Russian repressions in Crimea: Mejlis member on Umerov case: This is small victory, but we shouldn't relax

17:19 Sep. 7, 2016

Mejlis member on Umerov case: This is small victory, but we shouldn't relax

Eskender Bariiev, member of Crimean Tatar Mejlis (Photo Eskender Bariiev / Facebook)

Russian occupants during one day released one leader of Crimean Tatars Ilmi Umerov, continue trial against another and illegally sentenced 4 more

Member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Eskender Bariiev commented today's progress on Russian repressions against the local population of the annexed peninsula.

"Actually today Ilmi Umerov was released from the asylum. He spent there 21 days, starting July, 18, for so-called ‘expertize'. We state and stated before that it was illegal detention in Simferopol asylum. As for me, it is little, but victory. The victory of Ilmi Umerov, the victory of those our countrymen who supported him all the time psychologically with their presence and with support of his family. This is also the victory of the official Ukraine, which made the official statements in his support, and the victory of an international community. But having all this I don't think we can just relax on this point because the criminal case against him remains open ad they (Russians - UT) will continue acting. But with his illnesses we hope they won't put him in prison," said Bariiev in an exclusive comment for Ukraine Today.

"With all this, he (Umerov - UT) will be limited in his movements. But he remains in a good mood and hopes that we can win this way," Eskender Bariiev states.

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Ilmi Umerov is free, he came to support Akhtem Chiygoz (Photo by Zair Smedlya)

He reminded about the continuation of the trial against yet another vice-head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Akhtem Chiygoz. Today he had another ‘short' day of the process, during which Russian authorities brought to the court 2 ‘witnesses' or ‘victims' in his case. One of them has so hard speech defects, that Chiygoz' lawyer Nikolay Polozov stated that Russian prosecution is using him to falsify evidence.

Read also Russian Security Service raid home of arrested Crimean Tatar leader

"In his testimonies member of investigation team tried to give false materials against Akhtem Chiygoz. The case is still going on, but we hope to get justice sooner or later," Eskender Bariiev stressed.

Also, the Member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People commented another important today's issue – sentencing of four Crimean Tatars by Russian court on so-called ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir case'. He pointed on illegal deportation of the prisoners to Russian Rostov-on-Don to have the trial there. All situation Eskender Bariiev called "the act of intimidation" of all the Crimean people. According to his data, occupation forces still have at least 14 inmates behind bars. "No one of sentenced today was proven to plan terrorist act or have the meaning for this or even ‘extremist' literature. So it's understood that this is the act of intimidation of everyone". 

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Crimean Tatars, sentenced to imprisonment by a Russian court. They wear t-shirts with inscriptions "Crimean Tatars" and "The show is over". (Photo by Vladislav Ryazantsev)

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