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In the occupied Crimea, 89 people are being persecuted in the so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case - CTRC

15 June 2022

After the occupation of Crimea, the Russian Federation actively practices religious persecution on the peninsula. According to the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, 89 people are being prosecuted in the so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case, 86 of them are representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people. 55 of them are serving sentences in Russian prisons and colonies, and 30 are in pre-trial detention facilities, 3 have been released.

On February 14, 2003, the Supreme Tribunal of the Russian Federation, having considered in a closed court session a civil case at the request of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, recognized 15 Islamic organizations as terrorist, including Hizb ut-Tahrir, and banned their activities on the territory of the Russian Federation. The reasoning part of the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation does not contain any data on the terrorist activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir in accordance with the definition of terrorism. This decision was made in violation of the basic principles of a fair trial: publicity and equality of means.

The accusations in these so-called cases are based on the testimony of hidden witnesses and the conclusions of experts actively cooperating with the FSB of the Russian Federation. The only evidence is forbidden Islamic literature found during the searches, FSB intelligence and audio recordings, which allegedly recorded that the convicts were discussing religious and political topics. The activists are accused of involvement in activities banned in the Russian Federation by the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which has no restrictions on its activities in most countries of the world.

Such a policy of the Russian Federation is a demonstration of the fight against dissent, as well as the religious and political beliefs of people in the occupied Crimea.

The Russian Federation misuses its legislation for political purposes, in particular to suppress the non-violent struggle of the Crimean Tatars and their protest against the occupation of Crimea. Moreover, the occupiers are intensifying repressions against those involved in the so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case, increasing the sentences to 19 years, appointing the first years of serving in prisons, putting political prisoners on professional records.

From the point of view of Hizb ut-Tahrir, not a single country in the Western world, including Russia, meets the criteria for where a caliphate can arise. Moreover, the organization notes its rejection of terrorist methods in its activities, and in the 75 years of its existence not a single terrorist attack or armed violence has been organized.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center demands the cancelation of all sentences against those involved in the 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 stop political persecution in Crimea, as well as to impose personal sanctions against those responsible for human rights violations in the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea.

During the entire occupation of the peninsula, 14 waves of detentions of Crimean Tatars were carried out, involved in the so-called Hizb ut-Tahrir case:

- Sevastopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case - 2015

- Yalta of Hizb ut-Tahrir case - 2016

- Bakhchysarai Hizb ut-Tahrir case - 2016

- Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case - 2016

- Second Bakhchysarai Hizb ut-Tahrir case - 2017

- Krasnohvardiiske Hizb ut-Tahrir case - 2019

- Second Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case - 2019

- Bilohirsk Hizb ut-Tahrir case – 2019

- Alushta Hizb ut-Tahrir case - 2019

- Third Bakhchysarai Hizb ut-Tahrir case - 2020

- Fourth Bakhchysarai Hizb ut-Tahrir - 2020

- Hizb ut-Tahrir Case of February 17, 2021

– Second Sevastopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case – 2021

- Third Sevastopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case - 2022

Among the defendants in these so-called cases there are already those who have served their sentences and are in colonies / prisons and pre-trial detention centers.

In colonies/prisons:

• Ruslan Zeytullaev

• Enver Bekirov

• Muslim Aliev

• Emir-Huseyn Kuku

• Vadim Siruk

• Refat Alimov

• Arsen Dzhepparov

• Enver Mamutov

• Zevri Abseitov

• Remzi Memetov

• Rustem Abiltarov

• Teymur Abdullaev

• Rustem Ismailov

• Uzeir Abdullaev

• Ayder Saledinov

• Emil Dzhemadenov

• Marlen Asanov

• Memet Belyalov

• Timur Ibrahimov

• Seyran Saliiev

• Server Mustafayev

• Server Zakiryaev

• Edem Smailov

• Rustem Emiruseinov

• Arsen Abkhairov

• Eskender Abdulganiev

• Tofik Abdulgaziev

• Izzet Abdullayev

• Vladlen Abdulkadyrov

• Medzhit Abdurakhmanov

• Bilyal Adilov

• Farhod Bazarov

• Akim Bekirov

• Remzi Bekirov

• Riza Izetov

• Seytveli Seytabdiev

• Shaban Umerov

• Asan Yanikov

• Raim Aivazov

• Enver Omerov

• Riza Omerov

• Ayder Dzhepparov

• Eldar Kantimirov

• Ruslan Nagaev

• Eskender Suleymanov

• Ruslan Mesutov

• Lenur Khalilov

• Seytumer Seytumerov

• Amet Suleymanov

• Rustem Seitmemetov

• Osman Seytumerov

• Vadym Bektemyrov

• Zekirya Muratov

• Emil Ziyadynov

• Lenur Seydametov

• Tymur Yalkabov

In jail:

• Ernest Ametov

• Enver Ametov

• Osman Arifmemetov

• Servet Gaziev

• Dzhemil Gafarov

• Alim Kerimov

• Seyran Murtaza

• Erfan Osmanov

• Yashar Muedinov

• Rustem Seitkhalilov

• Ruslan Suleymanov

• Rustem Sheykhaliev

• Ismet Ibragimov

• Alim Sufianov

• Seyran Khairetdynov

• Azamat Eyupov

• Ernest Ibragimov

• Lenur Seydametov

• Oleh Fedorov

• Yashar Shykhametov

• Timur Yalkabov

• Raif Fevziev

• Dzhabbar Bekirov

• Zaur Abdullaev

• Rustem Murasov

• Rustem Tairov

• Ansar Osmanov

• Ametkhan Abdulvapov

• Marlen Mustafayev

• Ernest Seitosmanov

Under home arrest:

Oleksandr Syzykov

Released but  have restrictions:

• Rustem Vaitov

• Nuri Primov

• Ferat Sayfullaev

Acquitted and then re-arrested:

• Ernes Ametov

We remind you that Hizb ut-Tahrir - the Party of Liberation - declares itself as an international Islamic political party, the purpose of which is to restore the Islamic way of life by creating a global Islamic theocratic state (Caliphate). The organization was established in the early 1950s in the Middle East, and currently its activities are carried out in at least 58 countries of the world, including Ukraine.