Muslims mass detentions in Crimea

35 cafe visitors, which all are the Crimean Tatars, have been detained by masked armed men in the village of Pionerskoe near Simferopol.

As reported by the Crimean lawyer Emile Kurbedinov, the attackers neither introduced themselves nor showed proof of identity.

“Masked gunmen broke into “Baghdad” café at 10:30 p.m. and put everybody against the wall. Minors and persons of Slavic appearance were almost immediately released. The rest was searched; some invited woman checked everybody for drug intoxication. Then the attackers searched salons and boots of the visitors’ cars. Of course, no witnesses and no protocols! All this action with revoltingly gross expletive and menace. The bus was jam-packed with the detainees, a few people stood on feet,” said the lawyer.

The detainees were taken to the Counter Extremism Center in Simferopol. There were about 40-50 people there, Chechens, Dagestanis, Uzbeks, Azerbaijanis, who were arrested in other public places (cafes and clubs).

All the detainees were fingerprinted, saliva sampled, photographed and interrogated. After these procedures, they were released.

According to the lawyer, the victims are shocked, willing to get the official authorities’ answer about what had happened.

In her turn, the Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya has denied the information about the Crimean Tatars mass detention. According to her, that was not detention but the Crimean policemen held “preventive activities” and identified individuals with narcotic intoxication.

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