Russia is continuing to persecute and kidnap Crimean Tatars in Crimea. In an interview with Radio Svoboda, Nariman Jelyal, First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, said there are about a dozen people in Crimea who have gone missing due to their social stance.

“It is rather hard to establish the reason why people disappear or how many of them get kidnapped or go missing. Police are doing nothing to help us and keep offering all kinds of different reasons why this happens. One should also differentiate between those going missing and being unaccounted for political reasons,” Jelyalov said.

According to Jelyal, Crimean Tatars, Muslims and civil activists ‘are at particular risk of being kidnapped’. Jelyal also said that relatives of the people who went missing are afraid of contacting human rights groups.