December 26, participants in one-person pickets massively filed appeals against the decisions of the Crimean "courts" of the first instance, which imposed fines of 10 to 15 thousand rubles. The human rights organization Crimean solidarity reported that more than 60 Crimean Tatars came to lodge complaints.
“Participants in one-person pickets file appeals against decisions of the regional courts of the Crimea. People have come to the Supreme Court today with a positive spirit and intend to continue to defend their rights in lawful way and the position they expressed on October 14, going out to one-person pickets. If the appellate court does not cancel these decisions, we will file complaints with the ECHR," civil defender Lutfie Zudieva said.
The civil defender Server Cholakchik stated that he considers the decisions on the fines unreasonable, and the people who went to the one-person pickets are not guilty.
“I came to the court today to appeal this decision, because I do not agree with it. I went out to the picket on my own, not coordinating my actions with anyone. And if necessary, I will go out again to express my opinion. They are trying to intimidate, but I think they won't succeed," one of the picketers Lenur Kerimov said.
A resident of Simferopol Iryna Kapolova said that she came to court on the case of Yevgeny Panov, however, after seeing the people who came to defend their rights, she decided to support the Crimean Tatars.
Earlier, at a monthly meeting of the public association "Crimean Solidarity" civil activists and lawyers officially announced the continuation of the marathon for the collection of funds to pay off fines of the Crimean Tatars imposed for one-person pickets.
December 18, 2017 the "court” hearings on administrative cases against the Crimean Tatars took place in the occupied Crimea. Fine penalties were given to 65 activists who participated in single pickets against the repression of Russian law enforcement officers against Crimean Tatars on October 14, 2017. The amount of fines is mostly 10 thousand rubles (about 170 USD), in some cases - 15 thousand rubles (about 260 USD).
Reference: October 14 a minimum of 34 people was arrested for participation in single pickets in the Crimea. In total, more than 100 people took part in the protest actions in the occupied peninsula. People went for single pickets in Simferopol, Dzhankoy, Gvardeysk, Bilohirsk and other cities of the occupied peninsula.
All detentions were carried out in violation of the Russian legislation in force on the annexed peninsula.
Later, people massively received protocols, accusing them of violating the rules of holding public events. One-person pickets in protocols are called unauthorized mass action.