Russia tortured detained Crimean Tatars to "confess" sabotage they never involved: MFA says Russia's actions provocative

Crimean Tatars
Canan Sarıtepe
17 September 2021, 17:15
Canan Sarıtepe
17 September 2021, 17:15

“Confessions” by illegally detained Ukrainian citizens circulated in the media on alleged sabotage to gas pipeline in Crimea, were obtained through applying severe torture.

This is an “unsuccessful attempt” by Russia’s occupying repressive bodies at concealing repressions against the Crimean Tatar population of Crimea, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine said in a statement on Thursday.

“We have taken note of the provocative statements by the FSB of the alleged ‘involvement’ of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in rallies against the actions of the Russian occupation administration and illegal paramilitary groups operating in the temporarily occupied Crimea. We consider these accusations, in particular involvement in the attack on the gas pipeline, as another provocation on the part of the Russian Federation,” it said.

The diplomats called the Russian Federation to immediately release unlawfully held citizens of Ukraine and stop torturing and persecuting representatives of the Crimean Tatar people.


As reported, on September 3-4, FSB operatives in the occupied Crimea detained Nariman Dzhelyalov, brothers Aziz and Asan Akhtemovs, as well as Eldar Adamanov and Shevket. Their exact whereabouts became known only on the third day following what Ukraine insists was an extrajudicial detention, or “abduction.”

On September 6, the Kyiv District Court of Simferopol ruled that Nariman Dzhelyalov, deputy chief of the Crimean Tatars’ Mejlis, and brothers Aziz and Asan Akhtemovs were taken into until November 4. They are charged with sabotage – the damaging of a gas pipe that fed one of the Russian military based in Simferopol district.

The FSB claims Ukraine’s behind the attack stands Ukraine’s GUR military intelligence, with the involvement of the Crimean Tatars’ representative body, Mejlis.

The FSB suspects the Akhtemov brothers as immediate executors of the attack, naming Dzhelyalov as their accomplice.

Lawyer Ayder Azamatov said his client Asan Akhtemov, before agreeing to sign what turned out to be a “guilty plea,” had been subjected to torture involving electrocution techniques.