The Commissioner for Human Rights in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Lyudmyla Denysova said that illegal searches of Tatar homes were being carried out today, and political prisoners were being held in inhumane conditions in places of detention in Russia and the temporarily occupied Crimea.

Denisova says: “The purpose of the searches is only one thing – to break the resistance of the Crimean people at any cost. In particular, such a search took place recently in the house of the Crimean Tatar family of Sheide Asanova in the village of Kurske, Belgorod district. The Rosguard and riot police were involved in the searches, but no documents or items that the Russian occupiers planned to find were found”.

In turn, Teymur Abdulayev has been kept in a pre-trial detention center for 90 days. Whenever the term of detention ends, the prison administration creates formal reasons to extend it again.

Ruslan Nagaev was recently placed in solitary confinement because he allowed himself to be covered with a blanket during the day because it was very cold inside the cell.

Ruslan Suleymanov has been having serious problems with his musculoskeletal system for six months. He recently developed a sharp stabbing pain in his neck that prevent him from moving freely. After repeated appeals to the administration of “SIZO 1 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in the Rostov region” to conduct a medical examination and provide the necessary medical care, health workers limited themselves to a few injections of painkillers.

Tofik Abdulgaziev, who is being held in Sevastopol, has had a high body temperature of 38 degrees for a long time, and acute pain in his right kidney and joints has begun. However, the administration of the penitentiary confiscated personal belongings and medicines during the searches, and no medical assistance is provided. This can lead to a significant deterioration in health.

Lenur Khalilov has health problems, but he refuses to provide detailed information even to his lawyer, as he fears that the management of the pre-trial detention center will put pressure on him and worsen the conditions of detention.

The ombudsman states that such treatment of political prisoners of the Kremlin is unacceptable, as it violates international and even Russian national law. In particular, the provisions of the “Minimum Standard Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners”, the “Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms”, the Federal Law of the Russian Federation “On the Fundamentals of Public Health in the Russian Federation”, etc.

“I appeal to the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, Tetyana Moskalkova, to protect the rights of Ukrainian citizens, namely to provide them with appropriate conditions of detention and to provide them with the necessary medical care in accordance with international standards for the treatment of prisoners. I call on the international community to join forces and increase pressure on the aggressor country to bring all Kremlin prisoners home as soon as possible and to end the persecution of civilians on the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Only together can we stop the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people,” Denysova said.

Natalia Tolub

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