Repression against Crimean Tatars is 'hybrid deportation' intended by Russian occupiers

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
11 May 2021, 11:16
Canan Kevser
11 May 2021, 11:16

Practices of de-facto authorities in Crimea are a form of "hybrid deportation" against Crimean Tatars who rejects the Russian occupation, says lawyer Nikolay Polozov.

He said this in a commentary to Ukrainian state TV channel Dom. The Russian lawyer is a defender of Ukrainian political prisoners captivated by Russia.

Indicating that Russian authorities are trying to force Crimean Tatars to remain silent or leave the peninsula, Polozov called the constant repression by the Russian authorities a "hybrid deportation."

According to him, hastily fabricated criminal cases and adjudgment of long prison terms in the verdicts of military courts of the Russian Federation will continue, as Russia’s Federal Security Service and Ministry of Internal Affairs need to explain unreasonably inflated budgets of agencies.

"Over the past seven years, starting from 2014, the Russian authorities have pursued a consistent policy of repression against Crimean Tatars - the most significant social group in Crimea and indigenous people of Crimea, who did not accept the consequences of the occupation and continues to resist despite the pressure," Polozov said.

Emphasising that almost 100 Crimean Tatar people struggled conviction, the lawyer said, "They are illegally held in Russian prisons, either in the occupied Crimea or they are transferred in violation of international law to the mainland, where they are being tried."