The European Union has called on Russia to stop putting pressure on Crimean Tatars in the temporarily occupied Crimea.
"EU is concerned about reports on house searches in illegally annexed Crimea with subsequent detentions," reads the report posted on Twitter by the EU delegation to the OSCE.
"Since illegal annexation by Russia, HumanRights situation in Crimea significantly deteriorated. We expect Russia to end pressure on Crimean Tatars. #crimeaisukraine," the tweet concludes.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian law enforcers in illegally occupied Crimea on March 27 conducted massive searches in homes of 25 Crimean Tatars, having taken a number of detainees to the FSB office in Simferopol.
The FSB press service claimed the searches were part of the investigation into the Hizb ut Tahrir organization, which is outlawed in Russia. Russian law enforcers later reported on the detention of 22 individuals.
Three more Crimean Tatars have been detained in Russia's Rostov-on-Don. "Their houses were searched yesterday in their absence," NGO Crimean Solidarity reported on Facebook on March 28.