3 years ago, on January 23, 2015, Russian security forces arrested Rustem Vaitov, Nuri (Yuriy) Primov and Ruslan Zeytullaev in Crimea. They became the first figurants of the trumped-up “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”. Everyone was charged with Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“organization of activities of a terrorist organization and participation in it”). Russian court sentenced Vaitov and Primov to five years in prison in the correctional colony of the general regime, Zeytullaev – to fifteen years of a strict-regime colony.
Ruslan Zeytullaev: "I am grateful to my people, who treat the situation around us and our loved ones with special attention and understanding, who appeared to be in a very difficult situation". Unfortunately, my nation is also in a very difficult situation, but I know one rule,which sounds like this: "What does not kill us, makes us stronger." May Allah make my nation stronger due to all the tests that we are undergoing".
Abdureshit Dzhepparov, member of the contact group for human rights in Crimea: "The goal is to intimidate everyone so they would live in fearhere, in despair and they want to make some radical Islamists , terrorists from us, to turn us into this shape and give us such color".
Refat Chubarov, the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people: "Their only "fault" is that they are Crimean Tatars, Muslims, devoted to their homeland, their people and the faith of their fathers".