Bariiev: “The FSB exerts pressure on me and my relatives with the aim of creating obstacles to my human rights activities”

January 4, 2018

Eskender Bariiev, the Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center and a member of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, reported that his relatives in Crimea had been interrogated. According to him, the FSB exerts pressure on his relatives in order to create obstacles to his human rights activities. The explanation was written by Mr. Bariiev on his Facebook page.

"My two sisters and father-in-law came for interrogation (my parents did not because of their state of health). They were summoned for questioning because of my human rights activities and civil position. I am unaware of the details of the interrogation, as I was not informed, most likely, due to the fact that the non-disclosure statements had to be signed,” human rights defender stated.

In addition, Eskender Bariiev made a statement that the FSB exerted pressure on his relatives with the aim of creating obstacles to his human rights activities and was trying to take control of communication ties with his close relatives, making them its hostages.

On December 21, it was reported that summons to an interrogation by the FSB investigator were handed in to the parents and close relatives of Eskender Bariiev. Previously, in his open statement Mr. Bariiev demanded that his relatives should not be disturbed, since they had nothing to do with his activities and his civil position.