This morning began with raids on the homes of five Muslims living in Bakhchysarai. It is already known that four Crimean Tatars have been arrested, according to Zair Smedlyaev, Head of the Qurultai Central Election Commission.
“After a search, masked gunmen have taken Abseitov Ramsey presumably to the Bakhchysarai Police Department. Searches in other houses are ongoing. It is not excluded that they can be followed by a series of arrests. Obviously, the security forces want to show the observance of rights and freedoms to the Ombudsman of the Russian Federation, with whom they discussed these issues at a meeting yesterday!” Zair Smedlyaev wrote on his Facebook page.
Later, he added:
“It is already known that four Crimean Tatars have been arrested.”
QHA will monitor further developments in Bakhchysarai and inform our readers about the results of illegal actions of "Crimean authorities."
It was reported earlier that international observers register in Crimea numerous examples of human rights violations, lack of freedom of speech and expression, conducting surveillance and putting pressure on everyone who does not agree with the current occupation regime.
One of the latest examples - an unprecedented wave of repression - from February to April 2016 - on ethnic and religious grounds: mass searches, followed by detention of Crimean Tatars.
Thus, 12 Crimeans were detained following searches in their homes on February 11, 2016. Since 2014, eight Muslims have been held in pre-trail detention center after being convicted of involvement in "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization.
In March, a search was conducted in the house of Remzi Muratov, a Qurultai delegate, in the village of Dmytrivka, Dzhankoy district of Crimea. The search lasted three hours - from 8 to 11 a.m.
Moreover, OMON officers (Russian special forces) searched the house of another Qurultai delegate Shevket Usmanov located in the village of Vesele, Sudak district. On this day, Usmanov was in Kyiv. So, his sons and wife Ilmira were watching the situation.
On April 27, 2016, the house of 21-year-old Crimean Tatar Mueddin Alivapov, who was arrested on January 23 in Alupka on suspicion of arson attack on cars, once again was searched.
On May 6, Russian FSB Security Forces stormed a mosque in the village of Molodizhne, Simferopol district, during Jumu'ah and detained about a hundred Muslims putting them on the buses. On the way to the intended destination, the Russian Security Forces have released all of the detainees, ordering every of them to show up at the police station.
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov said the Russian occupants commit such discriminatory acts only against Muslims of Crimea and do not touch the faithful of other religions. According to Chubarov, thus the FSB aims to intimidate the Crimean Tatars and humiliate their honor and dignity.
Mustafa Jemilev, Leader of the Crimean Tatars and Commissioner of Ukrainian President on Crimean Tatar Affairs, believes that by means of threats and violence the Russian authorities are trying to persuade the Muslims in annexed Crimea to cooperation.