Russian law enforcers conducted searches in the houses of Crimean Tatar activists. There are detainees

January 18, 2018

On Thursday, January 18, Russian security forces conducted searches in the houses of Crimean Tatar activists, participants of one man protests held of October 14 – Girai Kulametov (Stary Krym) and Kemal Seityaev (Belogorsk). Both were detained. According to the “Crimean solidarity”, they are accused of disseminating “extremist materials” in social networks.

It is reported that Girai Kulametov was delivered to the Kirovsky district police department. At 12-00 a court session will be held  in the Kirov "court" of Crimea. According to  the relatives, Girai is accused of disseminating "extremist information" in social networks.

Kemal Seityaev was delivered to Belogorsk district police department.He is also  charged with the distribution of "extremist materials" in social networks.

Оn October 14, representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people took part in one-man protests in different cities of Crimea. They urged the Russian authorities of the peninsula to stop repressions against the Crimean Tatars. More than 30 people were subjected to illegal detention. Being forcefully  fingerprinted, photographed.After giving testimony and taking the posters all the detainees were released. 

  On 18, 19 and 26 December, the occupation courts in  Crimea fined  more than 70 Crimean Tatar activists participation in one-man protests on October 14. . Everyone was charged with Part 5 of Art. 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of Russia ("Violation of … the procedure for holding … picketing" ). Everyone was fined from 10 to 20 thousand rubles.

According to the monitoring performed by the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, in 2017 the Crimean occupation courts illegally fined about 100 people, mostly Crimean Tatars, a total of 5 million 291 thousand rubles (cca. USD 92,500).