European authorities, specifically, the MEPs should continue to implement sanctions against the Kremlin to make sure that Russia gives up the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas. Ilmi Umerov, deputy leader of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars said that when speaking at the session of the Ukrainian Parliament (within the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly), as quoted by Radio Liberty.
‘The aggression that Russia committed should be punished. Do not forget Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk. Continue to implement the economic sanctions until Russia gives up on its intentions concerning these territories,’ Umerov said.
As it was reported earlier, Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, representatives of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, who had been unlawfully convicted by the Russian occupational court in Crimea, have been extradited to Turkey, according to the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzemilev.
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. More alarmingly, in August 2016, Russian authorities took Mr. Umerov to Psychiatric Hospital No. 1 in Simferopol, where he was held against his will.
Akhtem Chiygoz had been held in the pre-trial detention facility for over 18 months, as he was charged with ‘organization and participation in the mass disturbances near the Crimean Parliament’ on February 26, 2014. The "court" convicted him for 8 years of imprisonment on September 11.