For 12 long, terrifying days, Iryna Danylovich’s family and friends had no idea where she was.
The Crimean human rights activist and nurse disappeared on her way home from work in the Russian-annexed peninsula almost two weeks ago. On Wednesday, her loved ones finally received confirmation she had been detained by Russian authorities, who have until now refused to say whether, where or by whom she was being held.
Danylovich’s lawyer Aider Azamatov has spent the past 12 days searching for her in detention centers across the peninsula. He told CNN that like her friends and family, he was repeatedly turned away and told by the authorities they had no information about Danylovich.
That all changed on Wednesday afternoon.
“We went to the detention center in Simferopol again and I was finally told that Iryna is there. They…