Gafarov is accused of the participation in the illegal armed formation and participation in the economic blockade of Crimea.
According to the prosecution, a citizen of Zhemchuzhyna village Gafarov participated in the Crimean Tatar volunteer battalion named after Noman Chelebidzhikhan (now it is public association Asker) and he was a partaker of the economic blockade of Crimea in 2016-2018.
Gafarov was detained in Crimea on October 30, 2018. He denied the charges and said that organizer of the battalion and owner of ATR TV channel Lenur Isliamov offered him to enter the battalion but he refused and later left the work at the TV channel. He worked in Kyiv and later returned to Crimea.
The prosecution asked 12 years in jail for Gafarov.
Crimea was annexed by Russia by way of the illegal referendum that was held on the peninsula in March 2014. Earlier, the Russian military captured all strategic military objects and buildings of the key authoritative bodies. Neither Ukraine nor the rest of the civilized countries recognized the results of the referendum. A number of the European and the world countries, including Ukraine, imposed the economic sanctions against Russia.