PACE members supported the statement on political persecution of the Crimean Tatars in the territories occupied by the Russian Federation

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Peter Kavinsky

Document published website of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

“After the start of a large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the persecution of the Crimean Tatars only increased. As in Crimea, the Russian invaders are systematically persecuting representatives of the native Crimean Tatars in the settlements of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. Since early September 2022, 106 (7 from Kherson region) Crimean Tatars have been deprived of personal liberty as a result of Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine,” the statement said.

As the authors of the document note, an example of such a prosecution is the case of the first deputy chairman of the Mejlis Nariman Dzhalalov, who took part in the events of the Crimean platform in 2021, for which he is actually being investigated for the occupied Crimea.

“The “court” has decided that the verdict will be announced on September 21, 2022. For his pro-Ukrainian position and unwavering will, the invaders are in fact asking for 20 years in prison. We draw the attention of the entire international community to the continued persecution of representatives of the Crimean Tatar people, we call for more pressure on the Russian occupying forces by all means available,” the statement said.

The statement was supported by 27 members of the Assembly from 7 member states of the Council of Europe, including Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Denmark, Azerbaijan and Poland.

To remind:

  • September 3, 2021 in the village of Levadki, Simferopol . region FSB agents searched and detained the house Asana Achemova. September 4, 2021 FSB officers In the morning in the village of Pervomaiskoye, Simferopol district, a search was carried out in the house of the deputy head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Nariman Dzhelyalov, after which he was detained and taken away in an unknown direction. Before that, at night, the invaders searched the house and detained Aziz Akhtemov, a resident of this village, for his involvement in the explosion of a gas pipeline in the village of Perevalnoye on August 23.
  • September 6, 2021 “Kiev District Court” of Simferopol arrested Nariman Dzhelalova. Also “Kiev District Court” opted for a degree of restraint in the form of detention for cousins ​​Aziz and Asan Akhtemov, suspected of committing “sabotage” (Part 1 of Article 81 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
  • September 23 FSB investigation filed a new indictment against Dzhelyalov. Now he is charged with committing sabotage as part of an organized group under paragraph “A” of Part 2 of Art. 281 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (penalty – from 12 to 20 years in prison). And according to part 4 of art. 222.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – illegal acquisition, transfer, storage, transportation, transfer or carrying of explosives or explosives as part of an organized group (penalty – from 10 to 15 years imprisonment). In November 2021 also Dzhelyalov accused of smuggling an explosive pursuant to part 3 of Article 226.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (illegal crossing of an explosive through the customs union border within the framework of the EurAsEC by an organized group).
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