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Reports coming in about kidnapped Maidan activists and journalists

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Sunday, March 9th, two Maidan activists and journalists were kidnapped in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, as reported by LSM with reference to Ukrainian mass media.

Leviy Bereg portal reports that a group of Maidan activists and a team of local journalists have been kidnapped in Crimea.

Sergei Kovalsky – son of activist Anatoly Kovalsky – told Ukrainskaya Pravda that the kidnapped are being held in some kind of barracks, 100 km away from Simferopol.

According to Sergei, Euromaidan activists had arrived at the train station in order to receive a package from Kyiv – flags and ribbons. When one of the activists entered the train, he was attacked by several people. He was then pushed out. Kovalsky was caught as well. Both were beaten, says Sergei.

According to him, local media managed to contact the head of the Russian Union movement Sergei Tsekov. He admitted that the activists had been delivered to the police department and then to the headquarters of the movement. He had also noted in his conversation with the media that the activists would be let go soon. However, some time later, Tsekov denied claims that the activists are still at the movement’s headquarters.

The son of one of the kidnapped activists says the car that was used to get to Simferopol’s train station has not been found. Nor have there been any communication with kidnappers.

Journalists of Glavkom say some group of Maidan activists has been detained near Crimea. Ukrainskaya Pravda reports that some journalists have been detained as well.

Violence in Sevastopol surfaced one week prior the expected referendum, in which the Crimean government will let residents decide on whether or not the Crimean Peninsula should join the Russian Federation. It is likely that Ukraine and international organizations will not recognize results of this referendum.

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