Political prisoner Server Mustafayev has been illegally detained for 4 years

May 21, 2022

Four years ago, on May 21, 2018, Russian security forces raided the homes of activists of the Crimean Solidarity public association, as a result of which Server Mustafayev was detained. He was accused of being a member of the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation. He has been illegally detained for four years now.

On December 14, 2018, Server Mustafayev was sent to a psychiatric hospital for a so-called examination. Mustafayev himself called his placement in a psychiatric hospital punitive psychiatry.

In February 2019, Mustafayev was accused of disseminating, studying and propagating extremist ideology.

On September 12, 2019, eight defendants in the so-called second Bakhchysarai Hizb ut-Tahrir case – Marlen Asanov, Server Zakiryaev, Memet Belyalov, Seyran Saliiev, Ernes Ametov, Timur Ibrahimov, Edem Smailov and Server Mustafayev – were transferred from Crimea to Rostov-on-Don.

On September 16, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don announced the verdict of the defendants in the second Bakhchysarai Hizb ut-Tahrir case. Marlen Asanov was sentenced to 19 years in a penal colony, Memet Belyalov to 18, Timur Ibrahimov to 17, Seyran Saliiev to 16, Server Mustafayev to 14, Server Zakiryaev and Edem Smailov to 13. Ernest Ametov was found not guilty and released in the courtroom.