Today, armed masked men detained 35 visitors of the local cafe in the village of Pionerske, Simferopol region. All the detainees are Crimean Tatars, lawyer Emile Kurbedinov posted on his Facebook page.
"Village of Pionerske, Alushtinska Street, Bagdad Café. 35 visitors were put on Bogdan bus. This message I received on phone. According to the information, all the detainees are Crimean Tatars, Muslims. The information is being verified. They were detained by armed masked men," the lawyer wrote.
According to Kurbedinov, the detainees are taken to the Center for Counteraction to Extremism, ostensibly for "preventive treatment."
"Reportedly, they are taken to the Center for Counteraction to Extremism. Supposedly, for "preventive treatment," he posted.
It was reported earlier that searches and arrests were
carried out in the houses of 12 Crimeans on February 2016. Eight Muslims have been held in Simferopol pretrial detention center since 2014 after being convicted of involvement in "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization.
Last week, a search was conducted in the house of Remzi Muratov, a Kurultai delegate, in the village of Dmytrivka, Dzhankoy district of Crime. The search lasted three hours - from 8 to 11 a.m.
Moreover, OMON officers (Russian special forces) searched the house of another Kurultai delegate Shevket Usmanov located in the village of Vesele, Sudak district. On March 29, a search was also carried out in Midat Isayev's house in the village of Novoivanivka, Krasnoperekopsk region.
The international observers register in Crimea numerous examples of human rights violations, lack of freedom of speech and expression, conducting surveillance and pressure on everyone who does not agree with the current occupation regime.