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Political prisoner Rustem Seytkhalilov turns 38

18 January 2022

On Tuesday, January 18, Rustem Seytkhalilov, a political prisoner and defendant in the so-called second Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case, turned 38 years old. He is forced to celebrate his birthday in captivity, where he was illegally placed by the occupation authorities of Crimea. The team of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center sincerely congratulates Rustem Seytkhalilov on his birthday! We wish you a speedy release and reunification with your family and loved ones, good health, patience, unbending will and well-being!

We remind you that on March 27, 2019, Russian security forces in the occupied Crimea carried out mass searches in 26 Crimean Tatars' dwellings. Literature was seized from some activists, which, according to Crimean Solidarity, the security forces planted themselves. In addition to books and brochures, people were confiscated phones, tablets, laptops, passports. The servicemen behaved rudely. It is reported that they used physical force against detainees and entered the houses in shoes. Lawyers who arrived at the site of the searches were not allowed to contact the detainees. According to the results of the searches, 20 people were suspected of involvement in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which is banned in the Russian Federation. On March 28, three more Crimean Tatar activists were detained, in whose dwellings searches were carried out in their absence. On March 27-28, the occupation court arrested all 23 detainees after searches. They chose a preventive measure in the form of detention. They chose a measure of restraint in the form of detention until May 15. All of the detainees were accused of being members of the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization banned in the Russian Federation. Later, the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for Human Rights, Liudmyla Denisova, reported that the detainees were assigned to five pre-trial detention centers in the Rostov Region. On May 13 and 14, courts in the Rostov region and the occupied Crimea extended the arrest period for all 24 detained Crimean Tatars until August 15. At the same time, the so-called Kyiv District Court of Simferopol extended the measure of restraint in the form of detention until August 15 to the Crimean Tatar activist Raim Ayvazov, who was detained in April at the Kalanchak checkpoint. He was included in the criminal case against 23 Crimean Tatars detained on March 27, 2019.