Crimean Tatar Resource Center

Defendants in the so-called Krasnohvardiiske Hizb ut-Tahrir case were transferred to Novocherkassk

13 January 2021

The defendants in the Krasnohvardiiske Hizb ut-Tahrir case, who were previously imprisoned for a term of 12 to 17 years, were transferred from the Rostov-on-Don pre-trial detention center to Novocherkassk. Political prisoners complain about inhuman conditions of detention. This was reported by the Crimean Solidarity public association.

It is noted that Arsen Abkhairov and Eskender Abdulhaniev complain about disgusting conditions of detention: very cold, very damp, fungus on the walls. The political prisoner Eskender Abdulhaniev has not yet been given a blanket, he hides himself with anything - jackets and other clothes, because it is very cold.

We remind that on February 14, 2019, Russian security forces conducted searches in the dwellings of Crimean Tatars in the village of Oktiabrske of Krasnohvardiisk 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.