Head of Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar people CEC Zaire Smedlyaev states that the detention of Muslims in the occupied Crimea during the "raid" at the Simferopol market on December 15 was triggered by requests of the Crimean Mufti. In his comments to QHA, Smedlyaev said that the mayhem is caused at the request or assistance of those who were supposed to protect the Muslims.
“Over the past few days the pressure on business-Muslims is increasing! There is blatant pressure, including surveys, interrogations, taking fingerprints and DNA analysis. Many are afraid to disclose these facts, others are generally worried due to intensified persecution of lawyers and human rights activists in recent! The worst thing for many people, is that this mayhem is caused at the request or assistance of those who must rather defend the Muslims, even the wayward!” Smedlyaev said.
Previously, according to the Field Human Rights Center, in the afternoon December 15, a raid was conducted at the Simferopol market "Privoz" to capture the Muslims, people of non-Slavic appearance and citizens with Ukrainian passports.