A wave of searches has hit the houses of the Crimean Tatars since February. The occupation authorities explain they suspect Crimean Tatars of belonging to the "extremist groups."

- Three cars and two GAZelles came to a house of Midar Isaev in Krasnoperekopskiy district, Novoivanovka village, Smolensk St., 17. Now, people in masks and with guns are conducting a search, Zair Smedlyaev, Head of the Kuruktai CEC, reported on Facebook .

The international observers have registered in Crimea the numerous examples of human rights violations, lack of freedom of speech and expression, as well as surveillance and pressure on everyone who disagrees with the current occupation regime.

A recent example - an unprecedented wave of repressions on ethnic and religious grounds in February and March 2016: mass searches, followed by Crimean Tatars being detained. So, February 11, 2016, 12 houses of the Crimean residents were searched. In 2014, 8 Muslims were convicted of involvement in the organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir" and have been placed on remand in prison in the city of Simferopol.

Last week, a search was conducted at the house of the Kurultai spokesman Remzi Muratova in the village of Dmitrovka, Dzhankoi region, Crimea. The search lasted three hours - from 8 to 11 a.m.

The Russia’s Special Police Forces also came with a search warrant to a Kurultai spokesman Shevket Usmanov in the village of Veseloe, Sudak district. This day, Usmanov was in Kiev and his sons and wife Ilmira, who stayed at home, were watching the house being searched.

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