Legrant applied to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of ukrainian seafarers, who were illegally charged with administrative offences of violation of entry\exit procedure to the Crimea

June 12, 2018 · News

Starting from annexation of Crimea, Ukrainian seafarers, working on the Azov and Black Sea roads were systematically charged with administrative offenses under the Article 204 2 of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offenses due to allegedly violation of entry/exit procedure to the Crimea.

Despite the corpus delicti of the offence is blanket, almost for a year (2014-2015) Ukrainian mariners were charged for violations of nonexistent entry/exit procedure. When the procedure was established by the Cabinet of Ministers, border guards kept their illegal and discrimination policy regarding Ukrainian mariners, applying additional measures of control and bringing seafarers to liability in result of such measures. The most of decisions on administrative liability then were reversed by Ukrainian courts, but actions of border guards significantly complicated mariners' capacity to carry their activities. They were unreasonably and without legal grounds applied with additional measures of control. The major company in cargo transshipment of cargo in Azov and Black Sea roads asked Legrant to protect mariners of the company from illegal and discrimination border guards' actions. Having analyzed national courts judgments and compliance with admissibility criteria of ECHR, Legrant drafted the complaints on behalf of Ukrainian mariners on violation of the right to a fair trial, the right to respect for private and family life, and other rights, enshrined in European Convention on Human Rights.

The case was supported by the Senior lawyer Danil Hristich and the Senior lawyer Liudmila Sizonenko under the general supervision of the Managing Partner Tatyana Titarenko.