This has been said in a statement by the U.S. Department of State.
"He was convicted for his opposition to Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and given a harsher sentence than the Russian occupation prosecutor requested," the State Department said in a statement.
"We call on the Russian occupation authorities to immediately release Umerov and vacate his conviction," reads the statement.
As Ukrinform reported, on September 27, a Kremlin-controlled court in Simferopol sentenced Ilmi Umerov, the leader of the Crimean Tatar movement, to two years in a penal colony. Umerov was also banned from engaging in public activities for two years.
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