Svetlana Gannushkina: Notes of a Russian Human Rights Defender in Crimea

posted 1 May 2014, 14:20 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 May 2014, 10:21 ]
25 April 2014 

Svetlana Gannushkina 

Svetlana Gannushkina:    On 19 April I returned to Moscow from Crimea. I had travelled there with Olga Tseitlina, our lawyer at the Migration and Law Network based in St Petersburg, Zhenya Bobrov and also Andrei Yurov, a member of the Presidential Human Rights Council (an organization that I have left). When we departed from, and returned to, Moscow we went through passport control, but in Simferopol there was no passport control. Andrei Yurov helped us by providing us with a car and driver. But most of my contacts were my own, ones I had got from various people, not just from those within the sphere of human rights. Many civil activists have left Crimea for the Ukrainian ‘mainland’. Others have sent their children there, so that they can study at school in Ukrainian in a peaceful atmosphere. [Read more]

Translated by Chloe Cranston, Joanne Reynolds and Suzanne Eade Roberts