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There are 175 political prisoners in Russian prisons

Aug 12, 2023

175 political prisoners are held in the prisons of the Russian Federation, of which 117 are representatives of the Crimean Tatar people. In 6 months of 2023, 101 detentions were recorded, of which 66 were of indigenous people. This was announced by the head of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center (KRC) Eskender Bariev on the air of the FREEDOM TV channel, reports Ukrinform.


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"There are currently 175 people, political prisoners, in places of detention. Of them, 117 are representatives of the Crimean Tatar people. This is the "democracy" of the occupiers, said Bariev.

He also noted that every year in the Russian Federation new and new tools are invented to persecute people.

"Until 2022, they unlawfully applied their legislation regarding the prohibition of the organization Hizb ut-Tahrir or Jehovah's Witnesses, and already in 2022, a new tool appeared: the court of the Russian Federation issued a decision recognizing the battalion named after Noman Chelebidzhikhan as a terrorist organization. In addition, new articles appeared - discrediting the armed forces of the Russian Federation, both in the Administrative Code and in the Criminal Code. And there are already cases when people are prosecuted precisely following this article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation," emphasized the head of the CRTC.
"Hundreds of people are prosecuted under the Administrative Code, fined, arrested for several days, and forced to apologize publicly. There are lists of prohibited topics, prohibited literature, and prohibited songs. This is the kind of "democracy" the Russian occupiers brought to Crimea," he noted.

According to Bariyev, since 2015, the Russian occupiers have been trying to ban the symbols of the Crimean Tatar people. And the vast majority of arrests and detentions in Crimea are carried out against indigenous people. In 6 months of 2023, human rights defenders recorded 101 detentions, of which 66 were of Crimean Tatars.

"In only 6 months of 2023, 101 detentions were recorded, of which 66 were of indigenous people. There were 37 searches, of which 29 were in the homes of Crimean Tatars. We recorded 140 cases of arrests. Of them - 93 about the Crimean Tatar people. The occupiers conducted 106 interrogations, 73 - regarding the Crimean Tatars," he said.

Also, according to Bariyev, human rights defenders recorded 156 cases of violation of the human right to a fair trial in half a year, of which 103 were related to the Crimean Tatars.

It was previously reported that after the de-occupation of Crimea, all political prisoners will be released without a review of their cases.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 12/08/2023

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