Crimean Tatar woman Leniie Umerova accused of espionage

May 5, 2023

Crimean Tatar Leniie Umerova, who has been held by occupants in Crimea for 5 months, was taken to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center in Moscow.

According to her brother Aziz Umerov, the 25-year-old woman is accused of espionage.

Today, a court will be held to select a measure of restraint.

We remind you that on December 4, 2022, Russian security forces detained Leniie Umerova after crossing the Georgian-Russian border, allegedly for violating the rules of the regime zone. The woman was traveling from Kyiv to the occupied Crimea due to the deterioration of her father’s condition. Until March 16, Leniie was held in a temporary detention center for foreign citizens near Vladikavkaz. The occupants found the girl guilty of violating the regime of the state border (part 1 of article 18 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation) and fined her 2,000 rubles.

On the night of March 16, 2023, Leniie Umerova was released, but they grabbed her, put a bag over her head, brought her to an unfamiliar district of Vladikavkaz and left her there. The woman was again detained and a protocol was drawn up against her for disobedience to the police. She was assigned 15 days of administrative arrest.

Subsequently, Leniie was sentenced three more times to 15 days of arrest, allegedly due to the fact that she refused to give her phone to the police, because of disobedience to the police.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center strongly protests and declares that these actions of the occupants are illegal, politically motivated and criminal.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center demands the immediate release of Leniie Umerova and other political prisoners.

Photo: Facebook Aziz Umerov