Case of Umerov is a test for adequacy

Author : Larysa Voloshyna

Source : 112 Ukraine

Deputy Chairman of Mejlis has been forcibly subjected to punitive psychiatry in annexed Crimea
23:30, 6 September 2016

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Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Chairman of Mejlis, is kept in a psychiatric clinic in Simferopol (Crimea) for a second week. The politician has been forcibly placed there by the court.

The criminal case against him was opened in May 2016 on charges of calling for the violation of the territorial integrity of Russia. FSB is talking about his interview with the Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR, in which Deputy Chairman emphasized the need for tougher sanctions against Russia for the annexation of Crimea. "We have to force Russia to go away from Crimea and Donbas. Ukraine should adopt a number of laws on the status of the Crimean Tatar people and to amend the Constitution," he said.

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"I have no complaints about the borders of 1991. In fact, I want to restore the territorial integrity of Russia and Ukraine. I do not recognize the referendum, which was conducted in violation of all international norms," said Umerov in the court.

In early August, he refused to undergo a forensic psychiatric examination. In response, the FSB investigators filed a court request of its enforcement. Simferopol court issued a special order, and August 11, Ilmi Umerov was taken away by the ambulance. During his absence, the court granted the request of his placement in a psychiatric hospital for examination. 59-year-old Ilmi Umerov has a number of serious diseases, including Parkinson's disease, hypertension, and diabetes.

Advocates talk about a return of a Soviet widespread practice of punitive psychiatry. The medical facilities and psychological textbooks of Russian Federation began to use a pseudoscientific diagnosis "delayed schizophrenia" just after the annexation of Crimea. This diagnosis was a “verdict” of the enemies of the Soviet regime; the compulsory treatment they really brought them to madness. The procedure of psychiatry in the Soviet perfectly described the dissident Vladimir Bukovsky's in his "Psychiatry Guide for Dissidents."

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President Poroshenko in an interview with CNN also spoke about the return of punitive medicine and urged the international community to protect Ilmi Umerov. Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin suggested that Ilmi Umerov is subjected to a new quality of reprisals.

What happens to Umerov Ilmi, applies not only to the Crimean Tatar people and their situation in occupied Crimea. Criminal proceedings are affecting such supranational community as professional journalism, psychiatry, and human rights. It is just unbelievable! Ukrainian citizen, an elderly man suffering from serious illnesses, is forcibly placed in a psychiatric hospital because he expressed an opinion consonant with a lot of international resolutions and statements. His interview was shown on Ukrainian TV channel, broadcasting of which is forbidden in Crimea. He was actually put before a choice - mental hospital or prison. Isn’t it a call to international institutions established to maintain international security?

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Answering the question about what happened in Crimea, you will notice a nuance. Most people ask about Crimean living standards, which fell significantly after the annexation. So why did these people want to join Russia? There is no freedom and no civil rights there, the economy falls, and militarization and escalation of aggression in society is growing.

"Crimean Spring" is a flagrant violation of international law, which caused the violation of the rights of Ukrainian citizens for continuous two years.

Longing for a misplaced country is clear in Crimea. The rights, law, rule, democracy, and international treaties are just abstract values that have no real life in any way.

It is not the matter of views and the percentage of support, but in legal terms. The unanimous vote for committing a crime against a lone passerby in a dark alley cannot shift the focus of the offense to the "will of the majority." The anti-human practices, reduced to the rank of the law - cannot serve as an argument in court. Just remember that any Nazi criminals could not avoid liability just by saying phrase: "I just followed the law."

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First, we must admit that there is no "will of the pro-Russian majority." Both the referendum and the accompanying "military monitoring" army invader cannot be considered legitimate. But most importantly, the Crimeans’ desire to join their homeland does not mean massive release of Ukrainian citizenship.

The situation in Crimea is threatening. All the Crimean school children get the free diaries, which contain “interesting facts” column. These special school diaries tell that the Crimean Tatars invaded the peninsula with the connivance of the Ukrainian government. Allegedly, wild nationalistic Crimean Tatars began to seize Crimea in 1991. All this has been accompanied by Ukrainian officials for conniving powerful ideological and financial support for the Turkish government.

There are continuous attempts to provoke ethnic conflicts in Crimea. Not only pro-Ukrainian Crimean Tatars and Crimean residents are in danger today, but also "Bolsheviks" that are devoted to Russia. They planned are near to the boundaries, crossing which will cause them to fear the return of Crimea to the Ukrainian legal field. Ilmi Umerov case, imitation of Crimea by the Ukrainian saboteurs, accusations of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov of terrorism - everything links in a chain - dehumanization of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars.

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Self-proclaimed Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonska answering the question of the missing dozens of Crimean Tatars on the peninsula, said that these are some 26 cases of 300000th people. In her opinion, this is not an indicator of mass phenomena. In the USSR, forced detention of dissidents in psychiatric hospitals has not affected millions. But professional psychiatric classify this phenomenon as torture. In turn, millions passed through the Gulag. And this does not prevent Russia from loving Stalin today.

Crimea is a test for adequacy. This is expertise to our common mental health. Ilmi Umerov and all Crimeans today require protection against Putin’s psychiatry.

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