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 Terror and searches back in Crimea, as "authorities" seek ties with power blockade case

Chairman of the Central Election Commission of the Crimean Tatar Kurultai Zair Smedliaiev says the searches of the chairmen of regional Mejlis and activists in the occupied Crimea are possibly connected with the criminal case on the blasting of power pylons in the Kherson region.

He said this on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel when asked why the FSB was conducting searches of activists of the Crimean Tatar people in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and what accusations were made against Chairman of the Sudak regional Mejlis Ilver Ametov, Censor.NET reports.

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He underlined a "peculiar cynicism" of the search at Ametov's place as he is currently staying in Sudak city hospital.

"He's got burns and been taken to hospital while a search is conducted at his home. What would they plant or seize can only be guessed," Smedliaiev said.

According to him, the searches are "allegedly due to the blasting of power pylons, police is trying to reveal some connection."

"I can assure you that none of the local regional Mejlis has ever kept any explosives as the Crimean Tatar national movement has always stuck to non-violence philosophy," Smedliaiev stressed and said the "intimidation" would continue.

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"In my view, the incident with the pillars can involve those trying to discredit both the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and the Crimean Tatar national movement," Smedliaiev resumed.
 
 
 
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