Overview of the situation in Crimea. May 2018
In May, three new criminal proceedings were initiated against Crimean Tatars on suspicion of being implicated in “Hizb ut-Tahrir". Oleg Sentsov, who had been sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment in a strict regime colony, announced a hunger strike with the demand to free all Ukrainian political prisoners. The “group members” were said to include Alexandr Steshenko from Kharkiv, who had been abducted by the FSS officials at the border checkpoint “Dzhankoy” on 11 April 2018. Asan Egiz, delegate of the Crimean Tatar Kurultai, was unlawfully detained and beaten near the village Pionerskoye in Simferopol district. On the eve of the Remembrance day for the victims of the Crimean Tatar deportation, about 20 people were arrested in the Ak-Mechet district, densely populated by the Crimean Tatars. The people were holding a peaceful gathering “Light a fire in your heart”. The Court of arbitration under the auspices of the PCA (Permanent court of arbitration) in the Hague issued an unanimous decision in favor of 19 Ukrainian investors, comprising 18 companies and one person.