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Police Detain Crimean Blogger, Critic Of Annexation

  • RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine -- Police in Crimea have briefly detained a well-known blogger who has strongly criticized Russia's annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine.

Yelizaveta Bohutskaya, who has been a contributor to RFE/RL's Crimean desk under the name Liza Bohutski, was detained during a search of her home on September 8 and released later in the day.

She told RFE/RL that the apartment she shares wih her husband in Simferopol had been searched by police accompanied by security troops with assault rifles.

Police questioned Bohutskaya about her participation in greeting the leader of Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Dzhemilev, near the administrative boundary between Crimea and continental Ukraine in May.

Russia has barred Dzhemilev from Crimea and about 100 people who greeted him in May are being investigated.

Bohutskaya added that police said to her that her blogs and on-line articles are anti-Russian and might be considered extremist.