In a message posted on her Facebook page, Natalya Poklonskaya, the so-called ‘General Prosecutor of Crimea’, referred to the allegations of repressions against Crimean Tatars leveled against her by civil activists and media outlets as ‘speculation and provocation’.
“In their recent statements, Ukrainian politicians referred to the arrests of the members of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami, a terrorist organization, which is banned in the Russian Federation, as ‘the beginning of mass arrests and repressions against the entire Crimean Tatar people’. These statements are but another speculation and provocation meant to incite people against the law enforcement agencies in Crimea. There are and will be no repressions against the Crimean Tatar people!” Poklonskaya wrote.
The self-proclaimed prosecutor added that there were also Russians among those arrested during the searches on February 11 and 12.
“Only four individuals, all of different ethnicity, including Russians, were detained,” Poklonskaya wrote.
It was reported earlier by QHA that 10 Crimean Tatars were detained after their houses were searched. After being questioned, six of the detained were let go, while the other four were charged with membership in the Hizb ut- Tahrir al-Islami, a terrorist organization, which is banned in the Russian Federation.