Repressions against Crimean Tatars abruptly moved to a tougher phase. Head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov wrote this in Facebook.
“Repressions against Crimean Tatars, which occurred immediately after Parliament elections in Crimea, abruptly moved to a tougher phase, to open violent abduction of the Crimean Tatars and their disappearance, raid and seizure of Mejlis building, mass searches in Crimean Tatar homes, mosques and madrasas”- he said.
“The circumstances of all the abductions designate that it was done by professionals. These could be either officers of federal security agencies or self-defense forces. In both cases, the clients are the same, those sitting in the offices of Crimean government”- he added.
Chubarov referred the recent events to events that took place in Northern Caucasus, adding they are aimed at strengthening moral terror and fear in Crimean society.
“A number of the abductions take place according to the classic, “Chechen” scenario, when armed men in masks burst into a home and take the person they want away. However many abductions are carried out very ‘professionally’: a person leaves his home and doesn’t return, or later he’s found murdered”- he said.
Chubarov’s comment came after Edem Asanov, a Crimean Tatar, abducted Sept 29, was found dead. Another Crimean Tatar, 23-year-old Eskender Apselyamov went missing Oct 3.