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Released Crimean Tatar Bekirov had heart surgery; he stays at intensive care

According to his daughter, the surgery lasted five hours
10:30, 11 September 2019

Edem Bekirov, released political prisoner
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Released political prisoner Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov had heart surgery as his daughter Eleonora Bekirova reported on Facebook.

According to her, the surgery was held at the cardiac unit; it lasted five hours. Now Bekirov stays at the intensive care,

“Nine months in the captivity in the remand center has taken its toll on him. It concerns not only health but also the psychological state. The psychologist will work with him; I hope he will help him to recover mentally,” Eleonora Bekirova noted.

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Crimean Tatar activist Bekirov, who was illegally detained in the Simferopol pretrial detention center, was forced to testify against Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, national leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev, and director of the ATR TV channel (Crimean Tatar media) Lenur Islyamov.

Bekirov is one of the Crimean Tatar civil activists in the village of Novo-Oleksiyivka (Kherson region). His wife Gulnara is a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People.

He was accused under Part 2 of Article 222 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of weapons, their main parts, ammunition).

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On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 

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