Citizens of Ukraine who visit the Russian Federation do not have any security guarantees. The Russian opposition politician and emigrant Olga Kurnosova told a QHA correspondent how to protect oneself if it is necessary to cross the border with Russia.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine must know that you are traveling to the territory of the Russian Federation. That is, the trip must be public. As many friends, relatives, even friends on Facebook as possible, should track your every move, every step. Just to prevent the following situation: You were, roughly speaking, taken at the border, put into prison, and no one knows about this for a month, you sit there and nothing happens.”
Kurnosova stressed that for meetings with friends and relatives from Russia Ukrainians should better choose a third country.
“For me, it's really wild to think that modern Russia is an ordinary country, and you go there as you do in Turkey. No, this is not an ordinary country. If a Ukrainian goes there, then it's worse than if he went to rest on the seaside in Syria. You should understand that you yourself cannot imagine what will happen there. If accusations of espionage already concern rich people, then anything can be invented about the ordinary ones. I categorically do not recommend traveling to Russia. There are many other countries where you can meet friends: for example, the Baltic countries, Armenia, Georgia and other countries.”
Earlier QHA reported that on June 13, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova went to illegally imprisoned in Russia Ukrainians. Reportedly, the 2018 World Cup is held in three cities in Russia, where prisoners of the Kremlin are kept.