Crimean Tatar activist Nadir Bekirov attacked en route to WCIP – unable to attend.

This is the full text of the statement by leading Crimean Tatar activist, Mr. Nadir Bekirov, who has been subjected to a violent attack in Crimea while he was en route to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to be held on Sept 22-23 in New York. Four masked men took away Mr. Bekirov’s Ukrainian internal passport and mobile phone, thus disabling his attendance at WCIP and greatly complicating his life in Crimea. It is also known that there has been at least one UN member state that protested the participation of Mr. Bekirov’s NGO – the International Organization Foundation for Research and Support of Indigenous Peoples of Crimea – at WCIP. It is obvious which state it was, and which state is behind the attack on Mr. Bekirov.  This is a criminal state that, under its current leadership, should have no place in the community of nations.

Here’s the full statement by Mr. Bekirov:

The description of the fact of

the attack against Indigenous Crimean Tatar People activist Nadir Bekirov

Crime, Ukraine, territory controlled by Russia

and its consequences

20.09.2014

Simferopol City, Crimea

Mr. Nadir Bekirov 13.03.1962, PhD, professional jurist and University Teacher, President of International Organization Foundation for Research and Support of Indigenous Peoples of Crimea, one of the well-known activist of Indigenous Crimean Tatar People, 2003-2008 member of Board of Trustees of UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations.

Since 1994 he regularly took part at the sessions of WGIP, WGDD, WGPF, PFII, WIPO IGC and range of international meetings relating to Indigenous Issues

On the Decision of Board of Trustees of UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations has become a grantee for the participation at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, which should take place at NY 22-23 of September 2014.

18.09.2014 he departed from his place of residence in Simferopol (Crimea, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simferopol ) going to the Simferopol’s railway station (http://wikitravel.org/en/Simferopol ), where from he had to go to Kiev, Borispol airport the point of departure to New-York. He ordered car at the “Teletaxi” firm, the car was light blue ”Ford” number AA 3142, name of the driver Aleksander Ivanovich. He left his house at 04.15 p.m. on local (Moscow) time together with his family: wife Mrs. Khalide Kurtbelyalova and 4 years old son Batyr Bekirov, which were going to follow him till railway station. Due to extreme traffic problems for the stamps at the roads Mr. Bekirov decided by the way not to go the Simferopol railway station but to move to next after Simferopol station of the train of Dzhankoy City (approximately 70 kilometers to the North from Simferopol, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzhankoy ). The car speed about 120km/an hour allowed to go ahead the train and to meet it in Dzhankoy before its arrival. It has been approximately at 04.30 p.m. i.e. 15 minutes before the departure of train from Simferopol railway station. Dzhankoy City is a place, where the Russian Border Guard check-point is placed after Crimea was taken by Russian authorities at the March of 2014.

The family left taxi near the Kujbyshev square in Simferopol and Mr. Bekirov continued to go further with the taxi driver.

The taxi car moved ahead. After the car had passé the turn to Amurskoe village (41 km from Simferopol to the North, (http://allcrimea.net/spravka/Krasnogvardeisky-region/Amurskoe/ ) on the road Yalta-Kharkov-Moscow it was outrun by dark violet-blue colored minibus without windows from back and both sides and registration plate, which began to decelerate in front of the taxi. Minibus was Volkswagen Transporter.

The taxi driver stopped the car despite there was an opportunity to turn the minibus from left or right side. Several moments later four people jumped out of the minibus. They were put on in jeans short trousers and t-shirts. The heads and shoulders were covered by knitted black masks with the slit for the eyes. One of them ran to the door near of the driver the rest three to the door, where Nadir Bekirov was sitting. Those three started to cry Out of Car! Go Out! Lay Down! To Ground! It had been happened approximately at 05.05 p.m.

Mr. Bekirov did not resisted actively because being Human Rights Indigenous activists supposed that it may be special provocation turned to accuse him later at the attack against civilians or police, or otherwise the police mistake confused him with somebody wanted by police. Instead he repeated several times “who are you? Introduce yourself!” because both the Russian and Ukrainian legislation demand the Police servants and officers have to introduce themselves to the people, while dealing on their business.

Continuing to cry and puling Mr. Bekirov from the car those unknowns pushed him down to the ground. One of them kicked Mr. Bekirov to the liver area. They turned him with his face down and somebody began to search his pockets. Practically immediately he had found the Mr. Bekirov’s internal Ukrainian passport*, which was placed at t he internal left pocket of the waistcoat and handled it to another one. The last one open the passport, read the passport data and had cried loudly “Yes! Right!” Just after that all attackers left Mr. Bekirov on the ground and rapidly ran back to their minibus. Minibus started to move and went towards Dzhankoy City by the same road.

Mr. Bekirov stood up and again sat down to his place in the car. That time he discovered, than not only passport but the mobile phone disappeared as well. Before the attack it was placed at the external left pocket of the waist. It was Samsung Duos terminal with open access to Internet. So attackers had got a possibility to enter to Mr. Bekirov Gmail and Facebook accounts.

Taxi driver was or showed to be shocked and got rattled very much. “What it was?” he asked from Mr. Bekirov. “You saw yourself. It was an attack.” Mr. Bekirov answered. “What should we do?” the driver asked. “They have taken my keys and turf them!” After that the driver went out of the car and looked for the keys at the roadside. He found them soon.

Mr. Bekirov asked the driver to turn to Amurskoe village in order to find any representatives of authorities. They reached Amurskoe village Council office (Selsovet) approximately at 05.15 p.m. The office was closed but the ground floor room was open because electoral commission occupied it due to the last week elections in Crimea. The Secretary of Local Electoral Comission met Mr. Bekirov in good manner and proposed to use phone connection.

Mr. Bekirov called to the local Police Station< which is at  Krasnogvardejkoe Town (http://crimeamap.ru/krasnogvardeyskoe/#ll=34.197177,45.307777&z=12&mt=map, https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CA%F0%E0%F1%ED%EE%E3%E2%E0%F0%E4%E5%E9%F1%EA%E8%E9_%F0%E0%E9%EE%ED_%28%CA%F0%FB%EC%29). He reported them about attack and asked for the help and for the searching of the minibus, which attackers used. He described to police the omens of that minibus and of attackers. They officer on duty gave several questions and promised to help.

It was approximately at 05.20 p.m.

After the half of an hour the several policemen had come to the village council building. Mr. Bekirov used that time to call to his mobile operator in order to block his phone card trying to prevent the access of robbers to his database in the phone terminal. Finally it took more that one hour to convence the mobile firm to do it.

The police officers were6 the Chief of Police of Krasnogvardeyskoye Region, his Deputy, one operative officer, expert and investigator. The asked Mr. Bekirov about the incident. It took approximately half of an hour.

To the question what was a reason or motivation of the attack Mr. Bekirov answered that it has to be only his public activity. To the question of what public activity Mr. Bekirov briefly described his pro-Indigenous activism and specially pointed invitation to two last undertaking^ World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and meeting of OSCE, which should take place I E\Warsaw at 28-30 of September 2014, where the situation of Ethnic and National Minorities to be discussed. Police officer asked should Mr. Bekirov make presentations at those meetings. Mr. Bekirov answered that it is rather probable.

To the question, why his passport and phone were stolen unlike other belongings, Mr. Bekirov answered that by his opinion it was not just criminal attack. It was politically motivated action with the purpose to prevent his going to those meetings first of all, to frighten Nadir Bekirov for his pro-Indigenous activism and to prevent him to go out of Crimea in future in principle because without Ukrainian passport nobody is able to pass the border between Crimea and continental Ukraine. Neither Russian nor Ukrainian Boarder Guard will allow it.

To the question, who might be interested in that case Mr. Bekirov answered that those people, who are against the recognition of the Rights of Crimean Tatars as Indigenous People of Crimea or against Mr. Bekirov to have an opportunity to go out of Crimea by some reasons.

Simultaneously police officers asked the taxi driver, who was nervous and permanently asked to let him to go away.

The fingerprints were taken as from car surface as from Mr. Bekirov and driver.

Mr. Bekirov proposed firstly to go to the scene of crime and to look for the traces of deceleration because darkness was coming. The investigator refused to do it without any explanations and suggested to write the formal appeal and to pass formal interrogation.

After that the formal procedure of interrogation had begun. The official investigator gave the blank of official communication about the crime, and later fulfilled the separate blank of interrogation.

After these actions all team had gone to the place of the attack and composed the protocol of the inspection of the scene of crime. The photos were made despite of the darkness.

All procedures had been finished approximately at 08.30 p.m.

At the very end Mr. Bekirov asked the investigator was the measures undertaken to identify and to find the minibus. The answer was not yet. To the question “why?’ the investigator had not reacted.

Taxi driver left a place with the permission of Police. After that Mr. Bekirov had come back to his house in Simferopol with the car of his friend, who came to pick him up by the phone call.

*Most of post-Soviet countries still have two kinds of passports. There is so called “Internal passport”, which is similar to the different kinds of ID but in fact ismore important document because the data, which are placed in it allow to the owner to pass free on the country, tobe registered in different social and medicalinstitutions,to make buyings, to have credits, to apply officially to the authorities etc. Without this internal passport he people is treated by authorities and private sector as un-identified person without political, civil, economic, social and other rights, if even they have verified information about the person. Most of deals and judicial acts are possible only if the people demonstrate his internal passport and the data are fixed after that in all newly issued documents.

“External” or “abroad” passport plays the same role as passports in other countries. This is a document to receive a visa and to travel between countries.

The consequences of the incident

  1. Bekirov has no chance to come and to take part as at the session of UN GA named “World Conference on Indigenous Peoples” 22-23/09/2014 as at the meeting OSCE in Warsaw on Ethnic and National Minorities 28-30.09.2014,
  2. In future Mr. Bekirov basically has no the possibility to go out of Crimean peninsula for any reason (not only abroad but even to continental Ukraine or even Russia) because in order to pass Crimean peninsula/Ukraine line he must to demonstrate his passport to Russian (from Crimean side) and Ukrainian Boarder Guards (from continental Ukrainian side)/ Both of them not only to stop him without passport but arrest him and accuse as the people, who tried illegally to pass a boarder if not in espionage or terrorism particularly taking into consideration the relations between these two States in present time.
  3. Without passport ne can’t to go out of Crimea to the continental Russia via Kerch Chanel because Russian Police damans to demonstrate his passport before the ferry crossing with the same approach and consequences mentioned above.
  4. Without passport Mr. Berkirov is unable to by the ticket for plane or train both by the Russian and Ukrainian Law even for internal trip.
  5. Slowly but inescapably other consequences will appear and manifest. In the cases of address to any private or government instance practically by any reason Mr. Bekirov will be rejected to react because he cannot present his passport. Vice versa in any case of official claims or requirements to Mr. Bekirov from the government or local authorities and very often by private instances he cannot defend his rights legally without the demonstration of his internal passport. In some cases he may be punished by fine or administrative arrest for the lack of official ID. No labor contract, no receiving of post mails, no taking of money transfer or money from bank account may be done without it and the range of these social consequences is to long to be showed here.
  6. Bekirov has not internal Russian passport yet. But in case if he would apply to Russian authorities for that he may be refused because the procedure is that he must to give them first of all his acting ID, which means Ukrainian internal Passport. Another problem is that if Mr. Bekirov will receive Russian internal Passport he perhaps will be able to solve some personal social problems but in no case he will receive an access to go to continental Ukraine and abroad. The law of Ukraine “Onthe ensuring of rights and freedomsof citizens andlegal regimeforthe temporarily occupiedterritory ofUkraine” in its article 10 establishes that citizens of Ukraine may enter the territory of Ukraine from Crimea only having the ID and document proving their Ukrainian citizenship i.e. Ukrainian passport. Russian passport cannot be the legal document to pass the boarder for the residents of Crimea. It even may be used as a predict for the suspicions in a kind of illegal intentions.
  7. The restoration of Ukrainian passport is possible on the territory controlled by Ukrainian Government. The entrance/access to that territory from “occupied territories” without Ukrainian passport is impossible.

So consequences of this operation against Indigenous activist Nadir Bekirov go far beyond the prevention of his participation in these two very important international meetings. The legal consequences of deprivation of his internal Ukrainian passport from one hand produce rather hard social situation for him and his family, which may be evaluated as kind of vengeance for his pro-Human Rights and Indigenous activities. From other hand they overload him by these problems in rder to stop his pro-Indigenous activity and public position.

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