Crimean platform “works”: the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case on “ecocide”

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry triumphantly reported on the joint statement of 40 countries, which was voiced by Deputy Minister Emine Dzhaparova – it was dedicated to the human rights situation in Crimea. Representatives of 4 dozen states condemned the violation of human rights by the Russian Federation and the elections to the State Duma on sovereign Ukrainian territory. They condemned the oppression of the Crimean Tatars even more strongly, supported the “Crimean Platform”, called on Moscow to comply with international obligations, and so on. And if the text itself does not carry surprises, then one aspect should have surprised you – namely, the number of signatories, of which there are only 40, versus 43 national delegations that took part in the platform summit. Hungary, North Macedonia, Cyprus and Japan did not make it to the next round, but Liechtenstein joined, which did not make it to the summit. How many strategic allies will Ukraine have by the New Year? At the same time, in Crimea itself, the UN special rapporteur was called upon to assess the blockade of the peninsula, organized by Ukraine. Ivan Abazher, a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and Crimea, called on Saad Alfarargi, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development, to do so. It happened at the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which was held in the videoconference mode. There was also a response to the “Crimean Platform” – the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case on “ecocide” in connection with the blocking of the North Crimean Canal by Ukraine. This was reported by the representative of the RF IC, Svetlana Petrenko. Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation is an organization that can spit on international authorities from a high tower, therefore in its jurisdiction opened a criminal case against “unidentified persons” for “water blockade of Crimea” under Article 358 of the Criminal Code of Russia (ecocide). The UK said that the shutdown of the water supply to Crimea from the North Crimean Canal caused “depletion of agricultural land, an increase in the salinity of Sivash by three times”, and also “negatively affects people’s health.” According to Petrenko, the closure of the North Crimean Canal had an impact on the quality of water used for drinking and household needs, since the maximum permissible standards for salinity and hardness were exceeded. The case initiated in the Russian Federation will have no legal consequences for Ukraine. But it, of course, has image importance for Russia in the current conditions. Do not forget that the water blockade of Crimea is one of the points of Russia’s complaint against Ukraine to the European Court of Human Rights.

Representatives of 4 dozen states condemned the violation of human rights by the Russian Federation and the elections to the State Duma on sovereign Ukrainian territory. They condemned the oppression of the Crimean Tatars even more strongly, supported the “Crimean Platform”, called on Moscow to comply with international obligations, and so on. …



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