There is no mass disappearing of Crimean Tatars in Crimea, head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov said this in an interview with “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” newspaper.
“Four people are reported missing in Crimea. One of them has fought in Syria. I’ve met with his parents, met with Crimean Tatar representatives. The Investigative Committee has taken the cases under its control. These people (relatives of missing people,-ed.) are ready to give a press-conference to deny the rumors about mass disappearing of people in Crimea”- head of Crimea said.
“Crimean authorities do their best to make Crimean Tatars feel safe and comfortable in Crimea”- he added.
Several Crimean Tatars have been abducted or have disappeared in recent months in Crimea.
23-year-old Eskender Apselamov was kidnapped on the night of October 3rd as he was on his way to work in the Crimea capital Simferopol. He has not been heard of since.
The latest incident comes after two Crimean Tatars Islam Dzhepparov, 19, and Dzhevdet Islamov, 23, from the city of Belogorsk were seized on September 27 by a group of unknown men in military uniform.
25-year-old Crimean Tatar, Edem Asanov, has been found dead in an abandoned sanatorium in Yevpatoria, a week after he disappeared on Sept 29.
In March, Crimean Tatar activist Reshat Ametov was also seized by unknown men and was later found dead.