Situation with the respect for the rights of Crimean Tatar people continued to be tense, Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany stated.

The number of political prisoners is growing, he said.

The Head of the German Foreign Ministry also pointed out that Germany strongly condemned the actions of the Russian Federation and would never recognize Crimea as Russian territory. Earlier, Ukrainian human rights activists urged Gabriel to help to ensure that Ukrainian doctors were able to get access to political prisoners.

Previously, in connection with large-scale repression against the Crimean Tatars, Amnesty International launched a flash mob for the liberation of Emir-Usein Kuku, Crimean Tatar human rights activist.

Reference: December 4, at 9 am (Kyiv time) Rostov District Military Court is holding an off-site meeting in the premises of the Crimean garrison court. Request for a change of the preventive measure for the human rights activist as well as the issue of his remaining in detention for several more months is to be considered.

Earlier, Fatima Ismailova, the wife of Rustem Ismailov, defendant in the well-known case of the "Simferopol Five", met with her husband in the pre-trial detention facility of Simferopol.

October 12, 2016 in the outskirts of Simferopol, the FSB officers searched the homes of Emil Dzhemadenov, Aider Sabedinov, Uzeir Abdullayev, Teimur Abdullayev and Rustem Ismailov, all Crimean Tatars. All of them were detained on suspicion of participation in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization, recognized as terrorist in the Russian Federation.