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Crimean Tatar activist gets 15 years in Russian prison
22:50, 27 July 2017
Crimean Tatar activist gets 15 years in Russian prison

Ruslan Zeitullayev is charged with ‘terrorism’ and alleged membership in Hizb-Ut Tahrir organization

22:50, 27 July 2017

Facebook Anton Naumlyuk

Ruslan Zeitullayev, Crimean Tatar activist who is now held in the pre-trial detention facility in Rostov got sentenced to 15 years-long imprisonment. Journalist Anton Naumlyuk reported that on Facebook.

In September 2016, North Caucasus military district court announced verdicts in cases of four Crimean Tatars - Ruslan Zeitullayev, Ferat Saifullayev, Rustem Vagitov and Nuri Primov.  All four were detained the Russian-annexed Crimea under charges with ‘terrorism’ and alleged membership in Hizb-Ut Tahrir, the infamous terrorist organization. They were also accused of creating a cell of this organization in Crimea.

Emil Kurbedinov, the lawyer of Zeitullayev described this decision as ‘a disgrace’. He also said the defendant made a speech at the court session on Thursday, commenting on the Russian authorities’ vision of terrorism; it is ‘so much distorted that innocent people find themselves in the dock, though these people never blew anything up, never put anything on fire and never took hostages’.  

Related: Five Crimean Tatars stay in detention as ‘members of Hizb-Ut Tahrir’

Related: Hizb ut-Tahrir case: Rostov court sentenced four Crimean Tatars to 7 and 5 years in prison

Related: Lawyer: Russia tries to classify ‘Hizb Ut-Tahrir case in Crimea’

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