"More and more people are coming to support political processes... Civil movement is growing, our Krymska Solidarnist (Crimean Solidarity) Union is developing... This is why Russia is increasing pressure in Crimea," the attorney said.
"The most recent detentions are reaction to resolutions by the U.N. and the European Parliament. Russian authorities are trying to find Crimean Tatars who can be forced by pressure into signing some documents where they confess being members of some allegedly extremist organizations in order to show the world in the future that Russia is fighting terrorists and extremists," Kurbedinov said.
Since the Russian Federation occupied Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, mass raids against independent journalists, activists of Crimean Tatar national movement, members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, as well Crimean Muslims suspected of links to Russia-banned organization Hizb ut-Tahrir have intensified.