17 April 2019, 11:26

United States is concerned about detention of imam in occupied Crimea and persecution of Edem Bekirov

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The US authorities condemn the persecution of the Crimean Tatars by Russia, in particular, the yesterday’s detention of the imam of the Sevastopol mosque Rustem Abilev and the detention in the Simferopol pre-trial detention center of a Crimean Tatar activist, a first-category disabled person, Edem Bekirov.

A corresponding statement was published by the US Embassy in Ukraine.

Diplomats called the treatment of Bekirov by the occupation authorities shameful, as health of the Crimean Tatar continues to deteriorate.

🇺🇦 Ми засуджуємо системне переслідування кримських татар Росією та її ганебне ставлення до Едема Бекірова, стан здоров'я…

Опубліковано U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine Вівторок, 16 квітня 2019 р.

On the morning of April 15, Russian security forces searched Rustem Abilev’s house and a mosque, where he is the imam. Abilev is suspected of calling for extremist activity. During the searches journalists of the RF propaganda TV channels were working at the scene together with the FSB officers.

Meanwhile, yesterday it also became known that Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov who was detained in December 2018 had swelling on his lips with small open ulcers. Daughter of the political prisoner said that her father had pains in the left side of the chest.