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Another young Crimean Tatar man has disappeared

01.10.14

Two days after 19-year-old Islam Dzhepparov and his 23-year-old cousin Dzhevdet Islamov were abducted from Sary-Su near Belogorsk in the Crimea, another young man has gone missing. 

QHA reports that on Monday Sept 29, 25-year-old Edem Asanov set off for work at the Prymorye sanatorium in Yevpatoriya.  He did not arrive, and all attempts by his family to contact him have been fruitless.

His sister, Ferida Asanova says that they have already reported his disappearance to the police and have searched in hospitals. 

There can be many reasons why a young man disappears, not all sinister, however after the brazen abductions on Saturday evening, concern is understandable.

The abduction and the fact that the police have still failed to find the young men, or at least an abandoned vehicle. despite the make, colour and registration number being known, suggest that new tactics are being used against the Crimean Tatars.  As the head of the Mejlis, Refat Chubarov noted, the FSB [security service] are basically following everything in the Crimea.  If the young men have not been ‘found’, it may well be because the enforcement bodies, including the FSB, are not looking.  This in turn could be because they’re not concerned about such lawlessness against Crimean Tatars, or because they know where they are.  

The abduction and disappearance are not the first in Crimea since Russia’s invasion and annexation.  They come at a time when the Crimean Tatars are under serious pressure with armed searches of homes, mosques and religious schools carried out and a concentrated attack underway on the Mejlis, or representative-executive body of the Crimean Tatar People.

See Chubarov: Crimea is descending into Terror and Fear

[Halya Coynash]

see also:
Two Crimean Tatar students disappear in the Crimea
Bogus claims of ’Muslim radicalism’ as weapon against the Crimean Tatars
Missing Crimean Tatar Edem Asanov found dead
Four abductions or disappearances of young Crimean Tatars in a week
Chubarov: Crimea is descending into Terror and Fear
Two young Crimean Tatars abducted
Moscow endorses offensive against Crimean Tatar Mejlis
Bakhchysarai Mejlis faces eviction after mysterious court hearing
Targeting the Crimean Tatar Mejlis as pro-Russian euphoria fades in Crimea
Crimean Tatar Mejlis given 24 hours to leave
Armed offensive against Crimean Tatar Mejlis
New Muftiat and Mosque Seizures as Divide and Rule in the Crimea?
More armed searches of Crimean Tatar homes
Russia’s FSB steps up its witch hunt for ‘extremists’ in Crimea