U.S. calls on Russia to release Umerov – Department of State

U.S. calls on Russia to release Umerov – Department of State

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The United States has expressed deep concern over the conviction and imprisonment of deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars Ilmi Umerov and called for his release.

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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