Russian Court Sentences Crimean Tatars to Prison
The lengthy prison sentences appear to be politically motivated
Photo from Ukrinform – UATV
As Radio Liberty’s Crimea.Realities project reports, Teymur Abdullayev was sentenced to 17 years in maximum security penal colony, Uzeyir Abdullayev – to 13 years, Rustem Ismaiylov – to 14 years, Aider Saledinov and Emil Dzhemadenov – to 12 years.
On October 12, 2016, Russian security officers conducted searches in the houses of five families in Crimea. As a result, five Crimean Tatars were detained on charges of participation in the Hizb ut-Tahrir religious organization banned in Russia and occupied Crimea.
On December 6, 2018, the detainees were transferred to a remand prison in Rostov-on-Don.