Prior to conducting searches in the homes of Crimean Tatars, officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in Russian-occupied Crimea use cars with set up surveillance cameras, according to Eskander Bariev, Mejlis member and Chairman of the Committee for Protection of Crimean Tatars’ Rights.
“Experts of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center report that a few days before conducting searches and arrests the FSB officers park cars with installed surveillance cameras near houses of future victims," Bariev wrote on Facebook.
The Mejlis member also noted that the vehicles of security services often stand unused and look "abandoned."
“If you notice abandoned and ownerless vehicles, be careful and cautious ...,” Bariev wrote.
Just a reminder: February 11, 2016, searches and arrests took place in homes of 12 Crimean residents.
In March, 2016, a three-hour search was conducted in the house of a Qurultai Delegate Remzi Muratov located in the village of Dmytrivka, Crimea’s Dzhankoy district.
OMON officers (Russian special forces) searched the house of another Qurultai Delegate Shevket Usmanov located in the village of Vesele, Sudak district. On that day, Usmanov was in Kyiv and the only once at home were his sons and wife Ilmira.
On May 6, Russian FSB Security Forces stormed a mosque in the village of Molodizhne, Simferopol district, detaining about a hundred worshippers performing the Juma prayer. On the way to the intended destination, the Russian Security Forces have released all of the detained Muslims, instructing them to show up at the police station later on.
The leader of the Crimean Tatars and Commissioner of Ukrainian President on Crimean Tatar Affairs Mustafa Jemilev believes that by threats and violence, the Russian authorities are trying to persuade the Muslims of the annexed Crimea to cooperate.