: Another Crimean Tatar arrested in Russia-annexed peninsula

19:14 Jun. 5, 2016

Another Crimean Tatar arrested in Russia-annexed peninsula

Icon lamp in memory of the deportation of Crimean Tatars in Kyiv (UNIAN Photo)

Occupation-authorities continue pursuing Crimean Tatars 

UPDATE: On early June 6, Ismayil Mustafayev was released, Ukrainian media report.

STORY: Another Crimean Tatar was detained in Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.

This is reported by first deputy head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Nariman Dzhelalov.

Read also Russia shortens budget costs for occupied Crimea

"Today, on June 5, Crimean Tatar, 54-year-old father of three children, Ismayil Mustafayev was detained in the village of Krasniy Mak, the Bakhchisaray district. He was transported to the Sevastopol police station on suspicion of illegally cutting down forests in 2012 ", wrote Dzhelalov.

Mass detentions and searches of Crimean Tatars continue on the Russian-occupied peninsula. recently, occupation authorities banned the Mejlis activities and declared it an "extremist organisation". The European Union slammed the prohibition of the Crimean Tatars Mejlis by the Kremlin. E.U. officials said the ban constituted the further deterioration of the human rights on the occupied peninsula.

Several Crimean Tatar activists are currently imprisoned on suspicion for being involved in the so-called 'February 26' case*. Another four Crimean Tatars are charged of terrorism and involvement in the Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir. Its activities are banned in Russia.

Read also After Mejlis ban, Crimean 'authorities' turn to mass media

*In February of 2014, several thousands of Crimean Tatar activists gathered in front of the Supreme Council of Crimea to support territorial integrity of Ukraine. Violent clashes erupted between pro-Ukrainian activists and pro-Russian supporters and developed into mass unrest. Two pro-Russian activists were found dead after the violence subsided. A year later Russian Investigative Committee filed a criminal case regarding organizing mass unrest. Then came the first arrests. 

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