Head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov Oct 14 held the first meeting with a contact group, which was created to investigate the issues of missing of people in Crimea. The meeting was also attended by head of Investigative Committee of Russian Federation in Crimea Bogdan Frantsyshko.

The contact group was represented by relatives of those, who went missing in Crimea in recent months, among them Abdureshit Dzhepparov, Elvira Zinedinova, Emil Kurbedinov, Edem Semedlyaev, Nariman Asanov and the head of the group Mammet Mambetov.

According to Bogdan Frantsyshko, 3 criminal cases have already been open on missing of people in Crimea, [Article 105 of Russia’s Criminal Code -- a murder-- and Article 126 -- abduction]. All the cases are investigated by the Committee’s office for the investigation of particularly important cases.

At least 5 Crimean Tatars have been abducted or have disappeared in recent months in Crimea.

23-year-old Eskender Apselamov was kidnapped on the night of October 3rd as he was on his way to work in the Crimea capital Simferopol. He has not been heard of since.

The latest incident comes after two Crimean Tatars Islam Dzhepparov, 19, and Dzhevdet Islamov, 23, from the city of Belogorsk were seized on September 27 by a group of unknown men in military uniform.

25-year-old Crimean Tatar, Edem Asanov, has been found dead in an abandoned sanatorium in Yevpatoria, a week after he disappeared on Sept 29.

In March, Crimean Tatar activist Reshat Ametov was also seized by unknown men and was later found dead.