The detention of Tatyana Kuzmich, a teacher of the Russian language, in the Kherson region of Ukraine provokes grounded concerns about the political nature of the case. The Security Service of Ukraine, or SSU, staff is forcing Tatyana Kuzmich to self-incrimination, her entourage is under psychological pressure, says the advocate of the detained.
In relation to this, Rossotrudnitchestvo has sent a request to international human rights organizations (UNHRC, OSCE) to pay attention to this case and to call on the Ukrainian authorities to conduct an independent and transparent investigation.
“On August 20, 2020, Tatyana Kuzmich, a teacher of the Russian language in the Kherson region of Ukraine, was detained as a suspect in the case of “high treason”. By the decision of the Kherson Regional Court, she was taken into custody until October 9, 2020, after which the issue of further preventive measure will be considered.
The practices of the Ukrainian law-enforcement agencies cause concern. According to the detainee’s lawyer, Tatyana Kuzmich is forced to self-incrimination, and her entourage is under pressure to obtain false testimony.
We call on the UN Human Rights Council (and OSCE) to pay attention to this case, since there are fears, grounded in past practice, that this detention is of a political nature and is a violation of civil rights and freedoms, discrimination on the basis of language.
We believe that the international community should urge the Ukrainian authorities to conduct an independent and transparent investigation”.