Imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader Nariman Dzhelal: Words are my weapon, I will continue to fight

Crimean Tatars
Canan Sarıtepe
13 September 2021, 16:20
Canan Sarıtepe
13 September 2021, 16:20

First Deputy Chairman of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars Nariman Dzhelal, who was abducted by Russian Security service in Crimea after an illegal search in his house, vows that he will continue to fight even in prison, with his most powerful "weapon" - "words".

His lawyer Nikolay Polozov published a letter on Facebook written by Nariman, on the evening of Saturday.

'My weapon is with me'

"I was ready for such developments and, following in the footsteps of my elder brothers, I have no intention to shift from my own beliefs! I’ll continue to fight in the ways available to me here in prison. During a search of my home, the officer conducting it said, among other things: ‘Your weapon is your word, which is much more dangerous.’ So my ‘weapon’ is with me," Nariman Dzhelal wrote in his letter.

Dzhelal insisted that he does not intend to step off his chosen path and renounce his position as the representative of Crimean Tatars.

"Eight years ago, you, my people, delegated to me the right to represent your interests. I was awarded a high status and responsibility, in the face of which I could not remain silent and hide. I consciously chose this path and I won’t step off of it," the Crimean Tatar leader said.

Dzhelal: No walls can change that all my people are with me

The political prisoner added that no walls could separate him from his people.

"My beloved wife, my close friends, all my people, and the whole world are with me. And no walls can change that," he wrote.

'Whatever they’ve done to me must not sow fear in you'

The First Deputy Chairman of Mejlis also called on Crimean Tatars not to give up and to continue the struggle.

"My people, don’t believe hypocritical whistleblowers who might persuade you that the victim of violence is the one who’s guilty of violence against them!" Dzhelal said.

According to him, occupiers seek to intimidate Crimeans with such oppressing actions.

"They will say that I was ‘exposed’ this; if I had just sat there quietly, I would still be at home with my family. But we must not act like that. Don't give up! Whatever they’ve done to me must not sow fear in you as this is among their goals,” Nariman Dzhelal wrote.