Three Crimean Tatars detained on Kerch bridge. They were soon released, but their documents taken away.

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Марина ПищулинаQHA media
22 October 2019, 17:27
Марина ПищулинаQHA media
22 October 2019, 17:27

Three Crimean Tatars were detained by Russian security forces near ​​the Kerch bridge.

According to public association Crimean Solidarity, the incident occurred on a highway en route from Russian Rostov-on-Don to occupied Crimea.

The detainees later informed, that the Russian police demanded them to fill out questionnaires for the "working out of crimes" and tried to force them undergo fingerprint examination, but were refused.

After that they seized the documents of the detained. When asked why the documents were taken away and whether a protocol of detention would be drawn up, the Russian officer did not answer, asking the Crimean Tatars to wait outside.

⚡️ЗАДЕРЖАНИЕСегодня в 3.07 утра на автомобильной дороге по пути из Ростова-на-Дону в Крым в районе Керченского моста...

Опубліковано Крымская солидарность Понеділок, 21 жовтня 2019 р.

Crimean residents Ansar Osmanov, Ali Kerimov and Amet Suleymanov were returning after attending the trial in the Southern District Military Court over the “Yalta group” in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” as listeners.

Crimean Tatar human rights activist Mumine Salieva said that this situation is nothing more than an act of intimidation and “warning” that the Crimean Tatars should discard all motives to attend court hearings in Rostov-on-Don.

She noted that the pressure on the Crimean Tatars creates confrontation and unites them even more.

Более 6 часов сотрудники полиции не возвращали документы троим крымским татарам, которые возвращались из Ростова-на-Дону...

Опубліковано Mumine Saliyeva Вівторок, 22 жовтня 2019 р.

Crimean Tatars were kept without documents for more than six hours. The fact that they were finally released became known only about 10 in the morning.

On June 14, Russian security forces detained Crimean Tatar Emirkhan Murtazayev. He was taken to the “Center for Countering Extremism of the FSB of the Russian Federation” in Simferopol. However, he was soon released, because he has a mental disorder - schizophrenia, and he was registered in a psychiatric hospital.

As QHA media reported, Hugh Williamson, director of the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch for Europe and Central Asia, said that Russia is trying to expose Crimean Tatars who did not accept the occupation of Crimea as terrorists and extremists.

For the first half of 2019 alone, 200 cases of arrest were recorded in occupied Crimea. Also during this period, the Russian security forces conducted 73 searches, 55 of which were in the homes of Crimean Tatars.