Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky connects a new wave of detentions of Crimean Tatars in Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia with the start of the Crimean Platform. He wrote about this on his Twitter on Saturday.
"Invaders in Crimea are again resorting to persecution of Crimean Tatars. Regular searches and detentions are taking place in their homes. Nariman Dzhelyalov, first deputy head of the Mejlis, has already been taken away. This is how the Russian Federation reacts to the start of the Crimean Platform. All detainees must be released!" wrote Zelensky.
On September 4, in the occupied Crimea, the security forces conducted a search at the deputy chairman of the Mejlis. The search was carried out in the village of Pervomayskoye, Simferopol region of Crimea. Nariman Dzhelyalov himself was taken away in a blue Volkswagen minibus.
The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has opened criminal proceedings in connection with the searches and illegal detention of the first deputy head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Nariman Dzhelyalov by the security forces of the Russian Federation.
Later, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed a protest in connection with the next raid of illegal searches and detentions of residents of various regions of the temporarily occupied Crimea on September 3 and 4.