Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under Kiev Patriarchate Clement visited the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov on August 24, the Ukraine’s Independence Day. The priest’s video message was posted by Ilmi Umerov’s daughter Ayshe on her Facebook page.

“I do not see politics that I have the opportunity to visit a sick person who just needs spiritual and human help. I just want to support the person, who supported me at one time. I have just come to a human being, a close person I want to render help. Just to stay close, when it is difficult,” the archbishop said.

Ayshe Umerova thanked the Crimean Archbishop for his position and support, and noted that he should be an example for Muslim religious leaders in Crimea.

“Today, Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea Clement visited Ilmi Umerov in hospital. He came to support his old friend and respected man. After all, the conscience and humanity has no boundaries - either religious or political – one has conscience or has not it at all.

Thank you very much! For your position! For your humanity!

He sets an example to the Crimean Muslim religious leaders, who have forgotten everything - conscience, honor, humanity - for the sake of their personal benefit and peace of mind, and they haven't said a word for our political prisoners during all this time,” Ayshe Umerova wrote.

It was reported earlier that the health of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov – transported to the Simferopol mental hospital for a compulsory forensic examination - deteriorated sharply on August 21. He lost consciousness, presumably due to the aggravation of hypertensive crisis.

As QHA reported earlier, the case against the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov was launched at the request of the so-called Public Prosecutor’s Office of Crimea. The prosecution alleges that in March 2016, Umerov being in the territory of Ukraine, publicly called on "violation of the territorial integrity of Russia" during his speech at the ATR TV Channel.

Ilmi Umerov started feeling sick at the hearing in the city of Simferopol on August 11. He was hospitalized with heart attack risk.

August 18, FSB officers - before the entry of the court decision into force - illegally transferred Umerov from the hospital to a psychiatric clinic, taking away vital medication and allowing him to see his family in a strictly specified time.