19 people are considered missing in the occupied Crimea, most of whom are activists. This was stated by the head of the Head of Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar people, Zair Smedlyaev in an exclusive commentary on 112 Ukraine TV channel.
"19 people disappeared (along with non-Crimean Tatars). I do not exclude that there may be more. The majority of the missing people are activists," he said.
According to him, human rights in the occupied Crimea are not observed at all.
"In general, the situation with human rights in the Crimea is absolutely failing, that is, no rights are observed and the interrogations, searches, arrests, kidnappings, murders became the norm. There is no freedom of expression of one's point of view, freedom of religion, freedom of ideology, no freedoms that are set in the constitution. Even the right for a single picket is also violated, and the most violent abusers of all these rights and freedoms are precisely those bodies that must be responsible for their observance. As a whole, they execute the orders of the authorities to create an atmosphere of fear and lawlessness in the Crimea,” he said.
Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov assures that sanctions against the Russian Federation should be strengthened.
"We believe that sanctions should be further expanded, strengthened, and exerted with political and diplomatic pressure, so that Russia itself abandoned the Crimea as a heavy burden," he said.
As it was reported earlier the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine sent a note of protest to the Russian Federation in connection with the decision to conduct presidential elections on the territory of the annexed Crimea. This was announced by the Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.
The presidential elections in Russia will be held on March 18, 2018. According to Russian laws, presidential elections should be held on the second Sunday in March. In 2018, according to these rules, the event will take place on March 11, but was postponed for a week, so that the voting day coincides with the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. Such a move, according to the plan of the presidential administration, should help to increase the turnout at the elections.