Young Tatars go missing in Crimea



Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina

On Monday, the body of 25-year-old Crimean Tatar Edem Asanov, who went missing at the end of September, was found in Crimea. As has been reported earlier, Asanov, who worked in construction, vanished at the end of September. That day he was seen at the bus station in Yevpatoriya. That was the last time. Asanov’s body is currently at the local morgue. Journalist Amina Sayfulinova provided the information by phone to Radio Liberty from Crimea.

As has become established, the body of Edem Asanov, who had gone missing, was found in an abandoned sanatorium building in Yevpatoriya. There are no details as to whether his death was a result of violence. However, it is known that he was seen for the last time on September 29. After this, all communication with him was lost. His family says that the 25-year-old was a person who liked to avoid conflict. He was not an activist or a civil worker. Asanov will be buried on Tuesday in his home in Saky.

Journalists report that another 4 people have gone missing in Crimea in the past few weeks. Do you know any details about these people? 

The fate of these people is currently unknown. They are mostly regular citizens, not activists or other well-known individuals in Crimean Tatar society. Two of them are relatives of an activist. The missing people are mostly male between 25 and 30 years of age. Why do they go missing? Nobody can explain it at the moment.

Law enforcement claim they are carrying out all necessary investigations, yet neither the families nor the journalists are able to receive any information. What is more, on October 4 the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev said the Russian government was doing this to intimidate the Crimean Tatar community and, by means of repression, make them leave the peninsula, as they are the part of the population which does not bow to the Russian government and continues to oppose it on the annexed peninsula.

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina

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