06.04.16 16:20

22 people went missing in Crimea since occupation, mostly Сrimean Tatars, - Dzhemilev

Russia's FSB often threatens with abduction of children or relatives during interrogations.

Presidential Commissioner on the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"According to our data, the number of those currently missing in Crimea is 22 people, most of them being Crimean Tatars. These are the ones who we know. There can be more," he said.

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"The disappearance of people is often used as a threat during the interrogations by security officers. If a person behaves with dignity when questioned by the FSB, they can be asked: "Don't you fear either you or your children may disappear one day"," Dzhemilev said.

"The strategy of occupants in Crimea was originally aimed at having a deal with the Mejlis. But when they failed, they returned to their usual method - punishing and persecuting," he concluded.

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