MOSCOW (QHA) -

Ukrainian journalist Roman Suschenko illegally detained and arrested in Russia, serving his sentence in the Kremlin prison Lefortovo, wrote his words of support to Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people who was illegally convicted in the occupied Crimea, Sushchenko’s lawyer Mark Feigin reported on Twitter and published a photo of the note.

“Dear Ilmi! Accept my words of support, respect and admiration for your endurance, courage and wisdom. Hold on. I sincerely believe in your destiny and mission," Sushchenko wrote.

 September 27, the Kremlin-controlled Simferopol district court passed a verdict in the case of Ilmi Umerov and chose a preventive measure in the form of two years in an open prison.

The Crimean Tatar diaspora of Canada condemned the "politically motivated" decision of the Crimean "court" on restricting the freedom of Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov. The President of the Crimean Tatar Association of Canada Rustem Irsai called on the Kremlin to release Umerov and other political prisoners.

A member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Gayana Yuksel designated the "court’s" verdict to Ilmi Umerov as vile and suggested that the invaders would send the Deputy Head of the Mejlis to a settlement colony in a remote region of the Russian Federation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine considers the verdict of Russian "judges" in the Crimea against Ilmi Umerov criminal and illegal, and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the verdict in the case of Ilmi Umerov is shameful.

Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov is sure that the decision of the "court" in the occupied Crimea regarding the Deputy Chair of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov is an attempt to force the Crimean Tatars to leave the Crimea.
Earlier, the Russian prosecutor requested a punishment for Ilmi Umerov in the form of 3 years and 6 months of suspended sentence, probation for 3 years and a ban for three years to engage in public and teaching activities.

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