The Prosecutor’s office of Ukraine has opened criminal proceedings against deputies of the state Duma of the Russian Federation from the Crimea
The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office of Autonomous Republic of Crimea opened a criminal case against the deputies of the State Duma, elected on the territory of Crimea. This is stated in the message published on the website of the Ministry.
The criminal proceedings initiated against the MPs passed in the lower house of Parliament on the list of “United Russia”, Ruslan Balbec, Mikhail Sheremet and Natalya Poklonskaya, as well as deputies elected in single-mandate constituencies: Konstantin Bakharev, Svetlana Savchenko, Dmitry Belik, and Andrew Kozenko.
Proceedings are opened as regards 1 article 111 of the Criminal code of Ukraine (high treason) punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term from 10 to 15 years.
It is known that Ukraine continues to consider Crimea to be their territory, which is illegally annexed by Russia.
September 20, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has announced elections to the state Duma of the Russian Federation is illegitimate because the vote in Crimea and Sevastopol. The Ukrainian Parliament also appealed to the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly with an appeal not to recognize the legitimacy of the elections to the state Duma.
The next day after the elections in Russia, the representative of the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini stated that the EU does not recognize the Russian parliamentary elections in the Crimea.