Activists of the initiative group Strategy-18 held a demonstration in Moscow in support of the Crimean Tatars, demanding to transfer to Ukraine one of the Crimean Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz who was convicted. This was reported by Radio Liberty.
"Ukrainian citizen was convicted for holding a peaceful demonstration on the territory of Ukraine against the illegal occupation of Crimea, and the verdict was ruled by the Crimean occupants. We demand that the citizen of Ukraine Chiygozis extradited to Ukraine and if he did something wrong so he is judged according to the Ukrainian laws," one of the initiators of the picket Vera Lavreshina said during the picket.
The initiative group of Russians also addressed the public through a video message with the story of Crimean Renat Paralamov, who was abducted and, according to the victim, tortured by Russian special services in the Crimea.
The activists unfurled a poster with the words "Crimea is Ukraine" and ended the picket with the slogan "Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Heroes!"
The Strategy-18 group was created by the activists of St. Petersburg and Moscow in honor of the deportation day of the Crimean Tatars on May 18, 1944. Every month on the 18th, activists take to the streets of the city to tell about the situation in the annexed Crimea, to inform the Russian society about the facts of violation of human rights and freedoms.
As it was reported earlier the Supreme Court of the annexed Crimea controlled by the Kremlin sentenced on Monday the deputy head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Akhtem Chiygoz to 8 years of imprisonment.
Ukraine will do everything to release Chiygoz, according to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Crimean ‘court’ to announce a verdict in the case of Crimean Tatar official on August 10.
Chyigoz has been held in the pre-trial detention facility for over 18 months now. He is charged with ‘organization and participation in the mass disturbances near the Crimean Parliament’ on February 26, 2014.