January 27, in the occupied Crimea in the city of Sudak, a police squad arrived at a meeting of the Crimean Solidarity NGO. According to the security forces, the reason for their arrival was information about the presence of weapons in the premises where the meeting of the public association was taking place. They added that the meeting was taking place in the "border zone" and this had to be coordinated with the so-called authorities.
The security officials forced activists of the public association Crimean Solidarity to provide their passport data, holding them in the premises where the organization's meeting was held, according to the information on the Crimean solidarity page on Facebook.
“All the participants were offered two options: either they voluntarily provide their passport data (recorded in one register, which is in fact a database of all the activists), or all those who voluntarily refused to show their documents will be delivered to the police station for identification,” said the message.
"Police" brought sniffer dogs with them allegedly for the search for weapons.
The Crimean solidarity noted that those who had provided their passport data were released outside, and those who did not have documents with them were kept indoors.
“Those who have a passport, first provide an explanation, and on the way out one masked employee (probably an officer of Center for Countering extremism) and a police officer take a close-up photo,” activists reported.
Crimean solidarity reported that all the present activists were released only at 18:33.