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EU urges Russia to release Crimean Tatars arrested in Crimea

Earlier the Russian law enforcers detained eight Crimean Tatars in annexed Crimea
23:03, 12 June 2019

Searches at houses of Crimean Tatars, June 2019
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The European Union expects from Russia the release of all Crimean Tatars detained in occupied Crimea as EU Spokesperson Maja Kocijancic reported on Twitter.

“Reports of another round of searches and arrests of Crimean Tatars by Russia in the illegally annexed Peninsula. We expect all illegally detained Ukrainians to be released without delay,” Kocijancic wrote.

Earlier on June 10, Judge of occupied Crimean court Denys Didenko arrested Crimean Tatar for one month and 26 days.

Related: ECHR obliges Russia to put Crimean Tatar prisoner Bekirov into hospital

Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova stated that she applied to her Russia’s colleague Tatyana Moskalkova concerning the information on the place of detention Ukrainian citizens – the detained Crimean Tatars.

Earlier, Russian law enforcers have been searching the living houses of Crimean Tatars on June 10. The "investigation measures" took place in Alushta and Simferopol district, under seven different addresses.

The FSB searched houses of Eldar Kantemirov, Eskender Suleimanov, Ruslan Mesutov; this also concerns the houses of Riza and Enver Omerov, as well as Lenur Khalilov.

Related: Crimean Tatar activist Lutfie Zudieva detained in occupied Crimea

Kantemirov, Suleimanov, and Omerov were detained and taken in the unknown direction.

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