Two Crimean Tatar Activists Arrested in Crimea on Political Charges
Crimean Tatar activists in Russian-occupied Crimea are facing repressions. On Monday, members of the “Crimean Solidarity” NGO Server Mustafayev and Edem Smailov were detained, following searches of their homes
After the raids, Russian security officers took the activists to the Russian Security Service department in Simferopol. They are accused of alleged participation in a terrorist organization. For this, they may face from 5 to 15 years of imprisonment.
The Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Refat Chubarov, is convinced that Russia is trying to discredit Crimean Tatars in the eyes of the international community. He believes this is connected to a recent act by the International Court of Justice which demanded Russia answer for its non-compliance with a ruling in the Mejlis’s favor.
Refat Chubarov is also facing accusations from the Russian Security Service. According to them, he allegedly ordered that the home of Crimea’s Moscow-backed chief mufti be set on fire. Now, the Mejlis, together with the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, is preparing to go, once again, to international courts.
The number of Crimean Tatar activists detained by Russian security forces in occupied Crimea, including Mustafayev and Smailov, has reached 69.