“Near Pionerskoye village Russian punishers on Volkswagen car equipped with flashing lights and sound units forced a car of Asan Egiz, Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People delegate, in annexed Crimea, to pull over. Having made sure that Asan Egiz was the detainee, Russian punishers took him in their car in an unknown direction,” Chubarov wrote.
According to Chubarov, Abdurman Egiz, Asan’s brother, who arrived at the site, did not find the car of Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People delegate. Chubarov added that Asan’s brother went to Russian Federal Security Service in Crimea to find his brother.
Zair Smedlya, the Head of Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People Central Election Committee, confirmed the information on Asan’s detention.
At the same time, the representatives of Russian Federal Security Service Administration in Crimea deny the delegate’s detention. Aider Azamatov, the lawyer, who is searching for Egiz, said it in the comment for Krym.Realii.
“We have been to the Federal Security Service Central Administration. We have been told that he was not here and he was not taken here today. We left an application and we are going to the Centre, maybe we will find out something there. If we have nothing there, we will go to the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate - we may get some information there,” Azamatov said.
Earlier, Russia annexed Crimea in March, 2014. Crimea was declared a temporarily occupied territory, The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has officially declared February 20, 2017 the beginning of Russia’s occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s President, signed a relevant law on October 7, 2015. The international organizations acknowledged the occupation of Crimea and condemned Russia’s actions. Western states imposed a series of economic sanctions. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a “restoration of historical fairness”.
After Russia annexed Crimea, the population of the peninsula is being regularly searched and questioned. The human rights defenders describe it as “a struggle against dissidence”.