The Russian government is looking for victims among the indigenous people of the annexed Crimea - Crimean Tatars - and will increase the number of prisoners on the peninsula, Refat Chubarov, Head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people said in his interview to Ukrinform.

According to him, the Kremlin appointees will declare the detained Crimean Tatars extremists belonging to the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization and will hold a show trial, "to sell to the West a new hybrid form of their actions in Crimea" and intimidate the Crimean people.

“According to the data we have received from various independent, including international sources, occupants will increase the number of prisoners, whom they accuse of belonging to an alleged Hizb ut-Tahrir extremist organization. It doesn’t matter there are hardly any Hizb ut-Tahrir members in Crimea, much less that the Hizb ut-Tahrir extremist organization ever existed in Crimea. But the invaders want to get a certain number of people, probably 30 to 35, and hold a show trial to deceive the Western countries saying that they oppose in Crimea neither Crimean Tatars nor Muslims, but Muslim extremists,” Chubarov said.

The Head of the Mejlis believes that Russia tries to ague its presence in the Ukrainian Crimea for the West through the repression of Crimeans.

“They will try to sell to the West a new hybrid form of their actions in Crimea. Allegedly, why do you criticize us, why impose sanctions? After all, we are fighting the extremists, like we fought with you against in Syria,” said Chubarov.

According to Refat Chubarov, the second objective of the increased repression against the Crimean Tatar people is the maximum intimidation and suppression of the Crimean Tatars.

“They are trying to oust the Crimean Tatars, in every possible way,” he said.

It was reported earlier that the security forces searched the house of the Crimean Tatar Smail Mustafayev in the village of Krasnyi Mak of Bakhchisaray district on June 5. They were interested in his links to the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization. The detainee was taken to the Northern branch of Sevastopol police on suspicion of illegal deforestation. Later, he was released on bail, according to the First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Nariman Jelal.

A total of 12 Muslims accused of belonging to the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization are currently being held in custody in Crimea.

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