Political prisoner Nariman Memedeminov transferred to Russian colony – wife

June 4, 2020

The civil journalist Nariman Memedemininov, who was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, was transferred to a penal colony in the Rostov region of Russia, but the exact address is not yet known. The Crimean Tatar Resource Center was informed about this by his wife Ilmara.

“We became aware that Nariman was transferred to a settlement colony, we don’t know the exact address yet. There is information that he is in a settlement colony in the Rostov Region”,- she said.

The spouse also emphasized that they are doing everything possible to return Nariman back home as soon as possible.

“Regarding conditional early release: we are doing everything possible to return Nariman back home as soon as possible, but since the case is politically motivated, the result can be unpredictable, but we believe that Nariman has a chance to get conditional early release”,- Ilmara added.

 Two years ago, on March 22, Russian security officials ransacked the dwelling of an activist of Crimean Solidarity, a civil journalist Nariman Memedeminov in the village of Kholmivka, Bakhchisaray district. On October 2, the Southern District Military Court sentenced the journalist to 2 years and 6 months of imprisonment in a penal colony, and also banned his administration of the websites for two years. For two years now, Memedeminov has been illegally detained.

According to his wife, the search was carried out in a harsh manner, security officials broke down the front door and used obscene words. The man himself was detained on suspicion of public calls for terrorist activities. In relation to Nariman Memedeminov, the right to a fair trial was repeatedly violated, in particular, the period of detention was regularly extended and rejected appeals. The right to the healthcare access was also violated. On September 27, in the North Caucasus District Military Court, the “prosecutor” demanded to sentence the civil journalist Nariman Memedeminov to six years in prison. On October 2, a hearing was held in the Southern District Military Court on the so-called Nariman Memedeminov case, during which the court sentenced him to 2 years and 6 months in prison in a settlement colony, and also prohibited his administration of the websites for two years.