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On the administrative border between the annexed Crimea and mainland Ukraine at the checkpoint Chongar today, on November 15, Russian security forces detained the Crimean Tatar, political scientist Lenora Dulber.

Head of the CEC of Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people Zair Smedlya informed about the detention on his Facebook page.

The public association Crimean Solidarity noted that security forces held a "conversation" with Lenora Dulber.

“It is important to note that when crossing Russian checkpoints such arrests with “conversations” turned into a “standard procedure” for activists, lawyers, journalists and public figures.”

After some time, Lenora Dulber was released and went home.

After that, the FSB officers detained the First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Nariman Dzhelyalov, as well as two of the delegates of the Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people Lemmar Yunusov and Mustafa Asab.

Zair Smedlya reported that they were also taken for a "conversation".

The Head of the CEC of Qurultay wrote that, as of 12:50, Mustafa Asab was released, and Lemmar Yunusov and Nariman Dzhelyalov are still being held.

As of 13:20 Lemmar Yunusov was also released. Nariman Dzhelyalov was further kept by the FSB.

By 2 pm, according to Zair Smedley, all the detainees at the checkpoint were released after the "heart piercing conversations."
 
On November 12, the Conference of delegates of the Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people was held in Kyiv, which brought together 76 delegates, including those from the occupied Crimea.

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, reported that the occupying authorities may prevent the departure of delegates to mainland Ukraine to attend the Conference.
In particular, Dzhemilev cited the example of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars in 2015, when the occupation authorities also interfered with this.

QHA