Crimean Tatars oppression: Crimean Tatar leader freed from mental ward
Politics12:53 Sep. 7, 2016
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Crimean Tatar leader freed from mental ward

Ilmi Umerov released from psychiatric hospital and is in good health

Ilmi Umerov, Mejlis deputy chairman, is freed from a psychiatric hospital. He endured three weeks of subjected forcible psychiatric assessment.

Umerov has already talked to 112.ua. He said that he feels well, and doctors confirmed he is mentally healthy. The Crimean Tatar leader explained he did not use any medicines or eat food from the hospital – everything was brought to him from home.

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Umerov reiterated that the psychiatric examination violated even Russian laws. Now he is readying himself for the next hearing in court. The Mejlis leader was forced to stay in a psychiatric hospital since August 18.

Read more UK urges Russia to release Crimean Tatar leader and return Crimea to Ukraine

BACKGROUND: In May 2016, Russia accused Umerov of public calls to violating the territorial integrity of Russian Federation. On March 19th Umerov said at ATR TV that Crimea and Donbas should be returned to Ukraine. On May 12, 58-year-old Ilmi Umerov was arrested. In mid-August, Umerov felt sick during a court session, but much later taken to a hospital. The judge announced Umerov must undergo a psychiatric examination. According to the lawyers, the conditions in the hospital were harmful for Umerov. The lawyers insisted that without urgent medical treatment their client could die. Umerov suffers from diabetes and heart disease.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko called Umerov's detention in psychiatric clinic 'resurrection of the Stalin-era regime".

The US and European Union called on Russia to immediately free Umerov.

Crimea was seized from Ukraine by Russia in February 2014. Ukraine's Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) officially declared February 20, 2014, a beginning of Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Numerous world leaders strongly condemned the illegal annexation and launched a range of economic sanctions against Russia.

Despite the overall resentment, Moscow rejects the notion "occupation", naming its deeds instead "a renewal of historical justice".

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