Russian attorney Nikolay Polozov told Krym.Realii, Censor.NET reports.
"Not just "supporters of an idea," but "Crimean Tatars." That is definitely chauvinism. That is definitely continuation of the repressive policy, racial discrimination against Crimean Tatars," Polozov said.
He added that regardless of mitigating circumstances, the so-called prosecutor "asked for a restraint measure close to maximum."
"The article that Chiygoz is charged with stipulates for four to 10 years [in prison - ed.]. She asked for eight years in prison," Polozov said.
As reported by Krym.Realii, "prosecutor Anastasiya Supryaga was speaking discriminatory language against Crimean Tatars. She never mentioned the ethnicity of the other side of the conflict."
On Aug. 2, 2016 Russian-controlled Supreme Court of Crimea started to consider materially "the case of Feb. 26" against Akhtem Chiygoz. Earlier, on July 20, 2016, during hearing in camera, the court divided "the case of Feb. 26" into two separate cases: one against Akhtem Chiygoz and another against the rest of the defendants.
After Crimea was occupied by Russia, Kremlin puppets started trials against Crimean Tatar activists who participated in protests in support of Ukraine's territorial integrity. The events took place on Feb. 26, 2014. According to occupant authorities, two protesters were killed in a stampede, 79 people received injuries. Those detained in connection with the case - Akhtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov, and Mustafa Degermendzhy - were named political prisoners by Russian Memorial human rights center.
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