Lawyer Nikolay Polozov was illegally detained in Simferopol by FSB officers and taken to the Office for questioning as a witness in the Ilmi Umerov case, the Head of the Central Election Commission of Kurultay of the Crimean Tatar people Zair Smedlyaev informed on his Facebook page.
“FSB officers detained Nikolay Polozov and took him for interrogation to the FSB office,” he wrote.
According to the journalist Anton Naumlyuk, the lawyer was detained immediately on arrival at the hotel.
Later the Crimean lawyer Eden Semedlyaev said that he came to the FSB office to provide support and legal assistance to Nikolay Polozov.
The officer on duty told him that the investigator Skripka who was supposed to conduct the questioning had left, and refused to look for Polozov in the building. In fact, Semedlyaev could not get to his client.
"The officer on duty at the checkpoint refuses to give information whether Nikolay Polozov came to the FSB building."
According to the further information, Nikolay Polozov was still in the FSB building.
"Caught a sight of Nikolay Polozov. He is located in the building of the FSB. "
Mark Feigin, a colleague of the detained Russian lawyer, suggested that Nikolay Polozov would refuse to testify under Article 51. In this case, he should be released. However he added that the goal would be achieved - he would not be able to defend Ilmi Umerov in court in the future.
According to the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, Nikolai Polozov is questioned by investigator of the FSB of Russia Igor Skripka (he conducts the investigation into the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, arrived in the occupied Crimea from Russia) and the Operations Officer of FSB of Russia Vladimir Shevchenko (a defector, former officer of the SBU Ukraine, oversaw the Crimean Tatar sector).
14:40 (15:40 Crimean time) - Nikolai Polozov was released.
“I qualify these actions not as an attempt to interrogation but kidnapping,” journalist Anton Naumlyuk cited the lawyer’s words.
Earlier, Nikolay Polozov was threatened with forced drive for questioning.