In the occupied Crimea in Simferopol, the security forces conducted mass detentions of Crimean Tatars in the evening of May 17, the human rights organization Crimean Solidarity reported on Facebook.

Lawyer Edem Semedlyaev noted that Crimean Tatars were detained for allegedly unauthorized rally. All of them took part in the action "Light a spark in your heart", timed to the 74th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people.

“Attended the prayer in Ak Mechet and saw the police blocking the central street, then learned that about ten guys from the Crimean Tatars were detained allegedly for an unsanctioned rally and were sent to the Central police station on Futbolistov Street," he reported.

According to preliminary information, about 15 people were detained.

“In the Central Department, one detainee was released, after making explanations, and after his fingerprints were taken. In the Zheleznodorozhny district police station there are about five detainees, among them was one underaged. Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov managed to enter the police building together with the mother of one of the detainees,” Crimean Solidarity reports.

In the Kremlin-controlled Zheleznodorozhny district police station, all the detainees were released, after samples of DNA and fingerprints were taken from them.

“There are four detainees in the Kyiv District department, among them is one underaged. His mother is not allowed to see him," human rights activists note.

Later, 4 people were released from the Kyiv Destrict Police Department, and another 5 from the Central District Department.

One detainee was not released. He is charged with disobeying the “lawful” order of a police officer.

At the moment the Kremlin-controlled Central District Court of Simferopol is holding a meeting on the case of one of the detained Crimean Tatars. The "trial" began at 9 am.

Earlier QHA reported that on April 26 in the occupied Crimea in Bilohirsk, security officials came with searches in the network of shops "Guzel" and the firm "KrymOpt." They also searched the houses of Velilyaev family members - Remzi, Resul, Ekrem, Zera and Rustem. Velilyaevs are businessmen known in the Crimea, patrons and founders of the Bekir Çoban-zade Charitable Foundation. The security officials also came to search the houses of Ali and Asan Bariev.  

After the searches, Resul Velilyaev was detained and taken out of the Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention center.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called searches in Crimea as discrimination of the Crimean Tatars. The speaker of the ministry Mariana Betsa stated that official Kyiv will transfer the evidence of the crimes of the Russian Federation to the international courts.