There are currently 57 political prisoners in the Russian-annexed Crimea, as reported by the head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center and member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Eskender Bariev, during a press conference in Kyiv on November 6th.
He noted that after Russia transferred Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiyhoz, who were imprisoned in the Crimea, to the Republic of Turkey, new arrests were made on the peninsula.
The First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Emine Jeppar, said at the press conference that it is necessary to report on political prisoners who are being held in the Crimea and Russia.
"There are more than 50 symbols of resistance in the annexed Crimea, those people who are on trial or are serving a sentence due to cases against them based on politics, and it is important to report on these cases and other violations of rights and freedoms in the Crimea," Emine Dzeppar stressed. She added that on the peninsula, 100 children were left without the support of their fathers, who were the victims of repression.
After the annexation in Crimea, mass searches for independent journalists, civil activists, activists of the Crimean Tatar national movement, members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, and Crimean Muslims, who are suspected of having ties to the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which is banned in Russia, have increased in the Crimea.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has repeatedly demanded that Russia stop exerting pressure on Ukrainian citizens in the annexed Crimea.