The human rights organization "KrimSOS" is recognized as "undesirable" in Russia, the General Prosecutor's Office of Russia said.
The Russian agency stated that the activities of "KpimSOS" "threaten the constitutional order and security of the Russian Federation." They also believe that the human rights organization "takes an active part in an information campaign aimed at discrediting the Armed Forces of Russia."
"CrimeaSOS" was created by volunteers as a Facebook page in the first days of the Russian occupation of the peninsula - on February 27, 2014, to provide "operational and verified information about the situation in Crimea." Today, it is a public and human rights organization whose mission is "the de-occupation of Crimea and the reintegration of the peninsula".
"The activities of CrimeaSOS are aimed at highlighting the illegality of the occupation of Crimea and the repressive policy of the Russian Federation towards Crimeans, maintaining the peninsula's ties with mainland Ukraine, as well as the consolidation of Ukrainian society through the protection of the rights, freedoms and interests of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other people who suffered as a result of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and Crimea," CrimeaSOS notes.
The Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation may grant the status of "undesirable" organization to any foreign or international non-governmental organization. In Russia, its "undesirable" organizations are prohibited from operating. This may result in both administrative and criminal prosecution.
Currently, there are about 70 organizations on the list of "undesirables", including "Proekt" publications, "Vazhnei istorii", the international association of investigative journalists OCCRP, the Heinrich Bell Foundation, the Sakharov Foundation and others.