Ukraine demands from Russia to release Crimean Tatar activist

Source : 112 Ukraine

Bekir Degermendzhi is in critical condition
23:07, 12 January 2018

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Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry demanded that Russian Federation release the illegally arrested Crimean Tatar activist Bekir Degermendzhi. This was written by the Foreign Ministry spokesman Mariana Betsa in Twitter.

"The state of health of Degermendzhi is critical The occupant continues to kill the Crimean Tatars quietly. We express our protest to the Russian Federation and demand his release," she wrote.

As it was reported earlier on November 23, searches were carried out in Crimean Tatars' homes and the activists of the national movement were detained allegedly for "especially large-scale extortion" from Turkish citizen. Among the detainees there are Bekir Degermendzhi, Kurtseit Abdullayev, Asan Chapukh, Ruslan Trubach and Kyazim Ametov. They are charged with extortion committed by a group of people (part 2, article 163 of Russian Criminal Code).

Related: New searches in houses of Crimean Tatars by Russian security forces

Bekir Degermenji has chronic asthma, his condition worsened in the prison. The activist felt bad in the hall of the Kremlin-controlled Supreme Court of the Crimea on December 6. The ambulance was called for him. On the night of December 14, he was in intensive care. Doctors kept Degermendzhi mainly in a drug-induced sleep.

Later it was found out that Degermendzhi was transferred from the intensive care unit to the pulmonology department, but since there are no places the man was left in the corridor.

Related: Russian law enforcers hold searches at houses of Crimean Tatars

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