In his interview with Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Jemilev said that the Kremlin was trying to blackmail him by the fate of his son Hayser.

“Russia sentenced him to 3.5 years in prison, and he was immediately taken to the prison in Astrakhan from Crimea. Then I heard that Putin wanted to meet me, and if the conversation had been "productive", they would open the way to homeland for me, and my son would be immediately released,” he said.

Mustafa Jemilev said in response that he would not talk to people who had taken his son hostage.

“Russian politician Grigory Yavlinsky said that Putin is able to act only in two ways, he used during his work in the security services: either he recruits, or conducts special-forces raids against those he failed to recruit. In my case, this rule worked. They persecute me, as they could not recruit me,” said Jemilev.

Mustafa Jemilev also reminded that the Kremlin not only holds his son hostage, but also about 18 activists. More than 20 people have been kidnapped.