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In the occupied Crimea yesterday, June 24, people paid their respects to Crimean Tatar activist Server Karametov, according to the Head of the CEC of the Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people Zair Smedlya.

The Crimean Tatar Server Karametov died in hospital after an accident in Stary Krym on June 23.

Smedlya wrote that not everyone was able to pay the last tribute to Karametov, as many of those people were deported from the peninsula by occupation authorities.

“Not all those who respected him, unfortunately, could say goodbye to this courageous person, due to various circumstances. Some were deported from the Crimea by the new authorities, others arrested by them, others face reprisals, but all of them expressed their words of sympathy and support to the relatives and friends of Server aga Karametov.”

Smedlya stressed that Karametov died but remained unbowed.

"Seems, this is his destiny, being constantly on the move, in constant struggle for our rights, to perish, but remain unshaken!"

Despite his advanced age (he was 77 years old) and weak health (suffering from Parkenson's disease), Server-aga Karametov was an active public figure. He attended almost all the trials of Crimean Tatars. And last year an elderly activist was sentenced to 10 days for holding a one person picket at the Supreme Court of Crimea, where they the case of Akhtem Chiygoz was considered. Two administrative protocols were drawn up against the Crimean Tatar activist.

Later, the Crimean Tatar activist went to a one person picket on the Independence Square in Kyiv. He demanded a meeting with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to discuss the situation in the occupied Crimea.

QHA