US Condemns ‘Jemilev case’, Repression of Russia
Russia continues its repressions against ethnic and religious minorities including Crimean Tatars.
“Russia continues its repression against ethnic and religious minorities, including Crimean Tatars and Jehovah’s Witnesses. This week, Russian authorities referred their new criminal case against Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev for in absentia trial, another transparent effort to smear him and the Crimean Tatar people as criminals and extremists in retribution for their opposition to the occupation,” U.S. Permanent Representative to OSCE James Gilmore said at the online meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on June 11.
“We applaud the Ukrainian National Police’s main directorate for Crimea and Sevastopol for opening criminal proceedings regarding the raids. One day the people participating in these raids will be brought to justice,” Gilmore stated.
The Leader of the Crimean Tatar People, Mr Mustafa Jemilev, has been arraigned for an invented “case” in Crimea occupied by Russia.
Mr Jemilev, who is known for his actions to promote peace and to prevent human rights violations, has been charged with a series of untrue crimes after declaring the Crimea Walk.
Since Russia invaded Crimea, a part of Ukraine, in 2014, the Moscow-controlled Investigation Committee advanced its illegal activities. The so-called Investigation Committee notified about the charge sent in writing to Mr Mustafa Jemilev’s house in Bakhchisaray, Crimea. He arraigned to trial on April 10, 2020, within the framework of the case, which opened by Russian Administration on August 11, 2014. He has been charged with invented crimes according to the official note of the case:
- For crossing the Russian State border without legal ground (Article 322/3 of the Russian Criminal Code);
- For buying and storing explosive materials (Article 222/1 of the Russian Criminal Code);
- For assisting the use of and possessing firearms (Article 224/1 of the Russian Criminal Code).
Charges have no legal grounds
Although Russia claims Crimea is of its own territory, Crimea is a territory of Ukraine according to the international law. Ukrainian citizens have a right to enter the Crimean peninsula from the mainland of Ukraine without presenting any documents. Therefore, Mr Jemilev’s travel to Crimea in 2014 was in line with international law.
Also, Mr Jemilev was always in favour of non-violent resolutions for the return of the Crimean Tatar people to their motherland during the Soviet Union regime. And he continued to invite people to the peaceful rallies after Russia invaded Crimea, which was the reason why the Crimean People had to leave their motherland as a result of the invasion. Thus, the charges invented by Russian Investigation Committee have no legal grounds in terms of international laws.