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EU expects Russia to immediately release Crimean Tatar Bekirov

His lawyer reports that the senior detainee faces numerous health issues and needs adequate medical assistance
08:05, 21 December 2018

Edem Bekirov
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The EU expects Russia to release Edem Bekirov, the detained Crimean Tatar activist. Maja Kocijancic, the press secretary of the European External Action Service posted that on Twitter.

'We expect an immediate release of Crimean Tatar rights activist Edem Bekirov, who was detained by Russia authorities. He is in ill health and needs daily access to appropriate medical care', the post says.

Recently, Oleksiy Ladin, Bekirov's lawyer reported that the inmate still has not received any medical assistance in his cell, though he needs it urgently. Bekirov is running out of his pills; there's only enough for one more day. 'The relatives passed him another batch of medications. He ran out of pills that he takes due to his sugar diabetes; currently, the medical unit provided him with some alternative to these pills, but as much as he told us it was not what he needed', the lawyer said. Later, the detainee's daughter Eleonora Bekirova said he still has not received the drugs that his family passed him.

As we reported earlier, the Russian law enforcers detained Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov at the entrance to the occupied Crimea from Chongar, as the Chairman of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars Refat Chubarov wrote on Facebook.

Related: Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov arrested for five days

“On December 12, 2018, Ukrainian citizen, a Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov was detained at the entrance to the occupied Crimea. He was born in 1961, he lives in Novooleksiivka, Kherson region. It is known that Edem was heading to Crimea to visit his 78-year-old mother and relatives,” the message says.

According to Chubarov, Berkirov was arrested during passport control on the territory controlled by the Russian law enforcers. Later, Chubarov noted that the detainee was taken to Russia’s Security Service office in the annexed Simferopol.

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