“Rustem Vaitov looks like a person who served five years in the colony. That is why, first of all, we will direct to the diagnostic center, where he is going to have magnetic resonance imaging. Tomorrow, in the afternoon, we will be at home, in Crimea,” Edem Semedlyaev, the lawyer of Rustem, said.
Besides, Vaitov became the first prisoner from Crimea who completely served the sentence in this case.
In September 2016, Rustem Vaitov was sentenced to five years of imprisonment.
Hizb ut-Tahrir is a radical, international, pan-Islamic political organisation, which describes its "ideology as Islam", and its aim as the re-establishment of "the Islamic Khilafah (Caliphate)" or Islamic state. It is legal in Ukraine and in all western countries (except Germany where there was an administrative ban on forming a German branch, not a criminal ban).
Russia’s Supreme Court declared it ‘terrorist’ in a 2003 judgement which was long kept secret, preventing the organization itself and rights NGOs from appealing against it.