On the anniversary of the abduction of a member of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, member of the Bakhchysarai regional Mejlis Ervin Ibragimov, the eleventh campaign "Where is Ervin?" was held outside the Russian Embassy in Kyiv. Activists came to the event which had already become traditional, with plates writing the names of people missing in the occupied Crimea.
Several dozens of indifferent activists gathered at the rally. Among them was Gayana Yuksel, a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and director of the news agency QHA, who knew Ervin and his family well.
"Our family knew Ervin's father very well and especially his mother, who worked in Istanbul at the Society of culture and mutual aid of the Crimean Tatars. She was able to recreate the atmosphere of the Crimean home there, so everything was hospitable and support was felt. And she brought up her children, including Ervin, with the same spirit. He was a kind, active and sympathetic person, so his abduction caused a particular pain in the hearts of many Crimean Tatars," Yuksel said.
Over this year Ervin Ibragimov has become a symbol of all the missing Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, as well as the lawlessness and repression that are taking place now in the occupied Crimea. That is why the team "CrimeaSOS" in the person of the director Ahmed Sarykhalil and journalist Taras Ibragimov prepared a 10-minute documentary film "The Year Without Ervin" timed to the sad date.
"First of all, it is very important for us to go out in order to show Russia that we will not lag behind and we will speak about the disappearances. But, moreover, we go out to preserve the faith of the relatives of those missing, to keep believing that sooner or later they will return," CrimeaSOS activist Eugenia Andreyuk said.
Ervin's father Umer Ibragimov also spoke at the videoconference outside the walls of the Russian diplomatic mission. He thanked all those present for support, which is really important for him, because nobody is engaged in the case of disappearance of his son on the peninsula.
“I am very grateful for your support and understanding, you inspire faith in his return. We live in this hope. During the last 7 months, from the moment when the application was submitted to the police department of the Bakhchysarai region, no investigative actions have been taken. Now I do not know which doors to knock on,” Ibrahimov said.
It should be noted that the action "Where Ervin?" in support of the Crimean Tatar Ervin Ibragimov first took place on July 25 last year. Since then, it has been carried out monthly by activists of public organizations, Crimean Tatars and indifferent Ukrainians. They appeal to the Russian government with a question about the whereabouts of the missing Crimeans and demand an investigation into the disappearances.
Over 3 years of annexation, 43 people have been subjected to enforced disappearances. 17 of them were released, 19 were not found and are considered missing, 6 were found dead, 2 people were found in custodial settings and subsequently convicted in politically motivated criminal cases. Based on the analysis in 36 cases, facts were revealed indicating the involvement of the Russian Federation government agencies in the commission of these crimes. Mostly, these cases are not investigated by the Russian or Ukrainian authorities.
Reference: A year has passed since the disappearance of the 31-year-old Ervin Ibragimov, a member of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, an ex-deputy of the Bakhchysarai City Council, a member of the regional Mejlis. Ervin was abducted in Bakhchysarai on May 24, 2016 at about 11:00 pm.
On May 26, 2016, the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea launched a criminal investigation into the disappearance of Ervin Ibragimov.