On January 24 Reshat Ametov would turn 43

January 24, 2018

Reshat Ametov – the first victim of Russian occupiers in Crimea. On March 3, 2014 Reshat Ametov was abducted by unknown persons in camouflage uniforms in the center of Simferopol, where he held one-man protest against the occupation of the peninsula. Ametov’s body was found on March 15 in the field of Zemlyanichnoye village of Belogorsk region with stabs and cut wounds in the eye, with numerous signs of body tortures. The head was tied with sticky tape and he had handcuffs on his hands. He had three little children.

In April, the Investigative Committee of the Investigation Department of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Crimea opened a criminal case. In 2015, the case was suspended. The "investigation" has failed to identify the persons involved in the murder of Reshat Ametov.
 
In May 2017,  the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has assigned Ametov the title of Hero of Ukraine
"The story of Reshat Ametov, the father of three kids, who died aged 39,  passed away for the sake of Ukraine and  Ukrainian Crimea. He was brave enough to protest against the 'green men'. A group of criminals kidnapped him in front of dozens of people and TV cameras. Two weeks later, his body was found with the signs of torture… but he did not give up.  His courage commands respect. I have made a decision to award Ametov the title of Hero of Ukraine",  Poroshenko said.