25-year-old Crimean Tatar, Edem Asanov, has been found hanged in an abandoned sanatorium in Yevpatoria, a week after he disappeared on Sept 29. The funeral will take place on Tuesday.
This is not the first case of abduction in Crimea. Two young Crimean Tatars, 19-year-old Islyam Dzhepparov and his 23-year-old cousin Dzhevdet Islyamov were abducted from Belogorsk, Crimea, Sept 27, their whereabouts remain unknown.
Another Crimean Tatar, 23-year-old Eskender Apselyamov has not been seen since Oct 3 when he left his flat in Simferopol and headed for work. He did not arrive, and there is no answer from his telephone. Shevket Namatullayev, a Crimean journalist, has passed on details about how the young man was dressed and a request from his parents to phone if people have any information.
Earlier, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev has spoken of 18 disappearances of Crimean Tatars since Crimea became a part of Russia in March this year.