The Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev compared the repression of the Russian occupation regime in the Crimea with the repression carried out by the Soviet authorities.


According to him, if so-called "troikas" (extrajudicial executions) were practiced in the USSR, now people in the Crimea simply disappear. And the most terrible thing is that the Crimean "authorities" do not conceal their involvement in these murders. The facts were also recorded, when the security forces, aiming to break people during the interrogation, threatened them with the possible "disappearance" of their children.

Mustafa Dzhemilev spoke on the matter during the discussion dedicated to the International Human Rights Day, which took place on December 12 in the "American House", QHA correspondent reports.

"Searches were conducted in Soviet times as well, but there was a kind of procedure when they came to your house and said:" We have information that you are keeping anti-Soviet literature or literature discrediting the Soviet system. We ask you to give it away voluntarily otherwise we will conduct a search." Then they showed some order of a judge or prosecutor, but now they don’t. The security forces break into the houses without any orders, put the men on the floor their faces down. Even if the doors are open, they prefer to break the fence or the door and put children and women face to the wall," he said.

According to the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for Crimean Tatar people, the FSB is looking for weapons or prohibited literature in the houses of the Crimean Tatars on allegedly received information. Russia compiled a list of 3.5 thousand publications, the storage of which is considered a crime. During searches, law enforcement officers must confiscate computers and mobile phones that can not be returned to the owner.

The most blatant offense is the absence of protocols during illegal searches, when it is not known which law enforcement agencies conducted a search and which items were confiscated.

“Prosecutor's Office of the ARC on the mainland of Ukraine immediately initiates criminal cases against those involved in this lawlessness. Not recording their offenses, security forces cover up their crimes in this way. They do this in order to silence everyone or make them leave the Crimea. No one can give exact information about the number of searches, because so many people conceal this fact ... What can we say if the parents of a murdered or kidnapped child refuse to testify, saying: "We have a second child. And we were warned about him," Mustafa Dzhemilev said.

Also, according to the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, about 50 thousand people left the Crimea because of systemic repressions carried out by the occupation authorities. At the same time, about a million people from the Donbas, who fought against Ukraine, as well as ethnic Russians, were brought to the peninsula after annexation.

The Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War indicates that the occupation authorities are prohibited from applying their own legislation in the annexed territories. But, despite this, all Crimean political prisoners are being illegally tried under the Russian laws. Also, the Russian authorities have no right to take people out of the peninsula, but political prisoners are transferred to Siberia, Chechnya and other regions of the Russian Federation.

“Now the death rate has increased 1.7 times in the occupied Crimea due to poor medical services. Mortality from cardiovascular disease has doubled. The number of suicides also doubled. Based on this statistics, the Russian Federation forcibly changes the demographic situation, which refers to the category of war crimes. And I hope that the occupants will bear responsibility for this," Dzhemilev said.

Earlier, Yulia Kozdobina, Advisor to the Head of the Ministry of Information Policy noted that the department had developed the Strategy for Information Reintegration of the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula. The document is intended for the formation of the information policy of Ukraine in relation to the Crimea. Kozdobina stressed that de-occupation would not harm those "who were not involved in the crimes”.