Armed men burst into the mosque in the village of Molodizhne of Simferopol district and captured more than 100 believers taking them away, lawyer Emil Kurbedinov posted on his Facebook page.
“It was reported that some 30 to 50 armed men raided a mosque located in the village of Molodizhne in Simferopol district after Jumu'ah prayer. Over 100 Muslims are reported to have been taken to undisclosed location,” the lawyer reported.
Later on, Emil Kurbedinov said that the security forces had to release all of them instructing the Muslims to come to the police station individually.
It was reported earlier that local police surrounded a mosque after Friday prayers in Sevastopol on April 22, and forced the attendants to show their passports.
On April 1, the FSB officers (Russian Federal Security Service) detained 35 Crimean Tatars at Bagdad Café on Alushtinska Street in the village of Pionerske near Simferopol. According to Emil Kurbedinov, on that day, masked gunmen burst into the cafe, put the visitors against the wall and burned several sofas. The detainees were taken to the Crimean Center for Counteraction to Extremism, and after a series of interrogation were released.