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Crimea: Reported attempts to remove passports

11 Mar 2014 8:41 PM | Anonymous

Civic activists in the Crimea report that unidentified individuals are going around flats asking to see people’s passports and then ripping them up.  The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people say that they have received a huge number of such reports, however do not yet have personal evidence from specific individuals whose passports were taken away. They therefore warn against panic-mongering while promising that they will respond immediately to any such cases. Radio Svoboda reports that the Simferopol Mayor’s Office has confirmed receiving phone calls from people who have had such visits. They say that the strangers claim to be members of electoral commissions checking the voter lists for the so-called referendum on March 16.  They ask to check people’s passports (the internal document), and once they have them in their hands either disappear with them or rip them, so that they can’t be used.   Human Rights in Ukraine.   Read More

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