Eskender Abdulhaniev was forced to take Russian citizenship in prison

March 8, 2023

Political prisoner Eskender Abdulhaniev, sentenced to 12 years in prison, was tried to be forced to accept Russian citizenship. It is reported by the Crimean Solidarity.

On the morning of March 3, Alan Kachmazov, Eskender’s lawyer, visited him at Vladimirsky Central. Despite the early arrival, the lawyer was allowed to meet with the political prisoner only around the evening.

“I repeatedly approached, called the duty unit, tried to get through to the management of the institution. I called an employee, and I talked. I told him that until I saw my client, I would not leave. As a result, I came by six in the evening and talked with Eskender for literally 10 minutes”,- said Alan Kachmazov.

Eskender Abdulhaniev managed to tell that he was transferred to the repair building, where it is constantly cold. There he is with 7 other people.

“Eskender assumes that he was moved there after he refused the offer to take Russian citizenship and the oath. He has been in this building for about two months”,- the lawyer said.

We remind you that on February 14, 2019, Russian security forces conducted searches in the dwellings of Crimean Tatars in the village of Oktiabrske of Krasnohvardiiske district. Three men were detained and taken to the FSB. Criminal proceedings were instituted against them on suspicion of organizing and participating in the activities of the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation.

On February 15, the so-called Kyiv District Court of Simferopol arrested Eskender Abdulhaniev, Rustem Emiruseinov and Arsen Abkhairov detained after a search of the Crimean Tatars on suspicion of membership in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which was banned in Russia.

On November 3, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don announced the verdict to the defendants in the so-called Krasnohvardiiske Hizb ut-Tahrir case. Rustem Emiruseinov was sentenced to 17 years behind bars, Arsen Abkhairov – to 13, and Eskender Abdulhaniev – to 12. Political prisoners are forced to serve the first two years in prison.