Russia since 2014 has deliberately searched for terrorists in Crimea – Dzheppar

June 23, 2020

First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar said that since 2014 Russia has deliberately searched for the so-called terrorists in the occupied Crimea and fuels the myth of “Islamic extremism” and the heroic fight against it. She wrote about this via her page on Facebook.

Emine Dzheppar noted that on June 22, the Russian Federation again demonstrated directorial and stage ability at the court session, where appeals of court sentences were examined on the defendants in the so-called Yalta Hizb ut-Tahrir case.

“Since 2014, Russia has deliberately searched for the so-called terrorists in Crimea and … has finally found them. This way it fuels the myth of “Islamic extremism” and the heroic fight against it. So Russia terrorizes our citizens in Crimea”,- the message said.

We remind that Emir-Huseyn Kuku, Vadim Siruk, Muslim Aliev, Enver Bekirov, Arsen Dzhepparov and Refat Alimov are accused of participation in the organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned in the Russian Federation. They are 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”). Later they began to impute Article 278 of the Criminal Code ("Forced seizure of power or forcible retention of power"). On October 11, during a court session in the Southern District Military Court of Rostov-on-Don, the prosecutor requested 13 to 20 years in prison for the so-called Yalta “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” defendants. On November 12, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don announced the sentence. Muslim Aliev and Enver Bekirov were sentenced to 19 and 18 years in a maximum security penal colony, Emir-Huseyn Kuku and Vadim Siruk – to 12 years, Refat Alimov – to 8 years, Arsen Dzhepparov – to 7 years.