Russia detains Crimean Tatar activist in Crimea

Edem Dudakov
Edem Dudakov

Russian security services have raided the house of Crimean Tatar activist Edem Dudakov and detained him in Bakhchysarai, Ukrainian Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets reported via Telegram on March 13.

According to him, after the search, Dudakov was taken to an FSB facility in Simferopol.

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The Ombudsman called on the international community to increase pressure on Moscow to stop human rights violations in occupied Crimea and release illegally detained Ukrainian citizens.

According to a correspondent of Crimean Solidarity news outlet, the search began early in the morning.

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"His wife gave him medicine and tea in a thermal flask [as he was being taken away],” the Facebook message said.

“He suffers from diabetes and hypertension. His family does not know Dudakov is accused of, but they have already applied for legal assistance."

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On Feb. 17, 2023, Russian law enforcement came to Dudakov's house to search it. At the time, the activist was accused of a hate crime.

Dudakov opposed the destruction of cultural heritage sites in the occupied Crimea, particularly the Khan's Palace, which the occupation “authorities” are "restoring."

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