Russia`s FSB Security Service operatives on March 15 detained a Crimean Tatar Emil Mukhteremov in the town of Feodosia in the occupied Crimea, then took him to deserted area and forced him to dig a ”grave,” threatening to bury him there, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Ukrainian MP Refat Chubarov posted on Facebook.
”Today, the FSB operatives detained Crimean Tatar Emil Mukhteremov in Feodosia and took him to the local FSB office, where he managed to make a call to his friend and inform of his whereabouts. Shortly, they took Mukhteremov to a field near Zybino village, Ichkinsky (Sovetsky) district, forcing him to dig a grave, threatening to bury him there. Then the FSB operatives left, leaving Emil in the said location,” Chubarov wrote Wednesday.
Earlier, the occupation authorities had not ceased repression against pro-Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar activists since the Crimea annexation. 17 people are reported missing, 12 have been killed, and 39 are being kept behind bars as political prisoners, 10 of whom have already been convicted.
According to the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev, nearly 20,000 Crimean Tatars have left Crimea since the beginning of the occupation.
”Different conditions are created for the Tatars to leave the peninsula themselves. Immediately after the occupation, there were fears that the Crimean Tatars would be deported once again, as there were all the prerequisites. But this did not happen,” Dzhemilev said.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has officially announced February 20, 2014 the date of the beginning of the temporary occupation by Russia of Crimea and Sevastopol.