Crimean Tatar leaders released from detention in Russian-occupied Crimea

18:10, 26 October 2017

Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chyigoz, deputy leaders of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars returned to Ukraine after being released from detention in Crimea.

Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Presidential Envoy in the Crimean Tatar Affairs reported this on Thursday. They two officials went to Ankara, gave a press conference and then headed to Kyiv. Both men were political prisoners of the Russian occupant authorities in Crimea.

Chyigoz was sentenced to eight years in prison, Umerov faced two years; both were accused of resisting the Russian occupation of Crimea in early 2014. However, yesterday they were released and sent to Turkey.