Our Association informed officially the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, for the Rapporteur’s thematic report on the human rights defenders working on corruption to be presented to the Human Rights Council in March 2022. We sent to the Rapporteur our analytics the systematic corruption in the Crimea of Russian de-facto “authorities” in areas of public debts, housing, lands’ speculations, agriculture and fishery, resorts, medicine, transport, broadcasting and communications, wastes, “cultural and social policies” with key Russian oligarchs involves and billions of rubles spent. Association stressed that the Crimean peninsula is the place where the human rights defenders’ activities are extremely dangerous now, but at the same time the Crimea is now a territory of total corruption of the Russian “administration” and of the relevant challenges that make impossible the sustainable development of the region.
Association informed the Rapporteur that Russian de-facto “authorities” in the Crimea do not accept the corruption as the human rights issue, it is considered as the norm of the real-politic. All the Russia-organized “counteraction the corruption” in the Crimea is a form of politic struggle between the clans of Russia-controlled punitive structures and “state bodies”. There is no possibility for Ukrainian or other internationally-supported human rights institutions to work in the modern Crimea, and Russia-controlled “human rights” structures such as “ombudsmen” and “civil chambers” of the Crimea and Sevastopol have neither potential nor will to act in area of human rights’ defense, including fight with corruption. Some declarative (but potentially anticorruption) procedures, like “public hearings” were cancelled by the de-facto “authorities”. So the human rights defenders’ works against corruption have no support in the modern Crimea and they are victims of persecution from the “authorities” and from the criminal structures, related closely with Russian punitive mechanisms.
Association stressed to UN Rapporteur that Ukraine and Russia both ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption, but Russian “authorities” do not implement relevant Ukrainian progressive anti-corruption legislation in the Crimea, contrary to the IV Geneva Convention. Russian “administration” in the Crimea does not implement also Article 13 of this Convention and does not promote the active participation of individuals and groups outside the “public sector”, such as civil society, non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations, in the prevention of and the fight against total corruption in the region.
We informed the UN Rapporteur on the case of the Ms. Ludvica Papadoupulu, blogger from Yalta city, who was persecuted by the Russia’s punitive structures in 2020 for her posts in the social networks on the ecologic, urbanization and anti-corruption issues is important, as the Russia’s “officers” used the gender discrimination against this anti-corruption blogger, they insulted and blackmailed her for her investigations regarding the corruption in areas of natural reserves, land speculations and urbanization. No any action was done in the Crimea to bring Ms. Papadoupulu’s perpetrators to any kind of justice. We stressed to UN Rapporteur that as the attacks, intimidation and harassment of human rights activists in the Crimea are systematically made by the Russian punitive “bodies” themselves, any effective “investigation of prosecution” of those cases is impossible.