Open statement of CrimeaSOS Public Organization
20 September 2018
On November 23th 2017 the Russian security officials detained a group of Crimean Tatars in Simferopol – Kazim Ametov, Asan Chapukh, Ruslan Trubach and Bekir Degermendzhy. They were blamed for blackmailing a Turkish national, Yusuf Aytan.
During the operation Vedzhie Kashka, the veteran of the Crimean tatars’ national movement, was detained by the Russian enforcement agents. She felt bad and died in twenty minutes. The Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation in the occupied Crimea on two occasions refused to initiate criminal proceedings on the death of Vedzhie Kashka.
As to the accusations, the defense and the arrested themselves argue that they had been helping to get back the money robbed from the veteran of the Crimean Tatars’ national movement Vedzhie Kashka. According to the first deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Nariman Dzhelalov, Russian security officials used the situation with the Turkish national as a pretext, or he himself decided to cooperate with the Russian agents in order to avoid the return of the debt.
Currently, the 65-year-old Asan Chapukh has been on hunger strike for the sixth day already (20 September 2018). Now the substantial health deterioration is felt. Thus, he has difficulties in moving, he cannot feel his legs, his hands are going numb and there are problems with speaking. Along with this he is not provided the necessary medical treatment. Before this, Asan Chapukh had already suffered a mini stroke in the remand center (SIZO).
Chapukh was brought to Semashko hospital for examination, however no medical treatment has been offered. In SIZO where he is being kept, he is given only a blood-pressure pill. His health condition has deteriorated so much, that even the investigator who has been working at his case, became worried and promised to address to the administration of SIZO on the issue of the failure to provide the medical treatment. Today he has refused to hold investigation because of the deterioration of the health condition.
Asan has two demands to be satisfied before he ends the hunger strike: 1) to be provided medical treatment at last; 2) to be let out under house arrest.
Taking into account all the above-mentioned CrimeaSOS appeal
To the Russian authorities:
1) Provide medical assistance to Asan Chapukh;
2) Stop the persecution of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars;
3) Release all the political prisoners;
4) Bring all the responsible for human rights abuses to justice.
To the international community:
1)Monitor the situation with the human rights in Crimea;
2)Put pressure on the authorities of the Russian Federation so that it would live up to its responsibilities regarding the protection of the civilian population within the Occupied territory;
3) Draw public attention to the situation with the Kremlin political prisoners and conditions of their detention.