Political prisoner Nariman Dzhelialov turns 43

April 27, 2023

On Thursday, April 27, political prisoner, First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Nariman Dzhelialov turned 43 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 Nariman Dzhelialov 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 Nariman Dzhelialov was found guilty of committing a crime under paragraphs a, b of part 2 of Art. 281 (commission of sabotage by an organized group, resulting in significant property damage), Part 4 of Art. 222.1 (illegal acquisition, storage and transportation of explosive devices committed by an organized group), Part 3 of Art. 226.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (illegal transportation of an explosive device through the customs border of the Customs Union within the framework of the EurAsEC, committed by an organized group) and sentenced to 17 years in prison, a fine of 700 thousand rubles and restriction of freedom for 1.5 years.

Consideration of the case took place with a gross violation of international law. The defendant was systematically restricted in the right to liberty and security of person, the right to a fair trial, the right to an effective remedy, the right to respect for private and family life, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of expression, was subjected to inhuman and such which demeans the dignity of treatment.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center strongly protests and states that this decision is illegal, politically motivated and criminal.

Such a policy of the Russian Federation is a demonstration of the fight against dissent, as well as the religious and political beliefs of people in the occupied Crimea. In addition, the decision of the Supreme Court of Crimea testifies to the ongoing repression and pressure on the indigenous Crimean Tatar people.

The Russian Federation unlawfully uses its legislation for political purposes, in particular to suppress the non-violent struggle of the Crimean Tatars and their protest against the occupation of Crimea, as well as the persecution of members of the representative body of the indigenous people of Crimea – the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center demands that Nariman Dzhelialov’s sentence to the immediate release of other political prisoners be cancelled.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center calls on the international community to increase pressure on the Russian Federation to stop political persecution in Crimea, as well as to impose personal sanctions against those responsible for human rights violations in Crimea.