KYIV (QHA) -

On May 27 in Kyiv on on the basis of the sports complex of the Kyiv National University named after T. Shevchenko  a friendly match was held between the Crimean Tatar football teams Adalet and Q-Hub in support of the member of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars, member of the Bakhchysarai regional Mejlis Ervin Ibragimov who was missing on May 24, 2016 in the occupied Crimea.

The match was organized with the support of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Crimean SOS human rights organization and social activists.

Thus, the Crimean Tatar football players expressed their support for the initiative of Ervin Ibrahimov to popularize this sport in the Crimea. He was fond of football and regularly organized football tournaments as part of his work in the Bakhchysarai regional Mejlis.

Moreover, according to Chairman of the Mejlis, People's Deputy of Ukraine Refat Chubarov, the match is intended to show solidarity of the Crimean Tatars.

“This is the solidarity of the Crimean Tatars with each other. This is solidarity with Ervin, whose fate is not known to us. These are the Crimean Tatars, who are united by one pain, one fate and one hope”,  Refat Chubarov emphasized.

According to Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Akhtem Chiygoz, the match in support of Ervin Ibragimov is part of the daily struggle of the Crimean Tatar people for the returning of the Crimea.

“Everyone who considers himself a Crimean Tatar should remember those sacrifices that the people bring for the liberation of the Crimea. Both the youth, and we never forgot about that day and will do our best to find him, and that the whole people would fight for such as Ervin. Today's tournament is part of the struggle that continues every day, "Akhtem Chiygoz believes.

The match ended with a draw - 2: 2.

Reference: Ervin Ibragimov was kidnapped by unknown people in Bakhchysarai on May 24, 2016, around 11:00 pm. In May 2016, on the fact of the disappearance of the activist, the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea opened criminal proceedings. On October 4, 2016, the mother of the kidnapped Lilya Aliyeva appealed to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with the request to assist in the search and release of her son, as well as other abducted Crimean Tatars.

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