“This is the Most Monstrous, Most Ferocious Regime”, Said the Mother of the Political Prisoners Abdullaev With Regard to Their Conditions in the Russian Pre-trial Detention Center

January 6, 2020

The mother of the defendants in the Simferopol “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”, Teymur and Uzeir Abdullaev, Dilyara Abdullaeva, spoke about the terrible conditions her sons have to endure in a pre-trial detention center in Rostov-on-Don. According to her, the political prisoners “pull a bedsheet over their heads and keep themselves warm with their own breath” as they have no pillows and blankets. She wrote about this on her Facebook page.

Dilyara Abdullaeva says that she wanted to bring bedsheets and pillowcases to them but it turned out that they did not have any pillows or blankets.

“How is it possible on such frosty nights. My sons tell me that pull the sheet on their heads and warm themselves with their own breath. This is a monstrous, most ferocious regime. It is impossible to watch without deep sorrow how our sons are being crippled in prisons, the purpose of which is to exterminate as many political prisoners as possible in these prisons through systematic bullying and torture," the message said.

Dilyara Abdullaeva, nevertheless, is firmly convinced that "the spirit of our sons cannot be broken, neither those who languish in prison dungeons nor those who are free to continue the peaceful resistance to this injustice. This punitive machine and all punitive politics will be gone. The world does not accept this."

Previously, on 12 October 2016, Russian security forces in the result of mass searches in Stroganovka village in Simferopol region arrested five representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people – Uzeir Abdullaev, Teimur Abdullaev, Rustem Ismailov, Emil Dzhemadenov, and Ayder Saledinov. They were accused of participation in the Hizb-ut-Tahrir organization that is illegal in Russia. They were charged with the article 205.5 Criminal Code of RF (“activity and participation in the terrorist organization”).

On 18 June 2019, North Caucasian district military court sentenced Teimur Abdullaev to seventeen years in a high-security prison with the restriction of liberty for one year and six months, Rustem Ismailov to fourteen years, Uzeir Abdullaev to thirteen years, Ayder Saledinov and Emil Dzhemadinov to twelve years.

On December 24, 2019, the Supreme Court in Moscow reduced the terms of imprisonment for the defendants in the Simferopol “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” by 6 months.