SIMFEROPOL/AQMESCIT (QHA) The lawyers of the three were kept out of their homes. -

“They are obviously looking for the remaining dozens of Crimean Tatar medias they notified the international community about. We’ll try to let you know the exact reason for the searches later on,” wrote Smedlyayev.

All of the three individuals are either business partners or employees of the companies owned by Lenur Islyamov, a Crimean Tatar businessman, public activist and one of the instigators of a civil blockade of Crimea aimed at cutting business relations with the occupied peninsula.

It was reported earlier that the Russian occupation authorities claimed there were dozens of media outlets in Crimea broadcasting in Crimean Tatar. However, their only affiliation with Crimean Tatars is that the Crimean Tatar language is stated in their licenses.