The story of Oleksandr Tarapon, 10 years of resistance

Опубліковано 29 February 2024 року, о 17:46

The Ministry of Reintegration is publishing stories of Ukrainian citizens who resist the enemy occupation in Crimea.

In March 2022, Oleksandr Tarapon was imprisoned for allegedly discrediting the russian army. His case is one of the first instances of a criminal prosecution being illegally applied in occupied Crimea, resulting in a verdict related to discrediting the russian army.

Oleksandr Tarapon is an activist and resident of Alushta. He stayed on the peninsula with his wife and young daughter after russia occupied Crimea in 2014. He opposed the pseudo-referendum and Russian propaganda in every possible way.

After the full-scale invasion began, Oleksandr actively opposed the occupiers by posting anti-war leaflets around the city and comparing the attack on Ukraine to the actions of the Nazis during World War II. His wife Adele provided psychological support to Ukrainians in the war zone.

On October 21, 2022, Oleksandr was found guilty by the court of spreading false information about the russian army and was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. The occupiers took him into custody right in the courtroom.

In December 2022, the man was illegally transferred to russia. As of summer 2023, Oleksandr Tarapon is in penal colony No. 3 in the Stavropol Territory of the russian federation.