The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people condemned the disinformation spread by the Russian media that a suspect in the massacre of students at the Kerch Polytechnic College allegedly "looks like a Tatar."
A statement by the representative body of the Crimean Tatar people, which was published by the Head of the Mejlis Refat Chubarov, noted that the network publication Lenta.ru, controlled by the government of the Russian Federation, among others, hastened to spread the information about a “23-years-old man, who looks like a Tatar.”
“Statement about the “Tatar” trail of the tragedy published by Lenta.ru was instantly reprinted by hundreds of other Russian media outlets, suggests readiness of the Russian invaders to embark on new repressions and persecutions against the Crimean Tatar people in the temporarily occupied Crimea.”
Only a few hours after the tragedy, the Investigative Committee of Russia, which had completely centralized the investigation into the explosion at the Polytechnic College of Kerch on itself, announced the name of the shooter. He turned out to be a 4th year student of the abovementioned college Vladislav Roslyakov.
On behalf of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Chubarov expressed condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured as a result of this tragedy.
“The blame and responsibility for the consequences of the tragedy are fully and entirely assigned to the Russian occupation authorities and the authorities of the Russian Federation - the state occupying the Crimea.”
The Lenta.ru edition at 14:23 published the news under the heading "Details about shooting in the Kerch technical school", where allegedly referring to law enforcement agencies it was reported about "a man suspected of involvement in the explosion in the Kerch technical school who seems to be 23 years old, he looks like a Tatar. "
The shooter in Kerch College turned out to be a supporter of the “DPR” and Putin, resident of Kerch Vladislav Roslyakov. The young man was very reserved, communicated with few people and "showed interest in maniacs." One of Roslyakov’s friends said that the guy “hated the technical school because of the evil teachers, he hinted that he would take revenge on them”.
Meanwhile, six victims in serious condition were evacuated to Simferopol. The press service of the so-called "Ministry of Health" of Crimea stressed that 9 ambulance crews worked at the site of the explosion.
As a result of the massacre at Kerch College, 18 people died.
The director of the Kerch Polytechnic College, Olga Grebennikova, called the explosion in an educational institution a terrorist act comparing it with the events in Beslan.
In connection with the situation in Kerch, the staff of the State Border Service of Ukraine increased security at the administrative border with the Crimea.