A year ago on May 24 a member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, member of the Bakhychsarai regional Mejlis Ervin Ibragimov disappeared.
Ervin was abducted in Bakhchysarai on May 24, 2016 at about 11:00 pm. His disappearance became known on the morning of May 25, when Ibragimov had not come to the planned meeting with his compatriots to make a trip to the Sudak court.
Later, video recording from external surveillance cameras on the building of a store owned by a Crimean Tatar businessman in Bakhchysarai became available. The cameras recorded several unknown persons, presumably in the uniform of the Russian traffic police, forcibly putting Ervin Ibrahimov into a minibus.
The fact that people in uniform of the Russian traffic police kidnapped Ervin, is also practically assured, because in the last telephone conversation with his father he asked where the documents were in the car. In spite of the spying that Ervin had noticed that time, he did not doubt that representatives of the traffic police were near his car, otherwise he would warn his father about the danger in a telephone conversation.
After several days of unsuccessful searches, the parents of the kidnapped Ervin Ibragimov announced about a large sum of money to be paid for his returning. Reward of one million Russian rubles for Ervin’s alive returning was promised.
On June 2 in Bakhchysarai, a local resident found documents of the kidnapped Ervin Ibrahimov, including passport, driver's license and work record book and took them to the police station.
The video, published online June 3, shows a car with persons unknown wearing traffic police uniform driving out from the water storage a few minutes before the appearance of Ervin Ibragimov's vehicle. Then they stopped his car, searched it and took him to a white Ford Transit van. The young man tried to escape, but two persons forced him into a vehicle and drove away in an unknown direction.
Later the sources in the Crimea reported of, the Skoda Octavia with the state number 350, registered in the 36th region of the Russian Federation (Voronezh region) that was following after the car of the missing Ervin Ibrahimov in Bakhchysarai.
On May 26, 2016, the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea initiated criminal proceedings on the disappearance of Ervin Ibragimov.
At the same time, the Kremlin-controlled Prosecutor of the Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya called the abduction of Ibragimov “a provocation aimed at aggression and negativity towards the law enforcement bodies of the republic”. Furthermore, she said that “many of the people abductions that allegedly took place in the Crimea were specially performed for a commotion around the issue of human rights violations”.
Although criminal case on the Ibagimov’s disappearance has been opened in the occupied Crimea, but the investigation is not carried out.
In connection with the disappearance of Ervin Ibragimov, the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars published an official statement, stressing that this incident is on Russia conscience.
People from all over the Crimea have been coming to Ervin Ibragimov's parents' house over the year. On May 24 a dua prayer will be held in his native Bakhchisaray on the anniversary of the Ibragimov’s abduction.
And the eleventh “Where is Ervin?” campaign will be held near the embassy of the Russian Federation in Kyiv on May 24. Every month Ervin Ibragimov's acquaintances, as well as relatives of other missing people, activists and concerned Kyiv residents come to the Russian embassy to remind about the kidnapping of Ervin and demand the occupation authorities to investigate the forced disappearance of a member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars member of again.