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Crimea: Political Activists Who Were Killed, Kidnapped, Or Went Missing

After Russia's illegal annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea in March 2014, kidnappings and suspicious disappearances have become common. The abductions of Reshat Akhmetov and Ervin Ibragimov were even recorded on video but still not fully investigated.

Various human rights groups have given different numbers for Crimean residents who have gone missing or who have died in a suspicious manner. According to the CrimeaSOS website and the Crimean Human Rights Group, eight to 17 residents of Crimea disappeared over the last three years. At least six of them were later found dead. Some activists say the true number is higher.

In marking the United Nations' International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30, below is a list of some of those who have gone missing in Crimea or who were found dead under unclear circumstances in the years since annexation. (Stylized images provided by Crimean Tatar Resource Center)

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