This morning, April 18, the Russian Security Forces raided the village of Kyzyltash (Krasnokamenka, Yalta region) and arrested two Crimean Tatars - Refat Alimov and Arsen Djeparov, Ukraine’s Presidential Commissioner on the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar People, Mustafa Dzhemilev wrote on Facebook citing the Center for Investigative Journalism.
- As the locals told the Center for Investigative Journalism, in the morning two cars with Special Police Forces arrived in the village and raided two houses, "The raid lasted two hours. Refat Alimov and Arsen Djeparov of about 23-24 years have been detained," reads the message.
So far, it is not known what the Security Forces were looking for and why two young Crimean Tatars have been arrested.
As QHA reported earlier, April 1, the armed men detained 35 Crimean Tatars in a cafe in the village of Pionerskoe, Simferopol. The detainees were taken to the Centre For Combating Extremism, ostensibly for "preventive treatment." There they were taken the fingerprints, saliva samples, photographed and questioned.
February 11, 2016, a wave of searches and detains hit the homes of 12 Crimean residents. As of 2014, eight Muslims have been held in a remand prison in the city of Simferopol as convicted of involvement in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization.
The international observers continue recording numerous examples of human rights violations in Crimea, as well as lack of freedom of speech and expression, surveillances and pressure on everyone who disagrees with the current occupation regime.