Political prisoner Ruslan Nagaev placed in solitary confinement

June 3, 2020

After transferring the so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case defendant Ruslan Nagaev from the occupied Crimea to Rostov-on-Don, the political prisoner was placed in a punishment cell for 5 days. It is reported by the Crimean Solidarity public association.

“During the day, he covered himself with a blanket in his cell because it was very cold and he had to warm up in this way. This event served as the basis for sending him to the punishment cell. I’m sure that our clients are strong-willed and this kind of torture will not be a reason for them to break down. They will continue the peaceful struggle to assert their rights”,- said lawyer Ayder Azamatov.

The lawyer emphasizes that political prisoners are deliberately placed in special units, punishment cells and thus exert pressure.

We remind that on June 10, Russian security forces conducted mass searches in the dwellings of Crimean Tatars in Alushta, Bilohirsk and Simferopol. As a result, 8 people were detained on suspicion of their involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation. On June 10 and 11, the so-called Kyiv District Court of Simferopol chose a preventive measure in the form of detention until August 5 for the Crimean Tatars detained after searches – Riza Omerov, Enver Omerov, Ayder Dzhepparov, Eskender Suleimanov, Ruslan Nagaev, Eldar Kantimirov, Ruslan Mensutov and Lenur Khalilov. On October 31, the so-called Kyiv District Court of Simferopol once again extended their arrest until February 5, 2020.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center calls on the international community, international human rights organizations to increase pressure on the Russian Federation and the occupation authorities of Crimea in order to stop political persecution and cancel the previously issued court decisions.