According to Mustafa Jemilev, Advisor to Ukrainian President on Crimean Tatar Affairs and Ukrainian MP, several dozens of Crimean Tatars have gone missing in Crimea.
A QHA correspondent got in touch with Mustafa-aga for comments and here is what he said:
- Are you planning on seeking aid of international legal institutions with investigating disappearances of Crimean Tatars in Crimea?
- We are insisting on it. In fact, one of the reasons for putting a blockade in place was that an international committee charged with investigating abduction and murder cases be set up in Crimea. We are trying hard to resolve this issue but there is not much we can do while we are here.
- What does Russian police have to say about the situation?
– They are taking a formal approach, saying that people go missing all the time. On the other hand, they are saying they will be investigating cases of disappearances and even offering rewards. However, what they are actually doing is obstruct investigation. For example, it came to our knowledge that an investigator collected evidence, such as a license plate number and all kind of other information leading to the capture of Reshat Ametov’s murderer. However, the Crimean authorities accused him of taking initiative in his own hands and conducting unauthorized investigation. He was fired and it is a good thing they did not kill him. That is how they do things in Crimea.
It was reported earlier that occupation authorities attempt to recruit Crimean Tatars by using intimidation and blackmail.