The Kremlin continues to resort to punitive psychiatry against dissents, like in Soviet times, and increases its military potential in the annexed Crimea, said the US representative Daniel Bayer drawing attention to the occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula at the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, according to Ukrinform.
“Russia is increasing its military presence in the region, restoring the Ukrainian and Soviet military infrastructure, like the "Dnepr" radar, expanding the bases and deploying more military on the Ukrainian land,” said Bayer, focusing on the fact that these actions are take place without the consent of Ukraine thereby violatie its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
US are deeply concerned by the recent human rights abuses in Crimea as well. In particular by the use of Soviet methods against another six Crimean Tatars, who were sent to a forced psychiatric examination for their protests against the Russian annexation.
“When in August this disturbing practice was used against the Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov, this act of insulting tyranny recalled the practice of the Soviet era. We call on Russia to stop practicing punitive psychiatry.”
In concluding his statement the US representative to the OSCE stressed that sanctions against Russia will not be lifted until the very end to the illegal annexation of the peninsula.
Previously QHA reported that November 3, one of the defendants of the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov - Vadim Siruk - was handed the decision of the FSB investigation on compulsory stationary psychiatric examination.
February 11, 2016, a wave of searches in the homes of the Crimean Tatars started in Crimea. Eight of the twelve detainees were released. Emir Usein Kuku, Vadim Siruk, Enver Bakirov and Muslim Aliyev remain in custody. All of them were socially active citizens. In particular, prior to the detention, Emir Usein Kuku conducted the work to protect the victims of harassment collecting information about the missing and detained Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians in the occupied peninsula.
Refat Alimov and Arsen Dzhepparov were arrested by the security forces on April 18, 2016.
The so-called case of "Hizb ut-Tahrir" has become the hallmark of the FSB struggle against Muslim dissidents in Crimea. The security forces break into the houses, conducted illegal searches and detentions under the pretext of suspicion of terrorism and calling their repressive operations combating extremism.