Russian FSB plants “prohibited literature” to imprison Crimean Tatar activists for ten years or higher

Russian FSB plants “prohibited literature” to imprison Crimean Tatar activists for ten years or higher

Russia has performed a brand new revolution of armed queries and arrests in occupied Bakhchysarai, this time around focusing on two sons of a celebrated Crimean Tatar historian and a television ATR presenter, now surviving in mainland Ukraine, who’s got provided protection of political repression under Russian career. This is an evident attack on civic activists and journalists involved in the human rights initiative Crimean Solidarity and attempt to terrorize other Crimean Tatars into leaving Crimea or falling silent about persecution and other rights violations as with all such ‘operations’ over the last few years.

Armed and frequently masked officers resulted in at seven houses in the beginning 11 March, performing a search that is illegal of a house that’s not presently occupied. In typical breach of procedure, all of the attorneys who arrived to express the guys had been avoided from being current throughout the search. In one or more instance, ‘prohibited literature’ had been planted by the FSB, that was an action they demonstrably didn’t want solicitors recording.

Any particular one of the aims regarding the activities on 11 March ended up being terrorization is clear through the number that is gratuitous of and domiciles targeted. Crimean Solidarity coordinator Lutfiye Zudiyeva describes that a search had been carried from the house of Crimean Solidarity civic journalist Seydamet Mustafayev, although their name is certainly not a part of this brand new ‘case’. Not just did the enforcement officers carry on because of the search although Mustafayev himself had not been in the home, nevertheless they took their father that is elderly Mustafayev away. They usually have since released him.

The FSB were similarly well conscious that ATR presenter Seytumer Seytumerov had left Crimea after persecution in 2018 and which they would just find his senior mom in the home, yet they carried out of the search irrespective.

Four Crimean Tatars have already been arrested: the 2 sons of historian Shurki Seytumorv – Seytumer Seytumerov (also a historian) and his bro Osman Seytumerov, the two men’s uncle Rustem Seytmemetov and Amet Suleymanov. Relating to Zudiyeva, the FSB have actually, yet again, targeted activists that are civic their family relations.

Suleymanov is really a Crimean Solidarity activist and journalist (streaming information on arrests and governmental studies on the Internet). He has got recently limited such civic activism, but just due to really severe heart related illnesses. He is suffering from chronic rheumatic heart disease, aortic insufficiency, coronary artery condition as well as other conditions. A few of these imply that Russia is putting their life at risk through the occasions on 11 March and, still more, his imprisonment into the intolerable conditions for the Simferopol SIZO remand prison.

Amet Suleymanov along with his three sons – Ibrahim (now 11), Mukhammad (8) and Mansur (4)

Lawyer Edem Semedlyaev, who had been avoided from going to the search of Seytumer Seytumerov, says that “as typical, the search had been for forbidden technology” and literature. ‘Search’ should always be comprehended extremely loosely because the FSB increasingly brings the literary works together with them, after which, into the lack of solicitors, claims to have ‘found’ it. Suleymanov’s spouse reports, for instance, that the officers planted two brand new publications, especially place in guide covers, regarding the desk where kids do their schoolwork.

It is vital to stress that the FSB are actually only enthusiastic about written product or computer technology, and hardly also pretend become hunting for tools or comparable. That is of major importance considering that the four males arrested on 11 March face prison that is serious under Russia’s ‘terrorism legislation’.

The brothers, Seytumer and Osman Seytumerov, Rustem Seytmemetov and Amet Suleymanov are charged with participation in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a calm pan-islamist party which can be appropriate in Ukraine and a lot of other nations, and which just Russia has selected to call ‘terrorist’. No reason that is good ever been given to the very secretive ruling by Russia’s Supreme Court in 2003 to label Hizb ut-Tahrir ‘terrorist’, yet these charges under Article 205.5 § 2 of Russia’s criminal rule carry a phrase of from 10 to two decades’ imprisonment.

From left Seytumer Seytumerov and his brother Osman

ATR presenter Seytumer Seytumerov is, when it comes to minute, the person that is only the FSB want to label the ‘organizer’ of a Hizb ut-Tahrir team (Article 205.5 § 1) with this specific possibly holding a life phrase. Seytumerov is happily safely in mainland Ukraine, using this regrettably and therefore the FSB could attempt to pin ‘organizer’ charges on some other person as well – essentially due to their documents, and also for the bonuses, as well as promotions, that such Hizb ut-Tahrir prosecutions are recognized to bring them.

There’s absolutely no identifiable criminal activity, and none is required, considering that the FSB have their very own ‘experts’ happy to find ‘proof’ of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir in innocuous spiritual talks. They even plant ‘evidence’ in the shape of publications associated with Hizb ut-Tahrir and utilize very questionable ‘secret witnesses’ whose testimony can’t be confirmed. Since 2017, Russia happens to be quite freely making use of such fake ‘terrorism’ studies against civic activists and journalists in occupied Crimea, therefore the arrests on 11 March bring to 70 how many males either ‘convicted’ after fatally problematic trials on such fees, or dealing with huge sentences. Another seven children* have experienced their dads removed in handcuffs. Every one of the guys have actually, or will soon be announced governmental prisoners by the Memorial Human Rights Centre. The latter has over repeatedly noticed that Russia isn’t just breaching unique legislation by imprisoning guys for non-existent terrorism, it is additionally breaking worldwide law by illegally using its repressive legislation in occupied Crimea.

* Amet Suleymanov has three sons: Ibrahim (b. 16.07.2008); Mukhammad (18.10.2011) and Mansur (11.02.2016). Seytumer Seytumerov includes a two-month son that is old Suleyman (b. 14.01.2020), while Rustem Seytmemetov has three young ones – Said, that is 12, Bakhiye (b. 02.10.2013) and Beyan (27.08.2017).

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