Statement of the CTRC in connection with the verdict to the defendants in the so-called Krasnohvardiiske Hizb ut-Tahrir case

November 3, 2020

On November 03, 2020, in the Southern District Military Court of the Russian Federation in Rostov-on-Don, the verdict was announced to the defendants in the so-called Krasnohvardiiske Hizb ut-Tahrir case.

Rustem Emiruseinov was found guilty of committing a crime under Part 1 of Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment. 2 years in prison and 15 years in a strict regime colony.

Arsen Abkhairov was found guilty of committing a crime under Part 2 of Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and sentenced to 13 years in prison. 2 years in prison and 11 years in a strict regime colony.

Eskender Abdulhaniev was found guilty of committing a crime under Part 2 of Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and sentenced to 12 years in prison. 2 years in prison and 10 years in a strict regime colony.

On February 14, 2019, Russian security forces conducted mass searches in the dwellings of representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people in the occupied Crimea. As a result, Rustem Emiruseinov, Arsen Abkhairov, Eskender Abdulhaniev were detained. They were charged under Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Participation in the activities of an organization recognized as terrorist in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.”

By the decision of the so-called Kyiv District Court of Simferopol, all the detainees were arrested and kept for more than 1.5 years in a pre-trial detention center on trumped-up and unfounded charges.

On January 9, 2020, a decision was made on the illegal transfer of the defendants in the so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case from the Crimea to Rostov-on-Don.

The defendants in this case are activists of the Crimean Tatar people and the Crimean Solidarity public association.

Rustem Emiruseinov (born in 1979) – entrepreneur, activist, father of three minor children.

Arsen Abkhairov (born in 1987) – entrepreneur, activist, father of two minor children.

Eskender Abdulhaniev (born in 1997) – a loader, not married.

All of the so-called defendants reject terrorism charges and claim that they are being persecuted for political and religious reasons. In their resolutions, the UN General Assembly and the European Parliament have repeatedly called on the Russian Federation to immediately release all political prisoners in Crimea, including those involved in this case.

The indictment is based on the testimony of the  so-called hidden witnesses and the conclusion of experts who actively cooperate with the FSB. The activists are accused of involvement in activities banned in the Russian Federation by the organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has no restrictions on its activities in most countries of the world.

The so-called case was considered in gross violation of international law. The so-called accused were systematically infringed on the right to liberty and security of person, the right to a fair trial, the right to healthcare access, the right to respect for private and family life, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of expression, and were subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment. Also, within the framework of this so-called case, the right to punishment was violated solely on the basis of the law, since the Russian Federation, as an occupying state in accordance with the IV Geneva Convention, has no right to extend its criminal legislation in the occupied territory of Crimea.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center strongly protests and declares that the decision is illegal, politically motivated and criminal.

This policy of the Russian Federation is a demonstration of the fight against dissent, as well as the religious and political beliefs of the people in the occupied Crimea. In addition, the decision of the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don testifies to the ongoing repression and pressure on the indigenous Crimean Tatar people.

The Russian Federation misuses its legislation for political purposes, in particular, with the aim of suppressing the non-violent struggle of the Crimean Tatars and their protest against the occupation of Crimea.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center demands the cancellation of the verdict of the defendants in the so-called Krasnohvardiiske Hizb ut-Tahrir case and the immediate release of other political prisoners.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center calls on the international community to increase pressure on the Russian Federation in order to end political persecution in Crimea, as well as to impose personal sanctions against those responsible for human rights violations on the territory of Crimea.

Press Service of the Crimean Tatar Resource Cente