On January 29, 2016, a press conference devoted to the Russian occupying power's crackdown on the Crimean Tatar activists with regard to the February 26 political case, as well as the anniversary of the detention of Ahtem Chiygoz, one of the leaders of Crimean Tatars, took part in Kyiv. During the event, a video conference was carried out with Nikolai Polozov, lawyer of Ahtem Chiygoz. He talked about the expected fate of his client.
"Of course, there will be guilty verdicts because the cases are political and they will be resolved not by a court, but by the Kremlin. There has never been so, even under Putin's rule, that a political case has gone through a fair, honest, adversary court, and a man has suddenly been justified. With regard to Ahtem Chiygoz, the situation is even more difficult for the reason that Russia does not recognize the political prisoners in Crimea, even in the context of the Minsk Agreements. The Russian Federation believes that what is happening in Crimea is its internal matter, and negotiates with the rest of the world from this position," said Nikolai Polozov.
According to him, Ahtem Bey is entirely dependent on the decisions made by the Kremlin, so it makes sense to put pressure on the Kremlin using foreign leverage.
In his turn, Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, answered the questions of a QHA correspondent whether the Kremlin bargained with the leaders of Crimean Tatars as for the prisoners.
"Putin couldn't care less about it, excuse me for such non-diplomatic expression. We know that it has never been otherwise under Putin's rule. And knowing that the hostages are illegal, even under the Russian legislation, they will further worsen the living conditions of those people, whom they supposedly care about," said Chubarov.
Nikolai Polozov also added that the penalty under Part 1, Article 112 of the Russian Criminal Code in previous edition (Ahtem Chiygoz accused of) provides for 4 to 10 years sentence in prison. However, in April 2015, this article has been amended for 8 to 15 years sentence (premeditated murder).