Crimean Tatar Resource Center

Five political prisoners left under arrest

22 October 2021

On Thursday, October 22, the Military Court of Appeal in Vlasikha kept the defendants in the so-called second Simferopol Hizb ut-Tahrir case in custody. Seytveli Seytabdiev, Rustem Seytkhalilov, Ruslan Suleymanov, Asan Yanikov and Akim Bekirov will remain in jail until December 15, 2021.

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.