The U.S. Department of State condemned intimidation and repressions against the Crimean Tatars by the Russian occupational authorities in annexed Crimea, as Deputy Speaker of the establishment Robert Palladino reported on Twitter.
We condemn the actions of #RussianOccupation authorities in #Crimea. Armed and masked FSB raided #CrimeanTatar homes, terrorizing families and arresting 20+ individuals. #Russia, release these men and the 70+ other unjustly imprisoned Ukrainians. #CrimeaIsUkraine https://t.co/vM8XuLLnkh— Robert Palladino (@StateDeputySPOX) March 28, 2019
On its Twitter page the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine urged Russia to stop detentions, searches and persecutions.
We are extremely concerned by Russia’s raids and massive intimidation today targeting Crimean Tatars. We call on the Russian government to cease its unjust arrests, detentions, searches, and persecution of Crimean Tatars, activists, and journalists. #CrimeaIsUkraine— U.S. Embassy Kyiv (@USEmbassyKyiv) March 27, 2019
As it was reported earlier, 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 were being searched.
The Crimean police launched two criminal proceedings on illegal detaining of the Crimean Tatars and violating the inviolability of the home.
At the same time, TASS informed that searched are related to the case of Hizb ut-Tahrir. According to FSB, they are conducting searches within the probes opened against alleged members of this organization.