Large-scale searches in the houses of the Crimean Tatars began in the Crimea this morning. Several people detained. What is happening now (UPD)
In the Simferopol region of Crimea large-scale searches in the homes of the Crimean Muslims began this morning. They are already called the most massive since the annexation of the Crimea.
The “Kiev District Court” of Simferopol sentenced Crimean Muslims Rustem Seitkhalilov, Akim Bekirov, Seyvetli Seytnabdiev, Farkhat Bazarov, Erfan Osmanov, Seyran Murtaz to imprisonment until May 15.
The first sentence of the “Kiev District Court” of Simferopol concerned the Crimean Tatars, who came to support compatriots, during the searches in their houses, but were detained as well by Russian security forces.
Emil Ziyadinov was found guilty of disobeying the police (art. 20.1 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation) and fined 500 rubles.
The first meeting of the “Kyiv District Court” of Simferopol regarding the detainees is over for today. The “judge” issued a decision on the detention of Tofik Abdulgaziyev until May 15, 2019.
The lawyer Emil Kurbedinov told the activists of the Crimean Solidarity that “court” sessions on choosing a preventive measure for the detained Crimeans would be held today. The first such hearing began in the “Kiev District Court” of Simferopol regarding Tofik Abdulgaziyev who was detained in the morning in the village of Kamyanka, Simferopol District.
Kurbedinov assumes that if today the “judges” do not have time to decide on all twenty detainees, the meetings will continue tomorrow.
Anton Naumlyuk published a list of 20 Crimean Tatars detained after searches.
“They were taken to the FSB office in Simferopol and lawyers, who were not allowed during the search, were not admitted to them as well. The investigation team includes investigators from the Crimea, Krasnodar and Rostov. Namely, the investigator Igor Skrypka, who conducted the case of Ilmi Umerov, was engage,” the journalist informed.
Refat Chubarov thanked the activists in the Crimea for their courage and resilience and encouraged them to record all the details of what is happening in the places of compact settlements of the Crimean Tatars.
According to the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, in the future this will allow identifying the offenders: Vehicle numbers, photographs of the security forces officers, their use of various devices, the names of the “investigators” and witnesses, signatures under the protocols, etc.
The FSB of Russia reported that 20 Crimean Muslims have been detained during today’s searches.
The detainees were claimed to be members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, who allegedly carried out “anti-constitutional activities aimed at overthrowing the current government by force.”
The report also notes that the operational-search measures and investigative actions continue.
The Head Office of the National Police in the ARC and Sevastopol opened criminal proceedings on the fact of illegal searches in the houses of the Crimean Tatars, which were conducted by Russian security forces on March 27 in the occupied Crimea.
Andrei Bondarenko, Acting Head of the State Administration of National Police in the ARC and Sevastopol informed the Center for Investigative Journalism on the fact.
Journalist Anton Naumlyuk wrote about the raids of the FSB in Strohanivka, which was near Simferopol: “Four Crimean Tatar activists were not at home when the FSB officers came with a search. The location of all four is unknown, the FSB officers are looking for them, going to every house in the village.”
According to the journalist, three of the 17 detainees are charged with part 1 of article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“organization of the activities of a terrorist organization and participation in the activities of such an organization”). Thus, Riza Izetov, Alim Karimov and Farkhad Bazarov are suspected of allegedly organizing Hizb ut-Tahrir cells.
The rest are accused under part 2 of the same article (“participation in the activities of a terrorist organization”).
Ukraine informed the Council of Europe about detentions in Crimea, according to the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmitry Kuleba.
The diplomat said he expects concrete action from the Council of Europe, rather than another statement of concern.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed a strong protest in connection with the massive illegal searches of houses and the detention of representatives of the Crimean Tatar people, which took place today in the Simferopol and Bilohirsk districts of the Crimea, which was temporarily occupied by Russia.
“Head” of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov welcomed the actions of security officials who conducted searches in the houses of the Crimean Tatars. He cynically described reports on repression unfolding in the occupied peninsula as “lies and demagogy”.
At the same time, Aksyonov accused Ukraine of inciting interethnic and interfaith tensions with the help of Hizb ut-Tahrir.
At the moment, 17 people have already been detained, the Crimean journalist Lilya Buzhurova reports. Two of them just came to support their compatriots, and the rest were taken away by the security forces after the searches.
Lawyer Nikolai Polozov stressed that the initiative Crimean Solidarity has long annoyed the occupation authorities. “The empire strikes back,” Nikolai Polozov notes.
These searches are another act of intimidation and the continued harassment of Crimean Tatars and Muslims in Crimea, lawyer Emil Kurbedinov said.
Russian security forces came to more than 20 families of Crimean Muslims with searches.
Russian security officials did not allow Kurbedinov into the house of Tofik Abdulgaziyev, whom he came to defend.
He was taken away in an unknown direction, but most likely to the FSB office in Simferopol. Relatives say that during searches some literature was planted, because last night when they did the cleaning, nothing of what the security forces “found” had been there.
The son of Abdulgaziyev in the commentary of the Crimean Solidarity told in detail about how the “extremist literature” was found in their home.
Lawyer Edem Semedlyaev, was not allowed during the search in the house of Edem Yayachikov and reported unlawful actions.
At the house of Rustem Sheykhaliyev, where the search is also taking place, Russian security officials detained two people who came to support the compatriot.
Crimean Solidarity has published the names of 24 Crimean Tatars whose homes were searched.
Today the houses of the Crimean Tatars were searched mainly in the villages of Strohonivka and Kamyanka.