The searches and house-checks that are now taking place in Russian-occupied Crimea lie within the investigation on activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist organization at the peninsula. Natalya Poklonskaya, so-called “Prosecutor” of the self-proclaimed Republic of Crimea, said this on February 11 (Krym-Inform).
“The FSB, Federal Security Service, gathered materials and opened an investigation for organization of terrorist body and its activity in Crimea”, Poklonskaya said. According to her, four Hizb-ut Tahrir members were detained during the investigations, all of them Crimean Tatars. However, the “prosecutor” denies that their origin or nationality have anything to do with activities of the terrorist organization. “We do not divide people on account of ethnic descent", she said.
Previously, 7 persons were detained after massive house-checks among Crimean Tatars. Human rights watchers consider this as repressions against the nation.
The Ukrainian government has repeatedly voiced out its concern about breach of human rights by Russia in the occupied Crimea.
Earlier, leader of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov reported that Emir-Usein Kuku, the member of Crimean Contact Group on Human Rights, was detained, after a check at his place in Yalta. Chubarov added that activists of Crimean Tatar national movement endure numerous searches and multiple interrogations. According to the official, some of the detained previously met with Special Envoy of the OSCE Secretary General during his visit to the occupied Crimea in late January 2016.