The occupation authorities in Crimea are recruiting young Crimean Tatars, QHA cites Refat Chubarov, Mejlis Chairman and Ukrainian MP, as saying at a news conference held on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the Crimean Tatars’ deportation.

“In order to break the Crimean Tatar people and make them stop their resistance to the Russian occupation, they (the Russian authorities in Crimea - QHA) are doing the same thing they did in the Caucasus. They are handpicking our young men and sending them to special schools, where they get trained to fight their own people,” Chubarov said.

According to Chubarov, the FSS (Russia’s Federal Security Service) recruited 14 young Crimean Tatars who will undergo training at the FSS’s higher educational institutions.

“They get sent to schools in mainland Russia to study under special programs,” Chubarov said.

Just a reminder: after a rigged referendum of March 16, Russia occupied Crimea in February-March 2014. Most of the world did not recognize Russia’s jurisdiction over Crimea, while to Ukraine Crimea remains a temporarily occupied territory.

It was reported earlier that Mustafa Jemilev, Leader of the Crimean Tatar people and Advisor to Ukrainian President on Crimean Tatar affairs met with members of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Swedish Riksdag on May 13. At the meeting, Jemilev tried to convince the Swedish MPs that Crimea could not be taken back militarily. Jemilev also told them about the ongoing repression against the Crimean Tatars in Crimea.