A hundred armed men come to demolish houses of Crimean Tatars in Sudak

Дата: 23 March 2016
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About a hundred armed men came to Alchak residential area in Sudak (Crimea), where they planned to demolish six houses of Crimean Tatars.

First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Nariman Dzelial said this to Crimea. Realities news portal.

There were about 100 law enforcement officers, half of them were armed. There were special purpose police unit officers, police officers, Russian Federal Security Service officers and at least two KamAZ trucks. They were equipped, so they were waiting for something. Nothing happened. There was a large group of Crimean Tatars, approximately as large as theirs, maybe even larger,” he said.

According to him, these houses were built many years ago, and indeed did not have any permits. Dzelial stressed that such a situation was typical of the whole of Crimea, not only the Crimean Tatars.

I do not know whether they have been trying to legitimize them [the houses] over the past two years. What can be said about Ilver Ametov [the head of the Sudak regional Mejlis, the owner of the house to be demolished] is that he has been repeatedly offered to cooperate with the current authorities and those political forces among the Crimean Tatars, which enjoy the trust of the authorities, so to say. He has refused and said that he has his own beliefs and views on what has happened and is happening today. As a consequence, he has troubles,” the First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis said.

According to him, some of the owners of those houses went to meet with so-called “Vice Prime Minister” of the occupying power of Crimea Ruslan Belbek.

At the moment, there is no information about whether such a meeting was held. There also no official comments from the Russian authorities and the law enforcement agencies of Crimea.

Coordinator of the Crimean Contact Group on Human Rights Abdureshit Dzhepparov said in Sudak that the Russian security forces and Tatars had left. The human rights activist cannot predict the further developments, noting that “Russia is unpredictable.”

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