‘What they have been doing to Ilmi Umerov for three weeks is nothing but a kind of torture. We’re working for the rest of the world to recognize this’, Pavlo Klimkin tweeted on Monday, September 12.
On September 7, Deputy Head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars Ilmi Umerov was released from the psychiatric clinic in Russian-annexed Crimea. The politician who is now under heavy persecution by the Russian authorities and those in the occupied Crimea, says he is considered mentally sane and feels fine.
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. On August 18, 2016, Russian authorities took Mr. Umerov to Psychiatric Hospital No. 1 in Simferopol, where he was held against his will.