FSB completed search in office of lawyers defending Crimean Tatars. The lawyers’ personal smartphones were taken to read correspondence
In Moscow, a search was completed in the office of the Legal Initiative project, which provided legal assistance to 46 Crimean Tatars detained in July near the building of the Supreme Court of Russia.
The press secretary of the organization Ksenia Babich reported on the situation.
According to her, the FSB attempted to open the office of the director of the organization, but they did not due to the lack of official permission.
At that moment, several lawyers were in the office of human rights defenders.
Arriving FSB officers, escorted by SOBR fighters, said they had a warrants to search “the entire building,” although they did not consider it necessary to present the document.
During the search, the security forces felt completely unpunished: they photographed documents of those in the office, unlocked the rooms, took personal smartphones and read the correspondence.
The owner of the premises told human rights defenders that the search was taking place in a neighboring office, which is located on the same floor with them and does not relate to the project.
On July 11, Moscow police detained more than 50 Crimean Tatars near the building of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, where the appeal of four defendants in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case was heard. On July 12, all the Crimean Tatars protesting outside the building of the Supreme Court of Russia in Moscow left the branches of the Meshchansky and Tagansky police departments. In late July, a court in Moscow sentenced them to pay a fine. In response, the Crimean Marathon was launched to collect money to pay off the amount of fines.