On May 7, at about 13:00, security forces in Yevpatoria detained 25 Crimean Tatars and taken them for questioning to the city police station. The new "suspects" where taken their fingerprints as well, Osman Pashayev, a journalist of ATR TV channel posted on his Facebook page.
"All the detainees were taken for questioning to the city police station, were they were fingerprinted. The arrest took place at the central market and near Vostochka restaurant. All the detainees are Crimean Tatars," the journalist wrote.
According to Pashayev, the police explained the mass detentions of the Crimean Tatars in Yevpatoria as operation to capture the criminals who killed the family in Krasnodar. The detainees were told that "check of all suspicions is ongoing."
"When asked whether Russian natives could be suspects, one of the officers said that they could. Then, why the police had brought more than 20 people, and all of them - the Crimean Tatars - the answer was: We are 'little' people, there was an order from above," Osman Pashayev wrote.
It was reported earlier that Russian FSB Security Forces stormed a mosque in the village of Molodizhne, Simferopol district, during Jumu'ah (traditional Friday prayers in Islam - Ed.) and detained about a hundred Muslims putting them on the buses. On the way to the intended destination, the Russian Security Forces have released all of the detainees, ordering every of them to show up at the police station.
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov said the Russian occupants commit such discriminatory acts only against Muslims of Crimea and do not touch the faithful of other religions. According to Chubarov, thus the FSB aims to intimidate the Crimean Tatars and humiliate their honor and dignity.
Mustafa Jemilev, Leader of the Crimean Tatars and Commissioner of Ukrainian President on Crimean Tatar Affairs, believes that by means of threats and violence the Russian authorities are trying to persuade the Muslims in annexed Crimea to cooperation.