In connection with the verdict delivered against the Deputy Chair of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, as well as the upcoming meeting of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Russian President Vladimir Putin, on September 28 in Ankara, the Chairman of the Association of Culture and Mutual Aid of the Crimean Tatars in Ankara Mukremin Sahin, sent a letter of appeal to the Turkish guarantor, according to the official website of the Dernek.

Recalling that on September 27, the Kremlin-controlled Simferopol district court convicted Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, diabetes and heart failure, Sahin compared the court's decision with the death penalty to one of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people. Also, this decision has brought the cruelty of the Russian Federation from the moment of occupation to a completely new level.

In the appeal to the Turkish President, attention is focused on the fact that such actions of the aggressor country against the Crimean Tatars as ongoing searches, detentions, arrests, the ban of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, and the murder of representatives of the Crimean Tatars are aimed at genocide of the whole people.

Dear President,

The only way to stop all these crimes in the Crimea against our people and people who opposed the occupation, is to put an end to annexation. However, in the face of today's realities in international politics, we add even more years to those long 250 years of our patience. After all, we know that patience is the salvation of believers. You can ease our patience by expressing a desire to put an end to this during a meeting with the leaders of the Russian Federation.

Raise the matter of the courageous leaders of our people, such as Ilmi Umerov, Akhtem Chiygoz and Ervin Ibraimov on the agenda. Express your desire for the Russian Federation to end this repression. Then our people will have an occasion to look into tomorrow with hope.

Earlier, QHA reported that on September 27, the Kremlin-controlled Simferopol district court passed a verdict in the case of Ilmi Umerov and chose a preventive measure in the form of two years in an open prison.

Reference: On May 12, 2016, the FSB in Crimea initiated a criminal case against Ilmi Umerov under art. 280.1 for allegedly calling on the television channel ATR for actions that threaten the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.
Ilmi Umerov claims that the case against him was initiated on the basis of two phrases, pulled out of context and incorrectly translated, with adding the words he did not utter.
Lawyer Nikolai Polozov noted that, given the state of Ilmi Umerov’s health, the sentence of two years in a settlement colony is equival to a death sentence. He also said that the Russian authorities might take Ilmi Umerov to the territory of the Russian Federation to serve his sentence preventing the access to his relatives and lawyers.