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Alexander Popkov, lawyer of the Crimean human rights defender Emir Usein-Kuku, who was detained on charges of terrorism and involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, reported that the FSB started harassing Kuku’s children.

Do you remember when a man who introduced himself as an FSB officer harassed at school the young children of the arrested Emir Usein-Kuku? He told that their dad did bad things and he will be punished for that in prison. We asked our "authorities" to bring to responsibility this fellow, as well as the employee who ordered him to do it. To begin with, our "authorities" failed to establish the identity of the citizen in a small village although provided with his name and address. But now they began to check how Emir Usein Kuku performs his parental duties, Popkov wrote on Facebook.

Kremlin-controlled prosecutors said the inaction of the imprisoned Emir Usein-Kuku led to a situation described.

And now the juvenile inspector first demanded to bring children to testify against their father, and once refused, she started doing various maneuvers to catch children without parents. For example, yesterday they came to school and agreed to call out the children two hours earlier the classes end. Today they watch the children at school and collect the characteristics of children and families.Children are now scared to go to school, they stay home. The adults are afraid that masked men with machine guns will come after the children, according to Kuku.

In comments to a QHA correspondent the lawyer Andrei Turiy confirmed that such treatment to Kuku’s children violates the International Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

No child shall be subjected to interference with his or her privacy, family, home or correspondence, or to unlawful attacks on his honor and reputation. Thus, the occupants act illegal, he said.

September 26, the court considered the appeals filed by Emir Usein-Kuku and Vadim Siruk over the decision by the Kiev District Court to extend their detention period until December 8, 2016.

A wave of searches in the homes of the Crimean Tatars in order to discredit them as "terrorists" in the Crimea began February 11, 2016. Often Russian security forces acted aggressively - knocked the glass, forcibly took away people. During the interrogation, the detainees were asked whether they are their friends or terrorists, do not consist in whether any extremist organization and are not going there to Syria. February, 11 a wave of searches swept through the Crimean Tatars’ houses seeking to discredit them as "terrorists". The Security Forces often acted aggressively – broke windows and forcibly took away people. During the interrogation, the detainees were asked whether they or their friends are terrorists, whether they are involved in any extremist organization and whether they are going to Syria.

Eight of the twelve detainees have already been released, while Emir Usein-Kuku, Vadim Siruk, Enver Bekirov and Muslim Aliyev are still being held in custody. All the detainees - Enver Bekirov, Emir Usein-Kuku, Vadim Siruk and Muslim Aliev are socially active citizens. In particular, prior to the arrest Emir Usein Kuku was engaged in human rights activities, recorded the human rights violations in Crimea.

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