STROGANOVKA (QHA) -

Early in the morning on May 11, the security forces of the Russian invaders arrived with a search to the Crimean Tatar activist Riza Izetov in the village of Stroganovka, according to the information by lawyer Emil Kurbedinov on Facebook.

“This day began with searches in the house of a civil activist Riza Izetov! It is continuing repression against Crimean Tatar civil activists, Crimean Muslims, representatives of the indigenous people of Crimea! He is "held responsible" for just not being afraid to say what he thinks, for speaking about violation of rights, for his principled political position and support to his neighbors, compatriots, when they are in trouble!”

Journalist Anton Naumlyuk noted that before the search, Russian security forces cordoned off the area.

At 9:00, the search was completed. The Crimean Tatar Riza Izetov was taken away after the investigation. The lawyer followed him. Lutfie Zudieva shared the corresponding information on her Facebook page.

“Today they came to his [Riza Izetov’s - ed.] home again. They took him away. The lawyer is coming after.”

By 10:00 the Crimean Tatar activist Riza Izetov was released from the Center for Combating Extremism, where he was brought earlier.

He noted that the announced reason for the detention was "searching for materials that pertain to the missing of a certain person, Memetov," in the criminal case initiated last year.

The activist refused to give evidence or sign any documents. He noted that the conversation with the investigators in Center E "did not start."

"It's frightening that, searches are carried out based on the results of the criminal case of 2016... It happened before: They found the reason for intimidating the population. I think this is not the last activity of this kind by the center to counter extremism," the lawyer Edem Sememlyaev said.

Earlier, QHA reported that March 30 in Simferopol, Ukrainian journalist Taras Ibragimov and public activists Usman Arifmemetov (Osman Arithma) and Riza Izetov were detained. Their documents were seized and the detainees were kept in the basement of the Simferopol Center for Countering Extremism. Later Arifmemetov was released, and soon Taras Ibragimov and Riza Izetov were released as well.

In the summer of 2015, Riza Izetov was detained by the occupants for participating in a peaceful assembly and served an administrative detention.

PHOTO: Anton Naumlyuk

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