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Occupiers kidnapped human rights activist Dzhepparov in Crimea

Apr 26, 2023

In his evening address on Tuesday, April 25, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reacted to the abduction of Crimean Tatar human rights activist Abdureshit Dzhepparov by Russian occupiers in occupied Crimea.


The Head of State said that the Russian occupiers had broken into Dzhepparov's house, and his whereabouts are unknown.

"This is another example of Russian repressions against the indigenous people of Crimea, against all our people. There are thousands and thousands of such examples during the aggression both in Crimea and in our other regions occupied by Russia," Zelenskyy said.

The President emphasized that no one can feel safe until the aggressor is defeated.

"Russia must lose. The world cannot have any other goal. Because everything else is a loss of life, a loss of law, a loss of the world itself," he said.

Earlier, Ukrainian Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets said that Abdureshit Dzhepparov was detained after a search of his house in Bilohirsk in occupied Crimea. Russian security forces broke into his house on the morning of April 25, took away the phones of everyone who was at home, did not allow them to call a lawyer and took the human rights activist to an unknown destination.

In the evening of April 25, Graty reported that Dzhepparov was in the occupiers' "isolation center" in Simferopol, accused of "disobedience to police".

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 26/04/2023

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