Russia places Crimean Tatar leader on wanted list

A court in Simferopol arrested Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev in absentia and placed him on the Russian Federation’s wanted list. Dzhemilev was one of the organizers of the blockade placed against the occupied Crimean Peninsula.

According to his lawyer, Jamil Temishev, Dzhemilev is suspected of violating Russian law on three counts, though he did not elaborate which articles exactly Dzhemilev is suspected of violating.  The warrant for the arrest of the former Leader of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis was issued by the FSB.

Mustafa Dzhemilev is a Ukrainian citizen and member of the Ukrainian Parliament.  He is opposed to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea. In 2014 Dzhemilev was denied entry to Russia for five years due to what Russian authorities said were “extremist statements”.

  Crimean Tatars, Crimea, Dzhemilev