Occupation authorities do not provide any medical assistance to Ukrainian political prisoners – Denisova

March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020In the context of the spread of coronavirus, the Russian Federation for more than two weeks has not provided any medical assistance to political prisoners Server Mustafayev and Ernest Ametov, who complain about their health. Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Liudmyla Denisova appealed to the Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova with a request to conduct the necessary analyses of the persons involved in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case. The Ukrainian Ombudswoman announced this via her Facebook page.

Despite the fact that Server Mustafayev filed a petition with the court demanding that doctors be called in to conduct the necessary tests, including for coronavirus and establish an accurate diagnosis of his state of health, medical assistance to a citizen of Ukraine has not been provided," the statement said.

Denisova called on the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, Tatyana Moskalkova, to immediately provide qualified check of the health condition of our fellow citizens and provide them with the necessary medical care, taking into account the coronavirus test.

“I ask  the representatives of international human rights organizations to use all available levers of influence on the aggressor country – Russian Federation in order to ensure compliance with the fundamental right to life of illegally detained citizens of Ukraine guaranteed by the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,” she added.

We remind that on October 11, 2017, in the city of Bakhchisaray, the invaders carried out mass searches in 6 dwellings of the Crimean Tatars – Marlen Asanov, Seyran Saliiev, Timur Ibrahimov, Memet Belyalov, Ernest Ametov, Server Zekiryaev. Everyone was detained. They were charged under Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation "Participation in the activities of an organization that, in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, is recognized as terrorist."

On May 21, 2018, Russian security forces raided the homes of activists of the Crimean Solidarity public association in the occupied Crimea, as a result of which Server Mustafayev and Edem Smailov were detained. They are also accused of participating in the organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation.

In February 2019, a criminal case was opened against eight persons involved in the second Bakhchisaray “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” – Marlen Asanov, Seyran Saliiev, Timur Ibrahimov, Memet Belyalov, Ernest Ametov, Server Zekiryaev, Server Mustafayev and Edem Smailov (violent seizure of power or violent retention of power).

On March 5, it became known that the two defendants in the second Bakhchisaray “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” – Timur Ibrahimov and Memet Belyalov – had been tightened the charge from part two of Art. 205.5 of the Criminal Code ("participation in the activities of a terrorist organization") to the first part ("organization of the activities of a terrorist organization").