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Ukraine’s Ombudsman asks Russian counterpart to provide medical aid to Umerov
18:03, 2 October 2017
Ukraine’s Ombudsman asks Russian counterpart to provide medical aid to Umerov

Lutkovska noted that punishment in form of imprisonment threatens Umerov’s life

18:03, 2 October 2017

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Ukrainian Ombudsman Valeriya Lutkovska asked her Russian counterpart Tatyana Moskalkova to provide Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov with adequate medical assistance. This was stated by Lutkovskaya, in the document published on the page of Ukrainian Ombudsman in Facebook.

"Ilmi Umerov underwent heart surgery, suffers from diabetes and Parkinson's disease, his health deteriorates day by day, and therefore he needs constant care by medical personnel," Lutkovska said.

Ukrainian Ombudsman also noted that punishment in form of imprisonment threatens life of Ilmi Umerov.

Related: Umerov: I will not beg oppressors for clemency

As it was reported earlier the so-called Simferopol District Court in occupied Crimea sentenced the Deputy Head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov to two years in colony.

Related: EU Delegation to Ukraine demands to immediately free Umerov

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.

Related: Amnesty International human rights activists demand to overturn Umerov's verdict

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