Since the beginning of the seizure of the Crimea by the Russian Federation, about 800 searches have been carried out in the Crimean Tatars' houses on the peninsula.
The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the international organizations in Vienna Igor Prokopchuk made a corresponding statement at the 1146th meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Crimean Tatar People's Genocide, according to the website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
“As part of repressive policies to silence dissenting voices, the Russian occupation authorities carried out over 800 searches of Crimean Tatars and their homes since the beginning of the illegal occupation of Crimea.”
Prokopchuk also recalled that May 12 marks the year since the arrest of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov under the pretext of "extremism."
“This eminent representative of the Crimean Tatar people was subjected to detention in a psychiatric facility and a forced psychiatric examination, encountered threats and intimidations aiming to break his will.”
The Ukrainian representative urged Russia to fulfill its international obligations, stop the aggression and reverse the illegal annexation of the Crimea.
Earlier QHA reported that at present, the occupation authorities of the peninsula intend to deprive Crimeans ownership of real estate and land.