The Official Washington harshly reacted to the actions of the Russian authorities Friday in annexed Crimea, when about 50 armed men in masks broke into a mosque, brought about a hundred Crimean Tatars into the street and took them away in buses without saying anything on the route direction.
- We are deeply concerned over this kind of reports from Crimea. Crimean Tatars continue facing repressions and discrimination in Russia-occupied Crimea, according to a letter-response by the US State Department as cited by Ukrinform.
The US Department of State paid attention to a number of human rights violations committed by the Russian authorities against the Crimean Tatars in Crimea, including interrogations, beatings, illegal detentions and warrantless searches in homes and mosques.
- This brutality and human rights violations must be brought to an end, according to the US Department of State.
The US State Department once again urged Russia to de-occupy Crimea and hinted that sanctions would remain in force until the troops are completely pulled back and the occupied territory is returned to Ukraine.
May 6, the Russian FSB Security Forces stormed a mosque in the village of Molodezhnoe, Simferopol district, during Jumu'ah (traditional Friday prayers in Islam -. Ed.), detained about a hundred Muslims and put them in the buses. On the way to the intended destination, the Russian Security Forces released all of the detainees ordering every of them to show up at the police station.
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov said the Russian occupants commit such discriminatory acts only against Muslims of Crimea, and do not touch the faithful of other religions. According to Chubarov, thus the FSB aims to intimidate the Crimean Tatars and humiliate their honor and dignity.
The leader of the Crimean Tatars, the Presidential Commissioner on the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar People, Mustafa Dzhemilev believes that by means of threats and violence, the Russian authorities are trying to persuade the Muslims in annexed Crimea to cooperation.