Two Crimean Tatars have been detained following a search in the Crimean village of Krasnokamenka (Yalta region), reported Zair Smerdlyayev, Head of the Qurultai of Crimean Tatars.

“Searches and arrests again. Two more have been arrested in the village of Kyzyltash (Krasnokamenka) following a search,” Smedlyayev wrote on his Facebook page.

Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov confirmed the report.

“Searches in Krasnokamenka. The same village where Inver Bekirov was arrested. According to our information, two men there have been arrested,” wrote Kurbedinov.

It was reported earlier that 35 Crimean Tatars were detained by armed men in the village of Pionerskoye of the Simferopol district on April 1, 2016. After being taken to the anti-extremism center for the so-called ‘preventative talk’, all of the men had their fingerprints, DNA samples and photographs taken, following which they were interrogated.

On April 11, 2016, searches and arrests were conducted in the homes of 12 Crimean Tatars. Since 2014, Eight Muslims charged with membership in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization have been held in a pre-trial detention center in Simferopol.  

International observers have been recording a huge number of human rights abuses, as well as lack of freedom of speech and expression in Crimea. They have also been reporting opponents of the occupation regime being put under surveillance and applied pressure against.