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 Russian “law enforces” raided home of journalist for ‘Crimean Tatars’ online portal operating in Russian-occupied Crimea. PHOTO

Members of the Russian special services searched the house of journalist for ‘Crimean Tatars’ web portal Elmaz Abduvelieva in Crimea on the morning of Sept. 2.

Crimean journalist, social activist Lilia Budzhurova wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"The armed operatives broke the door and rushed into the house of journalist for 'Crimean Tatars' web portal Elmaz Abduvelieva on 1 Elevatorna Str. in Simferopol. They immediately started executing search without showing either a search warrant or providing explanations," she wrote.

Read more: UK urges Russia to release Ilmi Umerov and return Crimea to Ukraine

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Elmaz Abduvelieva

As reported by Krym.Realii, 'Crimean Tatars' internet site became operational in Crimea in early August. The web portal is about the culture, traditions, language, and history of the Crimean Tatars.

See more: "They embrace their grandfather through bars and kiss his hands", - occupants did not let grandchildren to Umerov. PHOTO

Several media were closed on the peninsula April 1, 2015 including Crimean Tatar ATR Media Holding (ATR and Lale TV channels) and Radio Meidan. The United States, European Union, OSCE, Amnesty International condemned this step by the Russian authorities calling it the further persecution of the Crimean Tatars on the peninsula.

Earlier, Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, which was banned in April, is facing prosecution for reportedly saying during an interview earlier this year that "Russia must be forced to leave Crimea and Donbas." Earlier this month a court ordered Umerov to undergo psychiatric testing and he was subsequently committed to Simferopol's Psychiatric Hospital No. 1 for a 28-day period.

Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's human rights committee, Ignacio Sanchez Amor declared Aug. 27 that the forced commitment of Ilmi Umerov to a psychiatric clinic represents a worrying new low in Russia's stigmatization of the Crimean Tatar community and should be immediately reversed.

Read more: OSCE calls for release of Crimean Tatar leader Umerov

As reported, lawyers of deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, who is under investigation in occupied Crimea, will appeal to the European Committee against Tortures in Strasbourg about FSB's actions against the suspect.


 
 
 
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