Since Russia illegally occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, 22 people, mostly Crimean Tatars, have gone missing. Mustafa Dzhemilev, MP, Ukraine’s Presidential Envoy on issues of Crimean Tatar people and their long-standing leader, posted this at Facebook.
According to him, sometimes Russian special services use kidnapping as a threat during interrogations. “If a man holds out there, they could ask him: “Aren’t you afraid that you or your children might get kidnapped?”, Dzhemilev wrote.
Earlier on April 6, Russian FSB (federal security service) detained five Crimean Tatars in Maryino, near Simferopol, Crimea. Previously, masked gunmen detained another 35 Crimean Tatars in café “Baghdad”. After taking DNA samples and fingerprints, FSB agents released them.
Zair Smedlyaiev, Head of the Central Election Committee of the Quriltay, said the occupant authorities of Crimea have been provoking Crimean Tatars to take up arms. According to him, the pro-Russian government needs this so as to give themselves a free hand for more radical repressions against Crimean Tatars.