The national police of Ukraine has opened 15 criminal cases on grounds of illegal deprivation of freedom or deliberate killing of 14 people missing in the annexed Crimea.
“11 cases were opened for deliberate killing, 4 more cases for illegal deprivation of freedom or kidnapping,” said the police officials.
Valery Vashchuk and Ivan Bondarets, natives of Rovno, who were then in Crimea, have been searched for since 2014, as well as Vasily Chernysh from Sevastopol. According to one version, the man left Crimea for the ATO zone and stopped getting in touch; however, Crimean activists told us that he had been allegedly taken from his apartment in Sevastopol by people in police uniform.
The Prosecutor’s Office of Kherson region also searches for Timur Shaymardanov and Seyran Zinedinov, and the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea searches for Isliam Dzhepparov and Dzhevdet Isliamov.
Police opened proceedings on missing Jeskander Apseliamov, Fedir Kostenko, Ruslan Ganiev and Arlen Terekhov in 2015. In turn, the Prosecutor’s Office investigates forced disappearance of Mukhtar Arislanov.
In 2016 police launched an investigation on disappearance of Lemar Aliardinov, and the Prosecutor’s Office — of Erwin Ibragimov.
As reported by activists of the Crimean Human Rights Group, nine cases, which could be regarded as enforced disappearances, have been recorded on the occupied peninsula.