14:46 Apr. 18, 2016
Russian authorities detain two Crimean Tatars in raid on the peninsula
Russian police have arrested two Tatar activists in a village raid on the territory of occupied Crimea. This is according to Refat Chubarov, the head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis.
"New raids and arrests this morning on the peninsula. Two men detained," posted Chubarov on Facebook.
The reason for detention remains unknown.
Ukraine says the Crimean Tatars have seen repressions since the day Russia occupied the peninsula. According to the Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev, 22 people who opposed the Kremlin vanished in the past two years.
Last February Russian police forces searched the homes of several CrimeanTatar activists. They were accused of participating in an organisation Moscow considers terrorist.
A Russian court session on the permanent ban of Mejlis is set to take place on April 25. Prior to this, the so-called Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya suspended the activity of the institution.
This trial was slammed by human right groups and European officials. Chief of the E.U.'s foreign policy Federica Mogherini called it "a grave attack on the rights of the Crimean Tatars." "This decision must be reversed immediately," said Mogherini.
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry calls on Russia to stop oppressing those who disagree with the Kremlin.