Russian law enforcers released three Crimean Tatars, who had been previously charged with the illegal storage of ammunition.
Seitumer Asanov, Umer Abduveliyev and Eskender Abduveliyev walked free on July 26. They were detained after searches in their dwellings in Kurske village, where the Russian special services had allegedly found some ammunition. Their families insist that they had nothing to do with it.
Besides, Russian operatives checked another four houses in that village; the prosecution accused the residents of these houses with an insult of the Russian flag. In late June, the Russian tricolor was taken off from the building of the rural council and burned down.
Since the illegal annexation of Crimea in February 2014, Russian law enforcement agencies have been persecuting representatives of the national minorities, including Crimean Tatars, the indigenous people of Crimea.
In November 2016, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court recognized Russia’s annexation and ongoing occupation of Crimea as an international armed conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine.. Both in the 2016 and 2017 reports, the Office of the Prosecutor has listed alleged crimes believed to have been committed in Crimea, including harassment of Crimean Tatars; killing and abduction; ill-treatment in the context of detention or abduction; violations of the right to liberty and to a fair trial and forced conscription.
The Ukrainian NGOs have documented 106 cases of torture committed by members of the Russian law enforcement agencies and Russian-controlled paramilitary structures. Although torture is most often used to extract confessions or false testimony in politically motivated cases, the NGOs stress that essentially anybody can become a victim.