Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Head of the Department of Legal and Foreign Affairs of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Eskender Bariiev, in an interview with Crimea Today, spoke about the systemic persecution of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people in the territory of the occupied Crimea.
“They continue to fine, detain, interrogate, arrest and sentence. So, for example, in the first quarter of 2022, we recorded 17 fines, 59 detentions, 69 interrogations, 31 arrests, 104 violations of the right to a fair trial, 10 searches, 11 violations of the right to health”,- he said.
Bariiev explained that those who could be potentially dangerous for the Putin regime in Crimea are not necessarily imprisoned or immediately sent to a colony. For starters, people are simply detained under a far-fetched pretext, and the so-called prosecutors and judges drag out the consideration of the case. Sometimes so that people are in jail for months. But activists or their relatives in Crimea are being intimidated not only by administrative arrests.
Moreover, the representative of the CTRC stressed that torture is a reality of prisons not only in Russia, but also where Russia calls itself the government illegally.