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Imam of mosque detained after raids in annexed Crimea

The Russian officers conducted investigative measures in the mosque first and then in the Imam’s house
19:23, 15 April 2019

Krym.Realii

The Russian enforcers detained Imam Rustem Abilev near Sevastopol after his house had been searched in Shturmove village, as Crimean Solidarity reported on Facebook.

“Rustem was detained after searchers,” the report said.

According to Crimean lawyer Rustem Kamilev, the imam has been transferred to the department of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.

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“Rustem Abilev was detained and then transferred to the FSB department in Sevastopol. It is unclear what has happened to him. The relatives refused to give any comments and said they would solve this by themselves. Possibly, the search occurred due to as if calls for terrorism or extremism. Those are different articles. I cannot give accurate information,” the lawyer said to Krym.Realii.

According to Kamilev, it is highly likely that the criminal proceeding will be launched against Abilev.

Earlier, searches were conducted in Shturmove village, Sevastopol in the house of Imam Rustem Abilev.

As it was noted, the investigative measures were carried out in the mosque first, Rustem Abilev is its Imam. Then, the law enforcers continued raiding his house.

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