January 25, 2016.  The trial into the 26 February case continues in Simferopol. The defendants in the case are Ahtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, and the Crimean Tatar activists Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy.

Nikolai Polozov, a Russian lawyer and defender of Ahtem Chiygoz, announces the disqualification of the so-called Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya and her subordinate prosecutors acting in the case.

“Prosecutor Poklonskaya and her subordinates, supporting the prosecution in the February 26 case, were recused,” Polozov wrote on Twitter.

His report has the details of hearing:

“A small courtroom packed to capacity. The Prosecutor Poklonskaya is surrounded by guards. The hearing into the February 26 case has begun.”

Just a reminder: The first hearing into this criminal case took place on December 28, 2015, and the second - on 15 January, 2016.