In Russia the Crimean Tatars were sentenced to long terms in a maximum-security prison


The Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don on November 12 sentenced six residents of the Yalta region to imprisonment in a penal colony.

According to the court ruling, Muslim Aliyev was sentenced to 19 years in prison, Inver Bekirov received 18 years, Emir-Usein Kuku – 12 years, Vadim Siruk – 12 years, Arsen Dzhepparov – 7 years and Refat Alimov – 8 years.     

More than a hundred people came to support Crimeans, and a representative of the international non-governmental organisation “Amnesty International” and the Consul General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don Taras Malyshevsky also attended the court.  

The defendants, in this case, were detained in February-April 2016 in Yalta. They are accused of involvement in the banned in Russia Islamic political organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada Lyudmila Denisova called the verdict of the Southern District Military Court illegal.

She noted that she would help the defence side appeal against the verdict.

Author: Редакция Avdet