Yesterday Russian border guards started detaining and questioning all Crimean Tatar men, who were trying to cross the border between mainland Ukraine and Crimea at a checkpoint in Chongar, reports Crimean Human Rights Group.
According to human rights activists, people were held in a queue in the street for an hour, with some of them being released without questioning after an hour of waiting. Other people were taken inside and questioned about their time in Ukraine.
“Crimean Tatars are also being interrogated, when they leave Crimea. They are questioned about religion and reasons for trips to Arab countries (Turkey, United Arab Emirates) in the past,” said the source of the human rights activists.
Only Crimean Tatar men were questioned. People of other ethnicities were of no interest to Russian border guards.