KYIV (QHA) -

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev called on the political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullayev to stop his indefinite hunger strike, as he was already able to draw attention to lawlessness in Russia. Mustafa Dzhemilev expressed this opinion to the QHA correspondent, commenting on Zeytullayev's intention to continue the indefinite hunger strike, which he announced on April 4.

He believes that long-termed hunger strikes in "unscrupulous" Russia are not effective, since the Kremlin regime does not intend to listen to the needs of the striker. At the same time, the short-term hunger strike by Zeytullaev allowed him to achieve a certain effect, making the problem public.

“Of course, a hunger strike is first of all aimed at drawing attention to the lawlessness that is being perpetrated personally against him at the background of a certain problem. In my opinion, Zeytullaev has achieved something – now people know about him. But this hunger strike is aimed at awakening conscience, and conscience in the country that is called Russia, at least, for the leadership, is not typical. Therefore, it is necessary to hold a hunger strike up to a certain limit, there is no need to perish there," he said.

Mustafa Dzhemilev noted that he himself repeatedly practiced hunger strikes during the Soviet regime, therefore, based on his own experience, he called on Ruslan Zeytullaev to stop the indefinite hunger strike.

"There were many hunger strikes in my practice. I would like him to stop the hunger strike.”

Earlier, QHA reported, that April 4, Crimean Tatar political prisoner of Russia, Ruslan Zeytullayev, announced an indefinite hunger strike protesting against an unjust attitude towards the Crimean Tatars. Human rights activists reported that the fasting is "wet" - Ruslan drinks tea without sugar. Currently, Zeytullaev is in Rostov-on-Don, where his case is being reviewed. He is accused of organizing a cell of "Hizb ut-Tahrir" in the Crimea.

Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, who on April 14 was able to visit his client, said that Ruslan Zeytullaev already had difficulties with his health. Crimean Tatar has lost 6 kilograms over 10 days and hardly speaks.

Furthermore, the Ukrainian Consul is still not allowed to the Crimean Tatar. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed a note of protest to the Russian Federation demanding to provide the Ukrainian Consul access to a Ukrainian citizen.

It should be reminded, that in his time Andrei Sakharov played a positive role in the life of the Soviet political prisoner Mustafa Dzhemilev: He appealed to both the UN and the Islamic Conference, trying to draw the attention of the world community to the fate of the Crimean Tatar. Sakharov also wrote a letter to the detained Dzhemilev in which he asked to stop a nine-month protest hunger strike - and Dzhemilev heeded this request. Dzhemilev himself recalled in one of the  interviews: "... I stayed alive, probably due to Sakharov."

QHA