Released, but not free: the first so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case defendants Primov and Vaitov will leave Russian prisons

January 21, 2020

On Wednesday, January 22, the first individuals involved in the so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case, Nuri Primov and Rustem Vaitov, were released, but they will face eight years of administrative supervision. The wife of the political prisoner Vaitov told the Crimean Tatar Resource Center that her husband was waiting for a long medical rehabilitation, since his health was significantly aggravated.

“By the will of Almighty Allah, tomorrow our baba (dad) will be released from the jail. Today, his lawyer Edem Semedlyaev and his brother Bilyal Vaitov will fly out to meet him. Since my husband had health problems before his arrest, these 5 years of imprisonment aggravated them, and my husband, of course, needs to be rehabilitated. Consultations of various specialists (neurologist, ophthalmologist, gastroenterologist, ultrasound specialist, ENT specialist, orthopedist, various tests, MRI of the spine, knees, sinuses and abdominal cavity)”,- Alie claimed.

Political prisoners Rustem Vaitov and Nuri Primov were sentenced to 8 years of administrative supervision. That is, they will not be able to travel outside a specific area without the permission of the precinct. According to the wife of Vaitov, this complicates a lot.

“My husband will fly to Simferopol, Allah willing. We are in the hospital in Sevastopol right now. Our dad must first get permission to come to us. We often fly with our daughter for treatment to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kurgan. We need our dad nearby. The wheelchair itself is heavy and our child weighs 20 kg. Safika and I dreamed of meeting our dad in a cosy home environment, but it turned out that we would meet him in the hospital room”,- she added.

Rustem Vaitov’s spouse expressed her special gratitude to the lawyers for the work done and all the hardships endured.

We remind that on January 23, 2015, in Crimea, Russian security forces arrested Nuri Primov, Rustem Vaitov and Ruslan Zeytullaev. They were to become the first defendants in the so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case. They were accused of violation of Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“organizing the activities of a terrorist organization and participating in it”). In September 2016, the North Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Nuri Primov to five years in a general regime penal colony. In September 2016, the North Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Rustem Vaitov to five years in a general regime penal colony.