Crimean Tatar Ruslan Zeitullayev who currently serves time in Russia turned to the UN, asking the organization to put more pressure on the Russian government – so that the illegally detained Ukrainians would eventually walk free.
Zeitullayev’s letter was published on the official Twitter page of Ukraine’s permanent delegation in the UN.
‘Over the last three years, the Crimean peninsula has been falling under the legal framework of the Russian Federation; illegal and unconstitutional decisions have been made on the behalf of Russia. I’m asking you to continue to put every legal sort of pressure on the Russian government until all Ukrainian citizens illegally detained by Russia are released and the rights and freedoms of the Crimean Tatars are observed,’ Zeitullayev wrote.
Volodymyr Yelchenko, the permanent representative of Ukraine in the UN, said that Zeitullayev’s appeal has been handed over to the organization’s Secretary General.
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 of ‘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.
The Supreme Court of Russia vacated the sentence of Zeitullayev and ordered the retrial on December 27. The Prosecutor of Russian requested to17 years of imprisonment for Zeitullayev.
The North Caucasus military district court sentenced Zeitullayev to 12 years of imprisonment at the colony with the strict regime on April 26.