Crimea: 66 searches, 89 interrogations and 98 arrests for last six months

Source : 112 Ukraine

Moreover, the human rights defenders reported on a death in the Crimean pre-trial detention facility
16:47, 20 July 2018

66 searches, 89 interrogations and 98 arrests have been recorded on the territory of the annexed Crimea for the last six months of 2018. Iskender Bariyev, a member of the Majilis of the Crimean people and Elvir Sahirman, a manager of communications of Crimean Tatar Resource Center claimed this, according to Ukrinform.

According to the data of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, 66 searches, 89 interrogations and 98 arrests have been recorded at places of Crimean Tatar for the first half year.

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For the period, 73 people were detained, 51 one of them are the representatives of the native people. Also, 89 interrogations have been held, 61 of them are towards Crimean Tatar.

According to the information, the Russian security forces are explaining the unlawful searches allegedly to fight with the distribution of extremist materials of the activists on social media, the calls to terrorist activity, with the affiliation to the prohibited organizations on the Russian Federation territory, in particular, Hizb ut-Tahrir. They are searching for the prohibited literature, weapons and drugs. Yet the searches are usually accompanied by the use of force.

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98 arrests are recorded  (in 76 cases arrest of Crimean Tatars). The number includes an illegal sentence extension for those who are in the pre-trial detention facilities.

It is also noted that detainees are not provided a medical aid and they are in unsanitary conditions in the pre-trial detention facilities.

Moreover, the illegitimate authorities in the occupied Crimea are using fines as a means of intimidation. The activists have been issued 22 tickets (half of them are to Crimean Tatars) in the amount of 23 thousand 761 hundred USD. Usually, they are fined for single picketing, disobedience to bailiffs, for usage of drone and avoidance of conscription etc.

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286 cases of violation of the right to a fair trial (towards Crimean Tatars) have been recorded for the half year. The trend continues from 2014.

Sahirman also reported on a death in the Crimean pre-trial detention facility

’According to the information of the human rights defenders, 69-years-old Server Belyalov and 46-years-old Oleh Honcharov have been found hanging on April 6 in the pre-trial detention facility in Simferopol. 23-years-old Dmytro Shypovnyk has been found hanging in a disciplinary cell in the same month. 39-years-old Isliam Iskerov was found with his throat cut in the cell № 8 for newly arrived detainees. He was delivered to the pre-trial detention facility of Simferopol from Dzhankoy,’ the representative of Crimean Resource Center said. Such called Federal Penitentiary Service for Crimea and Sevastopol claimed that allegedly three detainees have committed suicide in the pre-trial detention facility №1 from March to April 2018.

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Refat Chubarov, the Chairman of Majilis of the Crimean Tatar people claimed that similar reports will be relevant in the future until Russia leaves Crimea.

‘All attempts to influence the occupational authorities in reducing or preventing of repressions, persecution of Ukrainian citizens are useless despite all circumstances. Occupational authorities are continuing to apply the methods: threats, arrests, interrogations, kidnapping, and murder to strengthen in the occupied parts of Ukrainian territory, in particular in Crimea. We will analyze, submit and talk about the next tragedy until the source of repression is removed. Russian occupation authorities are the source of the repressions, aggression, and persecution in Crimea,’ Chubarov said.

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