Peninsula of Fear: Persecution of Crimean Tatars the purposeful policy of occupiers – Ukraine's Foreign Ministry

14:44 Oct. 12, 2016

Persecution of Crimean Tatars the purposeful policy of occupiers – Ukraine's Foreign Ministry

The opening of a memorial to the 1944 Crimean Tatars deportation victims at Siren railway station in Bakhchisarai district, Crimea, May 18, 2016 (Getty Images)

Russian security service conducts new raids in the houses of the indigenous people of Crimea

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has once again called on Russia to stop violation of human rights in the occupied Crimean peninsula.

"Persecution of Crimean Tatars is the purposeful policy of the occupiers," the Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Mariana Betsa wrote on Twitter.

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On October 12, Russian security forces (FSB) have conducted new searches in the houses of the Crimean Tatars. The reason for the raid was not specified, but it resulted in the arrest of two people.

Local activists wrote on Facebook that two Crimean Tatars, Emil Dzhemadenov and Ayder Saledinov, were taken to the FSB department for questioning.

An amateur video of searches was published on the internet.

After the annexation of Crimea by Russia, searches in the homes of independent journalists, activists and members of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis became a regular practice.

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Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has repeatedly expressed concern about the persecution of citizens of Ukraine in the annexed peninsula, and urged to stop pressure on them. The Foreign Ministry has also appealed to the international community to exert all possible legal and political pressure on Russia to stop its totalitarian methods of suppression of human rights and freedoms, as well as to release all political prisoners and Ukrainian hostages.

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