In occupied Crimea, Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) operatives raided the homes of Crimean Tatars, in the early hours of Wednesday, February 17.
As Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov reported, the searches began at 04:00 a.m.
Raids have been conducted in Simferopol, Sevastopol, Bakhchisarai, and Sovietsky District, Crimean Solidarity NGO has said.
Rights activists report searches in at least seven households owned by Crimean Tatars who were this morning detained by the FSB.
According to the latest reports, houses of Lenur Seydametov, Timur Yalkabov, Azamat Eyupov, Yashar Shikhametov ve Abdulboriy Makhamadaminov, Ernest Ibragimov and Oleg Fedorov were searched.
“At 4 in the morning, they started knocking on our windows. My daughter woke up and said: 'Dad, someone's knocking.' As my husband was opening the door, my daughter and I went to get dressed. So they went in and I don't know what they did or said after, but one from the security operatives said: 'He's a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir.' They searched everywhere –second floor, first floor. They took his documents, all passports," says Gulnara Eyupova, the wife of the detained Azamat Eyupov.
The detainees are charged with Article 205.5 (setting up of or participation in a terrorist organization).