Nine months after Russia seized control of the Crimean peninsula, Human Rights Watch has released a report blasting Russia for violating international law and persecuting critics of the Russian government living there.
“The de facto authorities in Crimea have limited free expression, restricted peaceful assembly, and intimidated and harassed those who have opposed Russia’s actions in Crimea,” the report published on November 17 says.
In the wake of the EuroMaidan Revolution that ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on February 22, Russia sent its troops into Crimea, taking control of the mainly ethnic Russian territory that is home to five percent of Ukraine’s population.
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