The Norwegian Helsinki Committee spoke out in defense of political prisoner Ruslan Suleymanov

December 6, 2022

The human rights organization Norwegian Helsinki Committee published a post in support of imprisoned civilian journalist Ruslan Suleymanov, who was sentenced to 14 years in a strict regime colony in Russia. It was reported by the Crimean Solidarity.

The organization published a post with a photo of Ruslan Suleymanov and the caption: Father of four children, physics teacher, 14 years in prison. Ruslan was arrested and sentenced to 14 years in prison for wanting justice for Crimeans. Ruslan says he misses his family and is looking forward to returning and fighting for his homeland.

On her own Twitter account, Berit Lindeman, Secretary General of the Norwegian Committee, expressed support for Suleimanov in the Hizb Ut-Tahrir case, backing this up with a demand to release the political prisoner: I am proud to support him. Freedom for Ruslan!

We remind you that on March 27, 2019, Russian security forces in the occupied Crimea conducted mass searches in 26 houses of Crimean Tatars. Literature was confiscated from some activists, which, according to Crimean Solidarity, the security forces themselves planted. In addition to books and brochures, phones, tablets, laptops, and passports were confiscated from people. The security forces behaved rudely. They reportedly used physical force against the detainees. They entered the house in shoes. Lawyers who arrived at the site of the searches were not allowed to see their clients. According to the results, 20 people were detained, who are suspected of involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation. On March 28, three more Crimean Tatar activists were detained, and searches were carried out in their homes in their absence. On March 27-28, the occupation court arrested all 23 Crimean Tatar activists detained after searches. They chose a measure of restraint in the form of detention. Subsequently, all the defendants in the so-called case were repeatedly extended the terms of arrest.