In Melitopol, the occupiers kidnapped the director of the museum

10 March 2022

The occupiers are putting pressure on and intimidating! So, in Melitopol on March 10, occupiers kidnapped the deputy of the Zaporizhzhia regional council and the director of the Melitopol city museum of local lore Leyla Ibrahimova. At 6 a.m., they broke into her house, searched her, confiscated her phones, and then took Ibrahimova in an unknown direction. It was announced on his Facebook page by a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Eskender Bariyev.

“Today in Melitopol at 6 am armed people in Russian military uniform broke into the house of the deputy of the Zaporizhzhia regional council, representative of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people Leila Ibrahimova, director of the Melitopol city museum of local lore,” the message reads.

Petro Poroshenko, the leader of the European Solidarity party, which included a regional council deputy, later told Radio Svoboda that Ibrahimova was already at home but had no contact with her.

Melitopol is under the control of Russian troops. The city regularly protests against the Russian invasion.

The occupiers are purposefully repressing representatives of Ukrainian culture, intimidating Ukrainians, and threatening the most active ones.

We ask international human rights organizations to cover the facts of human rights violations and repression in the territories temporarily occupied by the Russian army.

Photo by Ukrinform and Eskender Bariyev’s Facebook page.