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Raids in Crimea: Russia detains 20 Crimean Tatars

They are suspected of participating in Hizb ut-Tahrir
14:57, 27 March 2019

Russian Security Service (FSB) raids Crimean Tatars' homes, March 27, 2019
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Russian Security Service (FSB) detained 20 people after raids in occupied Crimea, Anton Naumlyuk, Radio Liberty reporter, wrote on Facebook.

“The press office of Russian FSB in Crimea and Sevastopol reported that as a result of today’s operational activity 20 Crimean Tatars were detained. They are suspected of participating in Hizb ut-Tahrir,” Naumlyuk reported.

Earlier today 16 detained were reported.

Related: Searches in annexed Crimea: Russian law enforcers detain 10 Crimean Tatars

Earlier, we reported that the Russian Security Service raided ten houses of the Crimean Tatars in an occupied village of Strohonivka, Simferopol region. 

In particular, the investigation was conducted in the houses of Remzi Bekirov, Osman Arifmemetov, Rustem Sheyhaliyev, Efran Osmanov, Aziz Bekirov, Akim Bekirov, Abdulaziz Umerov, Mejit Abdurakhmanov, Tofik Abdulgaziyev, Yashar Muedinov, Seitveli Seytabdiev, Edem Yachikov. In total, 17 houses are being searched. 

As it was reported, on March 26 Russian border guards detained two Crimean Tatars Remzi Bekirov and Ruslan Suleymanov near Kalanchak checkpoint. Later, they were released.

Related: Russian FSB carries out another search of Crimean Tatars

Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international, pan-Islamist political organisation, which describes its ideology as Islam, and its aim as the re-establishment of the Islamic Khilafah (Caliphate) to resume the Islamic way of life in the Muslim world. It is banned in Germany, Russia, China, Egypt, Turkey, and all Arab countries except Lebanon, Yemen, and the UAE.

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