SIMFEROPOL/AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Only few can afford being dissidents in occupied Crimea where the Federal Security Service of Russia is trying to force into exile as many people as it can by conducting regular searches and resorting to a tactic of intimidation, said Ilmi Umerov, Mejlis Deputy Chairman, in an interview with QHA while commenting on the searches of the companies owned by Lenur Islyamov.

“What they are trying to do is scare as many people as they can because everybody in Russia should be scared all the time. Only few can afford being dissident and disloyal. Having a business and being successful is a prerogative of those loyal to the regime,” said Ilmi Umerov.

According to Umerov, the Federal Security Service of Russia is trying to force into exile as many people as it can by resorting to a tactic of intimidation.

However, Ilmi Umerov is positive that Crimean Tatars living in their homeland will be able to withstand the attacks of the occupation authorities.

“I’m positive Crimean Tatars will have enough common sense and patience to continue not to recognize Russian jurisdiction over Crimea. They will also go on fighting for an autonomous Crimean Tatar republic within Ukraine,” he concluded.

It was reported earlier that the FSS launched a criminal case against Lenur Islyamov on October 22.

The Russian occupation authorities are now conducting searches at homes of Elzara Islyamova, Director of ATR TV Channel, Lili Budzhurova, a journalist, and Edem Islyamov, CEO of SimCityTrans carrier.

All of the three individuals are either business partners or employees of the companies owned by Lenur Islyamov, a Crimean Tatar businessman, public activist and one of the instigators of a civil blockade of Crimea aimed at cutting business relations with the occupied peninsula.

According to Islyamov, his house in Moscow is currently being searched by the police.

The Russian Central Bank revoked a license and placed under temporary administration Just Bank owned by Lenur Islyamov.

QHA