FSS investigators in Crimea opened a criminal case against Mejlis Deputy Chairman Ilmi Umerov, TASS reports citing Crimea’s Prosecutor General Natalia Poklonskaya.

“Crimea’s Prosecutor's Office has looked into the procedural decision submitted by the FSS’s investigative department seeking to launch a criminal case against Ilmi Rustemovich Umerov. Ilmi Umerov is charged with making public appeals and committing actions aimed at violating Russia’s territorial integrity under Section 2 of Article 280.1 of the Russian Criminal Code,” Poklonskaya said commenting the arrest.

Ilmi Umerov is now being interrogated at an FSS branch in Simferopol.

“During his visit to Ukraine, Ilmi Umerov called for violation of Russia’s territorial integrity in a live interview aired by ATR Channel in March 2016. The interview is available on the Internet,” Poklonskaya said.

It was reported earlier that FSS officers arrested Mejlis Deputy Chairman Ilmi Umerov and took him to Simferopol’s FSS branch. Ilmi Umerov’s lawyer Emil Kurbedinov and Mejlis First Deputy Chairman Nariman Jelyal are now in Simferopol as well.

The FSS may charge Umerov with violating Russia’s territorial integrity and terrorism.

Umerov confirmed the report about his arrest, saying that FSS officers are now taking him to Simferopol.

Ilmi Umerov is now unavailable by phone.

Born in the village of Akhunbabayev (Tashlak district of Uzbekistan’s Ferghana region) on August 3, 1957, Mejlis Deputy Chairman Ilmi Umer graduated from Andizhan State Medical Institute with a degree in medicine in 1980.

In 2005, Ilmi Umerov graduated from Odessa Regional Institute of Public Administration at the National Academy of State Administration with a degree in Public Administration (Master of Public Administration).

In 2002-2005, Ilmi Umerov held the office of Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of Crimea.

In 2005-2014, Umerov served as Head of the Bakhchisaray district administration.

Ilmi Umerov has been Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people since 2015.

Umerov holds the ‘Merited worker of local government of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea’ title.

In 2005, Umerov was awarded the ‘For Merits’ Order of the 3rd degree.

In 1989, he became one of the co-founders of the Crimean Tatar national movement.

Umerov has been a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people since 1991.

In 1991-1994 and 1998-2002, Umerov was Chairman of a Mejlis branch in Bakhchisaray.

In 1997-1999, Ilmi Umerov held the office of Chairman of the World Assembly of Turkic Peoples.

Umerov was a deputy of the 2nd (April-November 1994) and 4th (2002-2006) convocations of the Supreme Council of Crimea.

He was a deputy of the Bakhchisaray District Council from 2006 to 2010.

Ilmi Umerov is married and has three children and five grandchildren.