Russian security officers demanded Crimean Tatar to take the responsibility for the organization of single pickets

February 16, 2018

On Thursday, February 15, Russian security officers came to the inhabitant of Krasnogvardeyskoe village Aider Ibragimov with the demand to sign a document, according to which he is the organizer of mass single pickets dated as of October 14, 2017. Having read the document, Ibragimov refused to sign it,- reports “Crimean Solidarity”.

"Yesterday, February 15, 2018, the criminal investigation officers came to the village dweller of Krasnogvardeyskoe village and demanded to sign a paper stating that he is the organizer of mass pickets dated as of October 14, 2017", stated the message.

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 then. Being fingerprinted, photographed, giving testimony and being deprived of posters all the detainees were released.

On December 18-19, the occupation courts in Crimea  fined more than 70 Crimean Tatar activists for single picketsheld  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").

According to the monitoring performed by the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, in 2017 the Crimean occupation courts illegally fined about 104 people, mostly Crimean Tatars, a total of more than 5 million rubles.