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Crimean Rights Commissioner Says Situation Worse Than In Russian Regions

The Russian-appointed human rights commissioner in Crimea has stated the situation with rights there is worse than in Russian regions.

Russia illegally annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014 after the pro-Moscow president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, was chased from office by protests in February 2014.

The Kremlin created the office of the human rights commissioner in October 2014 and appointed Lyudmilla Lubina to the position.

In an April 5 report from Russian news agency Interfax, Lubina said: "Crimea has not risen to Russia's average level so far."

She said "about a hundred people visit our office daily" and that "more than 1,000 people have filed complaints about human rights abuses" since she took up the post last year.

She added, "the flow of people in need of protection and aid is not decreasing."

Lubina did not specify what sort of complaints her office has been receiving.

She went on to say the rights situation in Crimea has improved giving only one example that the observance of Crimeans' linguistic rights had improved markedly.

Based on reporting by Interfax

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