Crimean Tatar Resource Center

Political prisoner Ayvazov’s lawyer was assigned without his agreement

9 June 2021

On Tuesday, June 8, the Southern District Military Court held a court session on the so-called second Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case, during which political prisoner Raim Ayvazov had a lawyer assigned to him, while his defender Maria Eismont is sick with coronavirus. This was reported by the Crimean Solidarity public association.

We remind 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. Subsequently, all the individuals involved in this so-called case were repeatedly extended the terms of their arrest.