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The policy of persecution continues in the occupied Crimea - Bariiev

20 July 2020

The Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, a member of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Eskender Bariiev, said on the air of the UA: Crimea TV channel that the policy of persecution continues in the occupied Crimea: Russian services continue to open criminal proceedings, conduct searches and arrest activists. In addition, the occupiers are persecuting people outside the peninsula.

“The policy of persecution continues in the occupied Crimea. Russian services open criminal proceedings, arrest and conduct searches primarily on religious grounds: in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case, Jehovah's Witnesses, and also accuse people of allegedly spying for Ukraine, allegedly in the storage of weapons. That is, these trends have not changed”,- said Bariiev.

The head of the board of the CTRC stressed that over the past six months, given the coronavirus, the Russian authorities have persecuted people who are outside the occupied territories. The invaders are arresting in absentia and passing court decisions, resuming various criminal proceedings, for example, against Mustafa Dzhemilev, Refat Chubarov, Lenur Isliamov.

In addition, the Russian Federation is trying in every possible way to prevent any public actions, gatherings. The Crimean Tatar Resource Center recorded more than 70 cases of handing warnings to activists about the inadmissibility of unauthorized events from 23 February to 26 June.

“Double standards continue. We see that by prohibiting activists from holding actions related to Shevchenko's birthday and the Day of Deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, the occupation authorities allow mass events related to June 24 or car rallies using Stalin's portrait”,- he explained.