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Disappearances on the rise in occupied Crimea

Russian border guards searching Ukrainians at the foot crossing into occupied Crimea
Russian border guards searching Ukrainians at the foot crossing into occupied Crimea
Disappearances on the rise in occupied Crimea
Since the Anschluss, 18 Crimean Tatars have “disappeared,” three of them in the last week alone, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev told a meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe yesterday, a reflection of increasing oppression and growing illegality by the Russian occupiers.

Two youths, Isyam Dzhepparov and Dzhevdet Islyamov disappeared on September 27 from the village of Sary-Su in the Belgorod district, and a third Edem Asanov disappeared on his way to work in Yevpatoriya.

This wave of disappearances, only one of which has been solved by the discovery of a body, is only part of the oppression that the occupation authorities are inflicting on the Crimean Tatars, Dzhemilev said.  Also in the course of the last week, Russian siloviki conducted 40 searches in Crimean Tatar homes and institutions.

In some but not all cases, the Russian police have opened criminal cases and gone through the motions at least of conducting a search, but their lack of progress has provoked suspicions that the authorities themselves are involved in the disappearances of the Crimean Tatars.

Those suspicions have grown so strong that Sergey Aksyonov, who is the acting head of the Russian occupation, announced that he was creating a special “contact group” attached to the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea to deal with “the affairs of missing Crimean Tatars.”

But that announcement only underscores the extent of the problem and the failure of the authorities to respond to it in any meaningful way.  And it will certainly increase the number of Crimean Tatars who accept Dzhemilev’s earlier argument that Russia wants a Crimea without Crimean Tatars.

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