The Crimean Directorate of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia has charged Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar people Mejlis Ilmi Umerov. He is accused of “public calls for actions aiming at violating the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation”.
The Press Service of the FSB said that the defendant had reviewed the order and withheld evidence, invoking Article 51 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation. This article stipulates that no one shall be obliged to incriminate himself, his spouse and close relatives.
As previously reported, the FSB accused Umerov of “separatist remarks” during an ATR TV stream (Umerov allegedly stated that “it was necessary to force Russia to pull out of Crimea and Donbass”). Also Umerov is accused of his sayings on changes in the Constitution of Ukraine to grant the Crimean Tatar people a special status and Crimea the status of a national autonomy within Ukraine.
Umerov’s house was raided on May 12, 2016 and Umerov was presented by an investigator of the Crimean Office of the FSB of Russia a recognizance not to leave.