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 Mock trial of Ahtem Chiygoz and two other Crimean Tatar activists to be held in Russian-occupied Crimea, - Chubarov

The mock trial of Ahtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov, and Mustafa Degermendzhy set in motion in occupied Crimea today is a cynical affront to the international law and the international community.

Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, President of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars Refat Chubarov wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

The statement reads: "Dec. 28, 2015, the Russian invaders began a mock trial of Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz, activists of the Crimean Tatar national movement Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy in Simferopol.

"The cynicism of another crime committed against human rights in Crimea involves unhindered reprisals by the Russian state occupying Crimea against the citizens of Ukraine, the Crimean Tatars who came out for their homeland - Crimea, and the preservation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Ukrainian state.

"Ahtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy together with more than ten thousand citizens of Ukraine - Crimean Tatars and Crimean residents of other nationalities - took part in a peaceful rally organized by the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people outside the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Feb. 26, 2014.

"That day, the participants of the mass peaceful rally managed to disrupt the session of the Crimean Parliament convened by its authorities, who were completely controlled by the Russian secret agents illegally staying in Crimea by that time. Thus, the scenario to provide cover for the criminal plan to invade Crimea, which was carefully planned by Russia's military-political leadership, and create the illusion of the "legality" of its annexation from Ukraine in the international community was disrupted.

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"The participants of the peaceful rally went back to their homes Feb. 26, 2014 in the evening when it became obvious that the extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which had yielded to the dictate of the Russian FSB, would not be held. The building of the Parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was taken under protection by the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine.

"However, as it became known later, the regime of increased security of the building of the Crimean parliament was canceled by the order of senior officials of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in Crimea on the night of Feb. 26, 2014 and the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea was captured by the armed men wearing masks and uniforms without insignia Feb. 27, 2014 at about 4 a.m. The Russian Federation represented by Putin and heads of law enforcement agencies first gave an outright denial that the armed men were soldiers of the Russian army but later publicly acknowledged that.

"The members of the Russian security agencies openly using threats, blackmail, and bribes had gathered less than 40 lawmakers out of 100 in the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea. In this case, each of them was subjected to a humiliating procedure of personal search at the entrance to the building, during which their mobile phones, tablets, and cameras were confiscated.

"The 'decisions' that were passed off to the public as an expression of the will of the MPs of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea started to be churned out failing the quorum, against the background of ban on journalists' stay in the session hall and without broadcasting the session but at Russian troops' gunpoint.

"Simultaneously with the capture of the buildings of the Verkhovna Rada and the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the Russian troops and military equipment were redeployed to the peninsula's strategic facilities and interchanges from the territories of the military bases of the Russian Black Sea Fleet located in Crimea under a contract between Ukraine and Russia. An open landing of the special forces detachments of the Russian armed forces from the Russian mainland, which was carried out by warships and transport planes, began in Crimea soon after. Thus, Russia began the armed invasion of the territory of Ukraine and the occupation of Crimea.

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"The mock trial set in motion in occupied Crimea today against Ahtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov, and Mustafa Degermendzhy, who had been fulfilling their constitutional duty to protect their country through peaceful and nonviolent means, was a flagrant violation of the international law, the Charter of the United Nations, cynical affront to the international community, and deviation from the international law by the Russian Federation.

"If we follow the criminal logic of the Russian legal system, the acts incriminated to Ahtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov, and Mustafa Degermendzhy punished by the Article 212 (riotous disturbances) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, can be also equally applied to the leaders and heads of 100 countries - members of the United Nations Organization, who have supported Ukraine's territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, including Crimea and condemned the illegal actions of Russia in Crimea.

"The life and health of Ahtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov, Mustafa Degermendzhy as well as other political prisoners, residents of Crimea, including Hennadii Afanasiev, Rustem Vaitov, Ruslan Zeitullaiev, Yurii Ilchenko, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Oleksandr Kostenko, Nuri Primova, Ferata Saifullaieva, Oleh Sentsov, Oleksii Chyrnii are under threat.

"We urge international and human rights organizations, governments of the UN-member states to make the necessary efforts in order to stop the arbitrariness of the Russian invaders and protect human rights in Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia on the day of initiation of the infamous Russian mock trial of courageous sons of the Crimean Tatar people - the indigenous people of Crimea."

 
 
 
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