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Occupiers in Crimea detain human rights activist after searching his home

25.04.2023, 12:06
Photo: Krym.Realii
Photo: Krym.Realii

In Bilohirsk (Crimea, occupied), Russian security forces detained the Crimean public figure, human rights activist Abdureşit Cepparov after searching his house, reports the public initiative "Crimean Solidarity".

According to his relatives, the security forces came around 7:00 a.m., took away everyone's phones and did not allow them to call a lawyer.

"The search ended half an hour ago. They took him away. We had no time to call a lawyer, because our phones were immediately seized. His wife and 14-year-old daughter were in the house at the time of the search," said Cepparov's relative.

According to a "Krym.Realii" report for Radio Liberty, Russian security forces have already searched the activist's house on March 16, 2023. At that time, no lawyer was allowed to see Cepparov. After the search, the Russian security forces took the man to the local police department. Later, the Russian-controlled Biloghirsk District Court arrested him for 15 days, accusing him of "promoting Nazi paraphernalia or symbols" on social media. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the representative office of the President of Ukraine in Crimea called for Abdureşit Cepparov's release. On March 31, he was released after 15 days of administrative arrest.

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