9 years ago, Reshat Ametov, a symbol of the struggle for Crimea, was forcibly kidnapped

March 3, 2023

Reshat Ametov is the first victim of Russian occupants in Crimea. 9 years ago, on March 3, 2014, Reshat Ametov was kidnapped by unknown persons in camouflage in the center of Simferopol, where he was holding a solo picket against the occupation of Crimea. The body of a man was found on March 15 in a field in the village of Zemlyanychne, Bilohirsk district, with stab wounds in the left eye socket and numerous other bodily injuries. His head was tied with tape, and his hands were handcuffed. He left behind three young children.

In April of the same year, the Investigative Committee of the Investigative Department of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Crimea opened a criminal case into the murder of Reshat Ametov. In 2015, the case was suspended. The investigation has not identified the persons involved in the murder of Reshat Ametov.

In a comment to the Crimea.Realities, Eskender Bariiev, a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the Head of the Board of the CTRC noted that this case is practically closed. Nobody is investigating it. Because, let’s say, everything indicates that it was an order from the leaders of self-defense. The executor was self-defence member, and the order was given, I think, just the same by the first persons who lead this Republic. According to Bariiev, Reshat Ametov is a symbol of the 2014 struggle for the integrity of Ukraine against Russian aggression.

In May 2017, the 5th President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree conferring the title of Hero of Ukraine on Reshat Ametov.