SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Searches are going on in Crimea. Detainees are framed up for extremism and discredited as "terrorists," reported Zair Smedlyaev, the CEC Head of Kurultay of the Crimean Tatar people.

- After a search made in the village of Victorovka, Bakhchisaray district, Eldar Selyamiev was taken to an undisclosed location. Relatives cannot explain neither who made the search, nor on what grounds Eldar was taken away, said Zair Smedlyaev.

As QHA reported earlier, February 11 a wave of searches swept the Crimean Tatars’ houses in order to discredit them as "terrorists". Often the security forces acted aggressively – broke windows and forcibly took away people.

During the interrogation, the detainees were asked whether they or their friends are terrorists, whether they engage in any extremist organization and are going to Syria.

Eight of the twelve detainees have already been released, while Emir Usein Kuku, Vadim Siruk, Enver Bekirov and Muslim Aliyev are still being held in custody.

QHA