At the opening ceremony of the exhibition of portraits of Ukrainian and Crimean political prisoners, Refat Chubarov shared the events that preceded the taking Ahtem Chiygoz into custody.
“Before the arrest, Ahtem Bey was in Kiev, he often came here because we were working, despite the different possibilities. He knew that he would almost certainly be arrested that time because he had been presented with some ultimatums. He was told, “Either you actively support the ‘fair ascension of Russia’ and the Mejlis also swears its loyalty or you will get into prison.” Then I said to Ahtem, "Maybe this time you will not go?" And he responded, “if he and other patriots will go, who ever remain?” So, he initially knew the upshot,” said Chubarov.