"Everyone involved in initiating this fabricated case, in its falsification as well as everyone who announced this 'verdict' will be punished because they are the real criminals," said Refat Chubarov.
According to Chubarov, the criminal persecution against him and the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, is an element of Russian resistance to the de-occupation of Crimea.
“This is an attempt to complicate our political life, our ability to mobilize the international community and Ukrainian society for the de-occupation of Crimea,” said the head of Majlis.
Chubarov also thinks that Russia might “complicate his life” with the use of Interpol.
"Over the last seven years, I have 2 cases, when I was detained for several hours (by foreign border guards under the Russian request via Interpol – ed.) I was forced to interrupt my travels and wait until those situations were resolved. This happened twice.” – said Chubarov.
As we informed earlier, on June 1, the Russian-controlled "Supreme Court of Crimea" has found Refat Chubarov, head of the Crimean Tatar Majlis, “guilty” in absentia and “sentenced” him to 6 years in a standard regime penal colony. Chubarov was found guilty of “organizing mass civil unrest.”
According to the Russian authorities, Chubarov has allegedly organized “mass civil unrest” during the protest near the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea on February 26, 2014.
Back in 2020, the Ukrainian Office of the Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea started a criminal investigation of unlawful persecution of Refat Chubarov. The Ukrainian authorities believe that persecution of Chubarov constitutes a violation of laws and customs of war. The potential punishment for this crime ranges between eight and twelve years.