Russian special services are searching the homes of Crimean Tatars in temporarily occupied Crimea. Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova reported this on her Telegram channel, and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter.
"From 4 am, the searches are held in five houses of the Crimean Tatars in the Simferopol, Bakhchisaray, Balaklava and Nakhimovsky districts of Sevastopol in temporarily occupied Crimea," Denisova wrote.
According to her, searches are being held in the homes of five locals, including the apartment of Imam Raif Fevziev in the village of Strohanivka in Simferopolsky district. The FSB and OMON riot police are inspecting them.
Searches are also taking place in the homes of local activists Jabbar Bekirov in the village of Ternivka in the Balaklava district of Sevastopol, Zaur Abdullayev in the village of Kholmivka in the Bakhchisaray district, Rustem Tairov in the village of Povorote in the Nakhimovsky district of Sevastopol, and Rustem Murasov and in Fruktove village of the same district.
The latter returned today from Rostov-on-Don, where he was present at the announcement of an illegal verdict in the case of the so-called Alushta group in the fabricated criminal case Hizb ut-Tahrir. Earlier, the court pronounced an illegal sentence against four Crimean Tatars who are charged with the alleged membership in Hizb ut-Tahrir movement. The total length of their prison term makes 61 years for four men.
Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the situation, writing that "these inadmissible persecutions must be stopped immediately and people should be released." In addition, President of Ukraine called on the world community to react to these events.
Earlier, on July 22 security officers carried out searches in the house of the Crimean Tatars in Yevpatoriya. It is noted that 9 people live in the house, 4 of them are minors.