police: Borisov and Sofiev day February 27, had to return to Moscow, but did not return, and Maria Alekhina after clashes with the local Cossacks once again took to the police. In addition, the Ukrainian side is the arrival of activists on the Peninsula was perceived as a violation of its state borders. Olga Borisova and Alexander Sofiev arrived in Crimea on February 25. They reached the Port of Caucasus by taxi, and there is still on Russian territory, they were first detained. However, everything went peacefully: they were kept for several hours, checked the documents and released. Then on the ferry they arrived in Kerch, where literally at the ramp again already been waiting for six police officers. Now treated with the activists rather harshly. They were immediately put into a car and drove to the local Department of the FSB, where did fingerprinting, checked all the things and long asked about the reason for coming to the Crimea. Checked the documents and business cards, were among the papers. Borisov wrote at this time, tweets: Any charge they were not charged and were released later in the evening. "Kerch for us there are such funny little men. Then RUB in a cafe without ordering anything, then on the street behind the bushes hiding," wrote at this time Borisov. By nightfall they reached Simferopol, and, tired, lay down to rest at the hotel, near the train station. "Sick from the cold Crimean and neuyutnosti. How do you want the blanket to roll up and be silent", wrote Borisov, and it was her penultimate tweet in the next two days. At last – a photo of a police officer in uniform, who looks askance and holding a book. Photo caption: Free Sentsov. Maria Alyokhina was supposed to come with them, but missed the flight and traveled alone. She arrived in Simferopol in the early morning of 26 February a direct flight from Moscow, the airport was already waiting for her. Brought to the interrogation room, began to dig into things. Immediately found a long cloth banner with the words "Freedom to Oleg Sentsov". Seized her. To the question, on what basis is withdrawn, the operative replied, "psycho-linguistic examination". Then I corrected myself: "or Rather, just for language". I think, for us then nobody watched. And I things notice the Formal reason for the inspection Alekhine was the suspected smuggling of illegal drugs it. When they are not found in things, suggested that she could take, and decided to take a medical examination at the medical examiner's Office in Simferopol. It was useless to resist. Alekhine managed to write Borisova SMS: "police", then it is not there. Alekhine claims that the phone operatives are not given, but they didn't give her. At the same time, the morning of February 26, Borisov and Sofiev left the hotel to have Breakfast. "I think for us when no one was watching, says Sofiev. – I notice such things". However, after a few minutes, when they were near the railway station, they called a few officers who were walking down the street in their direction. Activists stopped, technically they announced the suspected use of narcotic substances and was also lucky in the Bureau, where they met Alekhine. A while Borisov was still in the Telegram, then disappeared. By the time "Open Russia" found the detainee's lawyer. Maria Alekhina released immediately after the medical examination, she came to the station and waited. Borisov and Sofieva was taken to Railway police Department, where after them came the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov. It long were not allowed in the Department, but as soon as that happened, all further information about the detained activists was only from him. In the Department of Borisov and Sofiev once again written explanations of why they had come, what they did in Crimea, was going to do. Then they returned the seized phone and laptop Sofieva. The computer when it tried to enable, didn't run and squeal, most likely, he had removed hard disk. Phones and didn't give life signs. Here in the Department, wrote a statement about the corruption of technology, the application was issued in return for coupons. All came and gathered in the nearest café. SMS that they came from a taxi driver came in forty minutes before departure. More they didn't contact Borisov to stay in Crimea clearly didn't Alekhine tried to persuade her action still hold. "You're the star, let you go, and we were told directly: "do Not leave to sit for 10 days," replied Borisov, and Alekhine clearly offended. "I'm not hard these 10 days in jail, but I need to be in Moscow tomorrow afternoon. It's just rational," explained Borisov. "And I do consider myself a victim, I actually then lost everything. They have my hard drive with all correspondence, that's all of it," – said Safaev. First he firmly said that he wants to leave the Crimea today. Later he, along with Borisova left for the airport. Until the last flight was quite a bit of time, a TEXT that they came from a taxi driver came in forty minutes before departure. More they didn't contact. Before leaving, Borisov wrote with a marker on a napkin the phone number which they had to indicate whether they will sit on the plane or not. Mobile they wanted to ask at the airport. But a call from them and was not. Three hours after the plane landed at Vnukovo, it became clear that the activists had gone. In two hours the night person on duty of linear Department of police at the Simferopol airport said that one night they were not detained. Awakened by journalists Sofieva neighbor said, "I still was not. Wrote him a 20 in the evening, but he still didn't answer. As will appear, I'll let you know or he'll call you back". Alekhine stayed the night in the Crimea. 27 Feb adventure Alekhine continued. In the morning she still held a single rally in support of Oleg Sentsov. And later that afternoon, on Alekhine in a cafe actually was attacked by local fighters so-called "Crimean Self-defence". Police, called by the activists in their office and taken away. Earlier in the day, when the news of the arrest broke in the media in Ukraine on the arrival in Crimea of activists Pussy Riot reacted rather harshly. It was clear that they came to hold a rally in support of Sentsov, but the first question that arose was about the violation of Ukrainian legislation on borders. Activists arrived not through the checkpoints equipped on the administrative border with Kherson oblast, the Ukrainian authorities are quite sensitive in the matter of the proper cross their borders into the Crimea. If you are motivated by very good intentions and are going to visit the Crimea, better make it through admingranitsu Maria Alyokhina even in 2016 was based on "the Peacemaker", which is on par with the fighters of Donbass are those who, in the opinion of the Ukrainian side, moved to the Crimea illegally. The next day, after it became known about detention of Borisova and Sofieva in Kerch, their names were also entered into the database. Russian lawyer Nikolai Polozov, who worked in the Crimea on the trial of the Deputy Chairman of the banned in Russia Mejlis Ilmi Umerov, wrote afterwards: "I Believe that the Russian security forces them out gently escorted, especially because yesterday they strongly demonstrate to the participating groups attention. But with the possible in future, visit Ukraine from Pussy Riot, because of illegal border crossing, problems can occur. Information about one of the girls is already contained in the database "Peacemaker". So if you are motivated by very good intentions and are going to visit the Crimea, better make it through admingranitsu. Friendly advice". 26 February, Ukraine recalled the events of 2014, when the building of the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea clashes Pro-Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar activists on the one hand with the Pro-Russian activists and Cossacks came from the southern regions of Russia insurgents on the other. The next day the Parliament building was seized by Russian special services and right now these events are assessed as the beginning of the capture of the Peninsula. Almost all the media in Kiev held a marathon devoted to the anniversary of the annexation – the detention of the activists of Pussy Riot, including how they got into the Crimea, journalists of attention are also not spared. For everything that happened in Yakutia, associated with him, his being punished for this Action in support of Oleg Sentsov 26 Feb became for annual Pussy Riot after last winter they spent it in Yakutsk, where the Director was serving then penalties. Alekhine and Borisov was also detained, and the latter even tried for carrying out uncoordinated actions and fined 20 thousand rubles. But it was the next day after they unfurled a banner demanding freedom for Ukrainians and posted photos on the social network.

By the autumn of Oleg Sentsov moved from Yakutsk in the Yamalo-Nenets city of Labytnangi. Stage Sentsov was difficult: sick and went to the cooler. The representatives of the colony administration, when Sentsov was visited by the lawyer Dmitry Dinze, directly he said: the main reason why the Director sent beyond the Arctic circle, is the action of activists in support of it. Transferred "in connection with active support on all fronts, and with action to support." "For everything that happened in Yakutia, associated with him, he was punished for it. Imprisoned several times in the punishment cell", – the lawyer told.