Whereabouts of Seventeen Missing Persons in Occupied Crimea Is Unknown (Booklet)

August 30, 2019

On 30 August, the world marks International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2010. After the occupation of Crimea by Russia, the cases of disappearances and kidnappings became a regular practice. As reported by the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, over the course of occupation seventeen people have been gone missing, thirteen of whom are indigenous Crimean Tatar people.


According to the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, over the course of occupation, seventeen people have gone missing: Valery Vashchuk, Ivan Bondarec, Vasily Chernysh, Timur Shaimardanov, Seyran Zinedinov, Islyam Dzhepparov, Dzhevdet Islyamov, Eskender Apselyamov, Fedor Kostenko, Mukhtar Arislanov, Arlen Terekhov, Ruslan Ganiev, Marsel Alyautdinov, Arsen Aliev, Ervin Ibragimov, Rizvan Abduramanov, Einar Eupov.

Einar Eupov, the last one to disappear, resides in Krasnyi Mak in Bakhchysarai region. On 6 August 2018, he left his house, went to work but never came back home. On the day of the disappearance, he was dressed in light T-shirt, white shirts, he had a grey backpack with him. He has a tattoo of half-lion on his hand.

The team and experts of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center have repeatedly informed international community through UN, OSCE, and PACE platforms about this outrageous violation of human rights. We condemn arrests, detentions, and kidnappings that are used as a tool for pressure and intimidation of indigenous Crimean Tatar people and pro-Ukrainian activists.