The increasing pressure of occupiers in the Crimea on disloyal people aims to keep everyone in fear, the Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov wrote on his Facebook page.

“Arrest of the well-known businessman Resul Vlyalyaev, and his detention in Moscow Lefortovo, for "expired candy". Conviction of Sevastopol resident Igor Movenko for actual jail time, two years in the colony, for his pro-Ukrainian position. And, finally, the celebration of "Hidirlez" in Bakhchysarai, where all the people dependent on "power" were literally driven. In fact, the "holiday" was attended by a couple thousands of people (this is really not few). But the organizers announced 55,000 (fifty five thousand people)!!! The named figure is 2.5 times more than the population of Bakhchysarai!!! (Very similar to 126% in the elections),” he said.

According to him, in this way the occupiers "are trying to show a nice image in the horrors that occur in real life."

“Tens of thousands of people who left Crimea; thousands of searches, raids, arrests, detentions, abductions, torture and murders; hundreds of administrative and criminal cases; dozens of convicted and awaiting sentences; elimination of the media; pressure on lawyers; destruction of monuments of cultural heritage; violation of ecology norms... Everything that takes place in the Crimea shows the cowardice of the occupiers,” Umerov wrote.

He stressed that people should not be afraid of the Russians’ actions, they should be ignored, because the whole world knows what is happening, and the world is on the Ukrainian side.

“Do not be afraid of them, they should be ignored, do not participate in their holidays and elections. The world is on the Ukraine’ side. And the Crimea should be Crimean Tatar autonomy in the composition of Ukraine,” Umerov believes.

Earlier, Ilmi Umerov said that the strengthening of economic sanctions should force Russia to comply with the decision of the International Court of Justice, which was adopted a year ago, aimed at protecting the rights of ethnic minorities in the occupied Crimea.

According to him, Russia is resorting to the usual practice of ignoring decisions of both international organizations and international courts. At the same time, solidary international pressure and tightening of sanctions must ultimately force the aggressor country to reckon with the position of the international community.