The morning of April 20, the Russian Security Forces in Crimea "arrived on a visit" to the house of a journalist Zair Akadyrova who was out of Crimea during the "investigative actions."
- All the "charms" of the process (armed men in face masks, a thorough search of documents and, sorry for the details, the prohibition to go to the bathroom in the early morning) had to be taken by my family. I feel sorry for them. I'm sorry that I was not there. I want to thank those who supported them in difficult times, Akadyrov wrote on Facebook.
Following the search, the Crimea’s FSB has called a journalist for questioning. Zair Akadyrov said he would decide whether to appear for questioning or not only after talking with his lawyer.
- I will tell at once: I am not going to hide from the investigation. Moreover, a week ago, when I was crossing the "Armyansk" checkpoint the Russian border guards did not ask me anything, according to a journalist’s post on Facebook.
April, 19 a wave of searches swept through the journalists’ houses in Crimea. By the order of the Crimean Prosecutor's Office, the Security Forces raided the house of a Crimean journalist Nicholai Semena. The so-called Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya trumped up a criminal case against the correspondent under Part 2 Section 280.1 of the Russia’s Criminal Code (violation of the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation and extremism).
Nikolai Semena has been given a written pledge not to live.On April 19 the Russian Security Forces also raided the houses of the other seven Crimean journalists in the cities of Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta.
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic has voiced concern over the harassment of journalists in Crimea and pledged to follow the developments in the occupied peninsula.
PHOTO: Facebook page of Zair Akadyrov