"The [talks in the] Normandy format (Germany, France, Ukraine, Russia – Ed.) should determine combined pressure on Putin. For example, the presence of peacekeepers in the east of Ukraine scares Putin because the next step will be their deployment in Crimea," Chiygoz said on air of ICTV channel, Censor.NET reports.
He also believes that following Sentsov’s liberation, Russia is going to imprison other Ukrainians.
"They apprehended four persons the day after my and Umerov’s release. We will certainly succeed in liberation of a number of prisoners, who are much talked about by the entire world community. But be sure that they will imprison more of those who will also be holding on to their dignity in prisons and show resistance," Chiygoz added.
Umerov and Chiygoz were released by Russia and extradited from Crimea to Turkey.
In 2016, FSB investigators initiated a criminal case against Crimean Tatar, deputy head of Mejlis and participant of Crimean Tatars national liberation movement Ilmi Umerov. He is charged with public calls to violate the territorial integrity of Russia.
Umerov's detention, search and the criminal case, and his keeping in psychiatric hospital and pushing through forced psychiatric expertise stirred global response.
Simferopol city court controlled by the Kremlin started hearing the case against Umerov on June 7, 2017. Umerov believes his case is politically charged.
On Sept. 11, the Supreme Court of Russia-occupied Crimea sentenced Chiygoz to eight years in prison.
On Aug. 2, 2016 Russian-controlled Supreme Court of Crimea started to consider materially "the case of Feb. 26" against Akhtem Chiygoz. Earlier, on July 20, 2016, during hearing in camera, the court divided "the case of Feb. 26" into two separate cases: one against Akhtem Chiygoz and another against the rest of the defendants.
After Crimea was occupied by Russia, Kremlin puppets started trials against Crimean Tatar activists who participated in protests in support of Ukraine's territorial integrity. The events took place on Feb. 26, 2014. According to occupant authorities, two protesters were killed in a stampede, 79 people received injuries. Those detained in connection with the case - Akhtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov, and Mustafa Degermendzhy - were named political prisoners by Russian Memorial human rights center.