Organization of mass events on February 26, 2014 outside the Verkhovna Rada of the ARC were assigned to Zaur Smirnov, the main witnesses for the prosecution Enver Arpatly said during the interrogation in the case against the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz, according to the journalist Anton Naumlyuk.
“He said that the organization of mass events and interaction with regional Mejlises were assigned to Zaur Smirnov, rather than to Ahtem Chiygoz. Now Smirnov is a Chairman of the State Committee. And Ruslan Balbec who is now a State Duma deputy, contacted the investigator Arpatly,” the journalist wrote.
The interrogation of Arpatly was carried out in a format of videoconference from Tatarstan, where the former Deputy "Head" of Alushta Administration currently resides.
Thus, the witness testimony fundamentally refutes the charges in the enough trumped-up case against Ahtem Chiygoz.