According to Natalia Poklonskaya, Crimea’s ‘Prosecutor General’ and a Kremlin puppet, there is a lot of ‘speculation’ surrounding the May 12 searches in the homes of Muslims and a coffee shop in Bakhchisarai. On her Facebook page, Poklonskaya aired her grievances about the way the incident is being covered in the Ukrainian media and social media.
“Ukrainian media and provocateurs in social media are deliberately misleading people by once again speculating on the subject of the Crimean Tatars. They are claiming there’s ‘persecution on ethnic grounds’ allegedly going on in Crimea now. But crime has no nationality,” wrote the pro-Kremlin ‘Prosecutor’.
It was reported earlier that Zair Smedlyaev, Head of the Qurultai’s Central Election Committee, reported searches in at least five Crimean Muslims’ houses in Bakhchisarai on May 12. The report was confirmed by the staff of a local coffee shop, where two buses full of armed men arrived.
On May 11, three Bakhchisaray residents had criminal proceedings instituted against them under Section2 of Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code (‘Membership in a terrorist organization’) and Section 1 of Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code (‘Organization of terrorist activities’).
As of today, 4 Crimean Tatars have been detained: Zevri Abseitov, Ramsey Memetov, Rustem Abiltarov and Enver Mamutov.
International observers have been reporting a record high number of human rights violations in Russia-annexed Crimea, including lack of freedom of speech and expression, as well as dissidents being kept tabs on and applied pressure against by the occupying regime.