Four years ago, on February 11, 2016, the Russian security forces conducted mass searches in Crimea. As a result, Emir-Huseyn Kuku, Muslim Aliev, Vadim Siruk and Enver Bekirov were detained. They are accused of participating in Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which is prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation, and charged with article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Organization of the activities of a terrorist organization and participation in it”) and article 278 of the Criminal Code (“Forced seizure of power or forcible retention of power”). Later, a Russian court sentenced Muslim Aliev and Enver Bekirov to 19 and 18 years in a maximum-security colony, and Emir-Huseyn Kuku and Vadim Siruk to 12 years.
Previously, on December 5, 2017, the defendants in Yalta "Hizb ut-Tahrir case" Emir-Huseyn Kuku, Vadim Siruk, Muslim Aliev, Enver Bekirov, Arsen Dzhepparov, and Refat Alimov were transferred to Rostov-on-Don through Krasnodar.
On November 22, 2018, the North Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don returned Yalta "Hizb ut-Tahrir case" for re-examination to the "prosecutor" in Crimea.
In December 2018, six defendants in Yalta "Hizb ut-Tahrir case" were transferred from Russia to the annexed Crimea as their case was returned for further investigation.
On October 11, during a question-and-answer session in the Southern District Military Court of Rostov-on-Don, the prosecutor requested 13 to 20 years in prison for the defendants in Yalta Hizb ut-Tahrir case. On November 12, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don announced the verdict. Muslim Aliev and Enver Bekirov were sentenced to 19 and 18 years in a maximum-security colony, Emir-Huseyn Kuku and Vadim Siruk – to 12 years, Refat Alimov – to 8, Arsen Dzhepparov – to 7.