CTRC: 35 Crimean Tatars arrested for religious belief since start of 2019

Russian riot police surround Crimean Tatar homes, March 2019. Photo: Crimean Solidarity

Russian riot police surround Crimean Tatar homes, March 2019. Russia's occupation of Crimea was a reason for suspending the Russian delegation to PACE; despite the ongoing occupation of Crimea, PACE voted to reinstate the Russian delegation in 2019.

Photo: Crimean Solidarity 

Crimea, International, Russian Aggression

Translated by: Christine Chraibi

After the Russian annexation of Crimea in February 2014, Russian security services began arresting suspected members of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Their attorneys argue that the arrests are due to religious persecution against Crimean Muslims. The Crimean Tatar Resource Center reports that, since the beginning of 2019, Russian authorities have arrested 35 Crimean Tatars on suspicion of involvement and subversive activities in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which is banned in the Russian Federation.

Crimean Tatars of the Krasnohvardiysk and Second Simferopol “Hizb ut-Tahrir Case”

Krasnohvardiysk Hizb utTahrir Case” (February 14, 2019):

  1. Arsen Abkhairov;
  2. Eskender Abdulhaniev;
  3. Rustem Emiruseinov;

Second Simferopol “Hizb ut-Tahrir Case”

  1. Remzi Bekirov;
  2. Shaban Umerov;
  3. Riza Izetov;
  4. Ruslan Suleymanov;
  5. Seyran Murtaza;
  6. Enver Ametov;
  7. Medzhit Abdurakhmanov;
  8. Rustem Seytkhalilov;
  9. Osman Arifmemetov;
  10. Vladlen Abdulkadyrov;
  11. Servet Gaziev;
  12. Seytveli Seytabdiev;
  13. Rustem Sheikhaliev;
  14. Belyal Adilov;
  15. Farhod Bazarov;
  16. Akim Bekirov;
  17. Dzhemil Gafarov;
  18. Erfan Osmanov;
  19. Asan Yanikov;
  20. Alim Kerimov;
  21. Tofik Abdulgaziev;
  22. Izzet Abdullaev;
  23. Yashar Muedinov;
  24. Raim Ayvazov;

Crimean Tatars detained after mass armed searches in Alushta, Bilohirsk and Simferopol on June 10, 2019:

  1. Riza Omerov;
  2. Enver Omerov;
  3. Aider Dzhepparov;
  4. Eskender Suleymanov;
  5. Ruslan Nahaiev;
  6. Eldar Kantimirov;
  7. Ruslan Mensutov;
  8. Lenur Khalilov.

In addition, human rights organizations have recorded cases of persecution against persons suspected of belonging to  Jehovah’s Witnesses, which is banned in the Russian Federation. The Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea Clement and the UOC have also been targeted.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center underlines the fact that the actions of the occupation authorities are illegal, politically motivated and criminal, and that the arrest of Crimean Tatar activists is an example of xenophobia against the indigenous people of Crimea.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center demands the immediate release of all political prisoners in Crimea, and calls on the international community, international human rights organizations to increase pressure on the Russian Federation and the occupation authorities of Crimea in order to stop political persecution and cancel the unlawful court decisions.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi

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