Head of the Crimean Tatar people Mejlis Refat Chubarov said that Russian law enforcers had detained Crimean Tatar Emil Mukhteremov in Feodosiya (Crimea) on March 15 this year.
“There is a report about a new arrest in Crimea: the FSB has detained Emil Mukhteremov and his friend when they were getting in their car in Feodosiya,” said Chubarov.
According to Chubarov, the detained man was able to call another his friend and said that he was in the Feodosiya branch of the Federal Security Service (FSB).
Later, Chubarov told the details of the incident.
“There are details from Crimea about the incident with Crimean Tartar Emil Mukhteremov who has been detained today in Feodosiya: he was taken to the City Department of the FSB, where Emil managed to call a friend and to tell about his whereabouts. Shortly thereafter, Emil Mukhteremov was taken by the FSB on a field near the village of Zybino and forced to dig a hole. The FSB threatened to bury him in that hole. Then the FSB left Emile on the mentioned field and went away,” wrote the Head of the Mejlis on Facebook.
As a reminder, the FSB has regularly raided and interrogated journalists, activists, community leaders, as well as detained representatives of the Crimean Tatar people since Russia controls the peninsula. Human rights activists recognize the actions a “crackdown on dissent”.