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Reports have come in stating that the Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev's home has been raided by Russian Special Forces and in the unfolding events his wife has been rushed to hospital.
According to a tweet by Crimean Tatar Mejlis (Parliament) member Ahmet Ozay, Russian Special Forces raided Jemilev's home in Crimea this morning shortly before his wife Safinar Jemileva was hospitalized.
There has been no word of the 70-year-old leader's wife since and her current condition is unknown.
Former Mejlis head and current Ukrainian MP Mustafa Jemilev has been banned from entering his homeland for five years by the new Crimean Parliament, which came to power following the ousting of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich in February.
In an interview published by Radio Free Europe on Friday, Jemilev said that he had not seen his wife since a failed attempt to enter Crimea earlier this month.
'The last time I saw my wife we had to meet in a neutral zone [between Ukraine and Russian occupied Crimea]. She was there to meet some of our compatriots and we have not seen each other since,' he said.
The pro-Russian parliament hastily organized a referendum on March 16 inviting the peninsula's mainly ethnic Russian residents to vote for annexation to Russia.
The Crimean Tatars, under Jemilev's and current Mejlis leader Refat Chubarov's instruction, largely boycotted the referendum, complaining that it was illegally held under the threat of pro-Russian gunmen who had occupied the region.Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Mayıs 2014, 18:01