The cases of kidnapping have become more frequent in annexed Crimea. According to the data from Majilis 18 people are missing since the occupation of the Crimea. Most of them – Crimean Tatars. There is an evidence that the so-called ‘self-defense of the Crimea’ is directly involved in this.
Member of Parliament, Commissioner of the President of Ukraine on affairs of the Crimean Tatar people, the first chairman of the Mejilis of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzemilev informed this during press briefing at Ukrainian Media Crisis Center.
Dzemilev underlined that none of kidnapping or murder had been investigated, nobody had been brought to justice. ‘This is fight against dissent and at attempt to fill people with fear’. He reported about some cases of kidnapping of Crimean Tatars by the so-called ‘self-defense’ [local criminals], retired employees of Security Services.
‘These people do dirty work on request… it is done to frighten people. First of all, those who do not agree with the occupation and are ready to oppose occupational regime. An basically, these are representatives of the Mejilis and the Crimean Tatar people’.
According to former chairman of the Mejilis of the Crimean Tatar there continues further increase of repression and abuse of rights of Tatar in the Crimea. Only during the last week, occupational authorities conducted about 40 searches on the homes of people.
‘Formal explanation is search for banned literature and weapons. The soviet term is being reborn. The ‘exclusion list’ includes about 2,600 names of political and religious literature. Such actions are aimed at fighting against dissent and are intended to intimidate the Crimean Tatars’. M.Dzemilev underlined that such searches are conducted brazenly, with rudeness and use of physical force.