The aim of the searches, questionings and prosecutions by the Russian authorities and Security Services in Crimea is to force the Crimean Tatars out of the peninsula, the press service of the Ukraine’s Presidential Commissioner on the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar People reported on Facebook.

- The sole purpose - to intimidate, to make people silent. There is also the second goal - to make the Crimean Tatars leave Crimea. As well as in Stalin's time, they want to see such a pure ethnic Russian Crimea, reported the press service citing Mustafa Dzhemilev.

According to Mustafa Aga, the FSB criminal case against the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Ilmi Umerov is unfounded and does not comply with the law.

- The occupiers have a fear of the Crimean Tatars and they do not comply with any rules and laws. It is absurd to charge Ilmi Umerov with calls to encroach on the Russia’s territorial integrity. He was just voicing his point of view as a citizen of Ukraine, and the son of his people. And our people has not recognized this occupation, said Dzhemilev.

Dzhemilev also reminded that the world as well does not recognize the Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

It was reported earlier that FSS officers arrested Mejlis Deputy Chairman Ilmi Umerov and took him to Simferopol’s FSS branch. Ilmi Umerov’s lawyer Emil Kurbedinov and Mejlis First Deputy Chairman Nariman Jelyal immediately heads for Simferopol as well.

The investigator of the FSB department gave Ilmi Umerov on bail and sent detectives to search his house. T

he prosecutor's office of the ARC has studied the procedural decision of the investigative department of FSB and Ilmi Umerov suspects "in the commission of public appeals and actions aimed at changing the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation."