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There are 57 political prisoners in occupied Crimea, - Mejlis
15:23, 6 November 2017
There are 57 political prisoners in occupied Crimea, - Mejlis

After the liberation of Chiygoz and Umerov, a number of arrests took place on the peninsula

15:23, 6 November 2017

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57 people are considered to be political prisoners in the annexed Crimea. This was stated by a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Eskender Bariev during the press conference, RBC-Ukraine reports.

"We consider 57 people to be political prisoners in the Crimea at the moment. After the liberation of Chiygoz and Umerov, there were a number of new arrests," Bariev said.

Bariev added that it is necessary to distinguish between the concepts of "political prisoner" and "a person who is subject to persecution."

In Paris on November 8, Ilmi Umerov will be awarded, which will create an image of the Crimean Tatars on the international arena, "he added.

Related: Umerov urges MEPs to extend sanctions until Russia leaves Crimea, Donbas

As it was reported ealier Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, representatives of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, who had been unlawfully convicted by the Russian occupational court in Crimea, have been extradited to Turkey, according to the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzemilev.

Ilmi Umerov was arrested by Russian authorities on May 12, 2014 after protesting illegal Russian occupation of the Crimean Peninsula and the repression of native Crimean Tatars. For publicly speaking out against Russia’s illegal occupation, Russian authorities have charged Mr. Umerov with “public calls to action aimed at violating Russian territorial integrity,” which can carry a prison sentence of five years. More alarmingly, in August 2016, Russian authorities took Mr. Umerov to Psychiatric Hospital No. 1 in Simferopol, where he was held against his will.

Akhtem Chiygoz had been held in the pre-trial detention facility for over 18 months, as he was charged with ‘organization and participation in the mass disturbances near the Crimean Parliament’ on February 26, 2014. The "court" convicted him for 8 years of imprisonment on September 11.

Related: Umerov, Chiygoz arrive in Boryspil Airport

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