Activists of the Russian initiative Strategy-18, who congratulated Ukraine on Independence Day on August 24 with pickets directly from the center of Moscow, held a flash mob in Moscow in support of the defendants in the second Bakhchisarai “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”.
This was announced by the participant of the action Olga Vishnevetskaya on her Facebook page, reports “Crimea. Realities”.
“On Wednesday, September 16, a flash mob was held in Moscow in support of the“ second group of Bakhchisarai ”. The action was attended by mothers of prisoners from the Parental Solidarity movement, – she wrote.
Another participant of the action, Vera Lavreshina, congratulated the family of the released defendant in the case Ernes Ametov.
“We are happy for the released Ernes Ametov and congratulate his family on the holiday! Be that as it may, but the system sieged back a little. The beautiful women of Crimea have shown that they are not inferior to men in courage and firmness. We know how dangerous it is to stand in a picket in Crimea … Moreover, today everyone was picketing for the freedom of prisoners – both children, the elderly and the young. We are with you, we admire your courage! ” – Lavreshina noted on Facebook.
As a reminder, three experts of the Memorial Human Rights Center: member of the Council of Memorial Human Rights Center Sergei Davidis, employee of the political prisoners support program of Memorial Human Rights Center Daria Kostromina, and Head of the Program for Countering Islamic Terrorism at Memorial Human Rights Center Vitaly Ponomarev argue that Ametov’s acquittal became the first in the Russian practice of prosecution under a terrorist article for participation in the organization “Hizb ut-Tahrir” banned in Russia and annexed by it in Crimea.
The Crimean Solidarity activist Ernes Ametov was arrested on October 11, 2017. He was charged under Part 2, Article 205.5 (“Participation in the activities of a terrorist organization”). The rest of the defendants in the second Bakhchisarai “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” were sentenced from 13 to 19 years in a maximum security colony: for example, Marlen Asanov was sentenced to 19 years in a maximum security colony, Memet Belyalov – 18 years in a maximum security colony and a year and a half in restriction; Timur Ibragimov – 17 years in a strict regime colony and a year and a half of restriction; Server Zekiryaev – 13 years in a strict regime colony; Server Mustafayev – 14 years in a strict regime colony and a year of restriction; Seyran Saliev – 16 years in a strict regime colony with a one-year restriction; Edem Smailov – 13 years in a strict regime colony with a one-year restriction.
In October 2017, Russian security forces arrested six residents of Bakhchisarai. These are Timur Ibragimov, Marlen Asanov, Memet Belyalov, Seyran Saliev, Server Zekiryaev and Ernes Ametov. The FSB of Russia incriminated them with participation in the organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, which was banned in Russia and annexed Crimea.
On May 21, 2018, the coordinator of the Crimean Solidarity Server Mustafayev and a resident of the village of Dolinnoye, Bakhchisarai district, Edem Smailov, were detained in Crimea. The charges against them were included in the Bakhchisarai “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”.
Representatives of the international Islamic political organization Hizb ut-Tahrir call their mission the unification of all Muslim countries in an Islamic caliphate, but they reject terrorist methods of achieving this and say that they are being unjustly persecuted in Russia and in the Crimea it occupied in 2014. The Russian Supreme Court banned Hizb ut-Tahrir in 2003, including in the list of associations labeled “terrorist”.
Defenders of Crimeans arrested and convicted in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” consider their persecution to be motivated by religion. The lawyers note that the persecuted in this case by Russian law enforcement agencies are mainly Crimean Tatars, as well as Ukrainians, Russians, Tajiks, Azerbaijanis and Crimeans of other ethnic origin who profess Islam. International law prohibits the introduction of the legislation of the occupying state in the occupied territory.
Earlier, “FACTS” wrote that in an interview with our publication well-known journalist and blogger Ayder Muzhdabaev explained, that the charter of Hizb ut-Tahrir spelled out non-violence in black and white. It is forbidden to show violence to anyone in order to achieve any goals. As a result, the invaders put people in prison for 17 years for terrorism, to which they are not involved.