All five detained Crimean Tatars were remanded in custody by Russian courts after searches on August 17
According to Krym.Realii, activist Zaur Abdullayev, who was detained by Russian security forces during searches in Crimea on August 17, was arrested for 1 month and 25 days on August 18.
This was announced by lawyer Oleksiy Ladin, the public Association "Crimean Solidarity" noted. According to him, Zaur Abdullayev will remain in custody until October 11, 2021.
Until October 11, 2021, Crimean Tatar activist Rustem Murasov, the last of those detained by Russian security forces during searches in Crimea on August 17, was also arrested.
This was announced on August 18 by lawyer Emil Kurbedinov after a court session on choosing a preventive measure for Murasov.
"The court today granted the request of the FSB to choose a preventive measure for Rustem Murasov and chose a preventive measure in the form of detention in a pre-trial detention center until October 11, 2021," the lawyer said.
On August 17, the so-called "courts" controlled by the Russian Federation chose preventive measures in the form of detention for three of the five detained Crimean Tatars. The court decided that Raif Fevziev will be held in the pre-trial detention center in Moscow. Simferopol until October 12, and Dzhebbar Bekirov until October 11. They are charged with "organizing the activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir". Rustem Tairov will be held in jail until October 11 on "charges of participating in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization".
The Ombudsman of Ukraine Lyudmyla Denisova considers it "illegal" and demands to cancel the sentence of the Crimean Tatars, who were detained after searches on August 17.
Eight human rights organizations demanded the release of the Crimean Tatars detained on August 17 from Russia.
As RISU has reported, on August 17, Russian security forces in Crimea conducted five searches in the homes of Crimean Tatars at once.
Lawyer Edem Semedlyaev reported on the search of the House of local imam Raif Fevziev in the village of Strogonivka, Simferopol District. At the same time, the lawyer himself was not allowed to search, he intends to file a complaint with the prosecutor's office. According to Edem Semedlyaev, the imam is charged with article 205.5 (Organizing activities of a terrorist organization and participation in the activities of such an organization). The imam was detained and taken to the FSB Department in Simferopol.
Activists reported a search in the village of Ternivka in the Balaklavsky District of Sevastopol near Dzhebbar Bekirov, in the village of Kholmivka in the Bakhchisarai district near Zaur Abdullayev, in the village of fruit in the Nakhimov District of Sevastopol near Rustem Murasov, in the village of Povorotne in the Nakhimov District of Sevastopol near Rustem Tairov. All of them were detained, and their lawyers were also not present at the searches. The detainees are suspected of involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami organization.
The public association "Crimean Solidarity", citing lawyer Oleksiy Ladin, reported that the detained Crimean Tatars are suspected of"creating and participating in a terrorist organization."
The prosecutor's office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol announced the opening of criminal proceedings on the fact of new searches and detentions of Crimean Tatars.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called these searches and detentions of Crimean Tatars by Russian security forces a " blatant violation of human rights", and the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sent a notice of protest to Russia.
Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova called on the international community to respond to the persecution of Crimean Tatars.
Representatives of the International Islamic political organization Hizb ut-Tahrir call it their mission to unite all Muslim countries in an Islamic caliphate, but they reject terrorist methods to achieve this and say that they are being unfairly persecuted in Russia and in the Crimea occupied by it in 2014. The Supreme Court of Russia banned Hizb ut-Tahrir in 2003, including it in the list of associations called "terrorist".
Defenders of Crimeans arrested and convicted in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir case" consider their persecution motivated on religious grounds. The lawyers note that those prosecuted in this case by Russian law enforcement agencies are mainly Crimean Tatars, as well as Ukrainians, Russians, Tajiks, Azerbaijanis and Crimeans of other ethnic origins who profess Islam. International law prohibits the introduction of legislation of the occupying state in the occupied territory.