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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lawyer accused of separatism called the law under which the “Crimea is not Russia”

The lawyer of the Crimean journalist Nicholas Semeny, which is currently judged by the article on public appeals to violation of territorial integrity of Russia, builds a line of defense of his client on the grounds that under Russian law, Crimea is still part of Russia, and therefore appeals to violation of integrity do not apply.

photo: Lily Sharlovskoe

The case for Simon, as recalled by “the Media”, was instituted for the article “the Blockade is a necessary first step towards the liberation of the Crimea”, published on the portal “Crimea.Realities” (“Radio Liberty”). The journalist was arrested by the FSB on 19 April, at the same time were searched the number of journalists on the Peninsula.

In addition, intelligence agencies, according to Semeny, showed him screenshots of the monitor of his computer in those moments when he just typed your text.

The journalist’s lawyer Alexander Popkov in his defense comes from the fact that in Russia now while there are several documents relating to the Crimea and the border with Ukraine. The first of these passed in 2014, the law on admitting Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation.

However, in parallel, remain in force, without being denounced, the Treaty with Ukraine 2003 on state border and Treaty on friendship, cooperation and partnership with it, concluded in 1997 and continuing until 2018, which also stipulates the territorial integrity of neighbouring countries.

Popkov pointed out that, under article 15 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, in case of contradiction between national law and international Treaty needs to act last. Thus, the lawyer, the criminal prosecution of his client is not unfounded.


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