The Ukrainian President's Representative Office for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has condemned yet another illegal raid of Crimean Tatars' homes in the temporarily occupied Crimea.
The Office says it documents each such action by occupation administration who persecute Ukrainian citizens with a public stance. Such reports about politically motivated persecution are added to the list of crimes Russia has committed in the occupied Crimea.
"Morning searches in homes of young Crimean Tatars' families are yet another crime of the occupation authorities. In the civilised world, little children shouldn't wake up in the morning from a knock on the door by the Russian Federal Security Service and a heap of armed people just because their parents are civic journalists and activists. Russia is trying to portray as extremists anyone that the regime finds inconvenient. Solidarity is what annoys them the most. The searches are the latest in a series of systemic crimes of persecution of representatives of the dissenting Crimean Tatars," wrote Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Tamila Tasheva.
Moreover, Ukraine's Prosecutor's Office for Crimea said it has launched a probe into the illegal searches.
About Latest Home Searches in Crimea
Russian security forces in Russian-occupied Crimea searched the homes of Crimean Tatars in the Nyzhnohirskyi and Sovietskyi districts of the peninsula and in Sudak early on Monday, 31 August 2020, Crimean Solidarity reported.
In particular, in the Nyzhnohirskyi district, a search was carried out in the house of Aider Kadyrov, a Crimean Solidarity journalist and a Grani.ru correspondent. His wife and four children, the youngest being 2.5 years old, were in the house at the time of the search.
Searches were also conducted in the homes of Enver Topchi, Ridvan Umerov, and Aider Abliakimov.
According to human rights activists, all four Crimean Tatars were detained and taken to the FSB directorate in Simferopol.