Russian occupation of the Crimea will be over if the invaders stop repression against the locals, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, the Presidential Commissioner on the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev in an interview with "Focus" edition.
According to him, by means of arrests and intimidation, Russia is trying to handle the peninsula.
“Repression, of course, will continue. The main strategy of Moscow is not just punish those who did something, but also intimidate the whole community, and makes no bones about collecting the grounds for repression. With the freely expressed will of people, this government would not last long in the Crimea without repression. After all, the occupiers are most concerned about the publicity.”
Mustafa Dzhemilev states that due to the publicity and transparency of the lawyer Nikolai Polozov defending actions, the Kremlin-controlled "courts" still can not complete consideration of the fabricated case against the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz.
Earlier, February 25, Russian lawyers, Nikolai Polozov and Mark Feigin appealed to the Chairman of the Presidential Council of Russia on Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov and asked him to address the public authorities of the Russian Federation, calling for an end to repression and the release of political prisoners in the Crimea. As stated in the appeal of lawyers, the indigenous people of Crimea - the Crimean Tatars - are now forced to leave their homes due to the risk of being detained and the imposition of administrative or criminal liability.