: 35 Crimean Tatars detained in Russian-occupied Crimea

15:53 Apr. 2, 2016

35 Crimean Tatars detained in Russian-occupied Crimea

Pedestrians pass a giant wall mural showing a map of the Crimean peninsula filled with the flag of the Russian Federation, in support of the Russian annexation, in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, March 28, 2014. (Getty Images)

Police took detainees' fingerprints and samples of tissue for DNA analysis

On April 2 police detained 35 Crimean Tatars in the Crimean village of Pionerske, according to Radio Liberty. They were in the coffee shop "Baghdad" at the time.

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All detainees were taken to the Department for Countering Extremism for 'preventive reasons'. According to Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov persons of Slavic appearance, who were at the coffee shop, were immediately released.

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The Crimean Tatars were released after samples for DNA analysis and fingerprints had been taken.

No official reports or comments about the incident were made by the occupying authorities on the peninsula.

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