Today at the Russian Embassy in Kyiv activists recalled the names of people who disappeared in occupied Crimea, and made a request to the authorities of the Russian Federation to facilitate their search.
The date of the action is symbolic, as two years ago, on September 27, 2014, 19-year-old Islyam Dzhepparov and 23-year-old Dzhevdet Islyamov disappeared in Crimea.
"They are the son and nephew of the famous Crimean Tatar activist Abdureshit Dzhepparov. Witnesses saw how they were dragged into a van and driven away in an unknown direction. For two years, we know nothing about them. We require an effective investigation by Russia of all missing persons, we ask to respond to a request for missing Erwin Ibragimov", – the Deputy Coordinator of CrimeaSOS Evgenia Andreyuk commented the action.
The activists tied white ribbons with the names of the missing persons to the fence of the embassy, explaining that the Crimean custom is to make a wish and to tie a ribbon on the tree branches as a guarantee that it will come true. The wish of activists, of course, is the return of the missing persons to their families safe and sound.
"Since the time when Russia declared Crimea its territory, it is entirely responsible to the international community for all activities in the territory, including, for the enforced disappearance and murders in Crimea", – the activist of the Crimean Tatar national movement Sinaver Kadyrov concluded.
For two and a half years of the occupation of Crimea, 15 people went missing and 9 people were found dead. CrimeaSOS calls on all concerned people to come to the monthly actions at the Russian embassy in Kyiv to support the relatives of victims.