Russian police detain 76-year-old Crimean activist for one-man protest. Video

Russian police detain 76-year-old Crimean activist for one-man protest. Video

Russian police officers have detained 76-year-old Crimean activist Server Karametov who held one-man protest action near the Supreme Court of Crimea in Simferopol, expressing support for Mejlis deputy chairman Akhtem Chiygoz.

Crimean activist Zair Smedlyaev published the video of detention on his Facebook page, Radio Liberty reports.

The video shows how five Russian police officers surround Karametov, take away his banner reading "Putin! Aksionov! Our children (Akhtem Chiygoz) are not terrorists! Stop convicting Crimean Tatars!", put the old man in the police car and take him away.

The daughter of another Crimean activist Ilmi Umerov, Aishe Umerova, wrote on Facebook that detained Server Karametov is 76 years old and suffers from Parkinson's disease. According to her information, the activist was detained for "holding unauthorized rally" and "offering resistance to representatives of law enforcement agencies" and taken to the police department.

Server Karametov has been detained in the annexed Crimea not for the first time. On May 18, the Day of Remembrance of Crimean Tatar Genocide Victims, he was detained by Russian police for coming to the central square in Simferopol city with the Crimean Tatar flag and portraits of his parents, who had been the victims of the 1944 deportation. As reported, the Kremlin-controlled Supreme Court of Crimea now considers the case of Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz, accusing him of plotting riots. Akhtem Chiygoz was detained in January 2015 for participating in the rally in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine near the Crimean Parliament.


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