CPJ blamed Russia for prosecuting Memedeminov "on absurd charges"
The Committee to Protect Journalists found that Russian authorities prosecuted the Crimean blogger Nariman Memedeminov on absurd charges and must release him. This is said in the alert published on CPJ’s site on 13 May.
“Forcefully transporting a Ukrainian citizen and independent journalist from Crimea to Russia and trying him in a military court on absurd charges is a violation of international legal norms, and the Russian authorities know it,” said Gulnoza Said, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator. Authorities should not contest Nariman Memedeminov’s appeal, and he should be released immediately and allowed to return to Crimea. Russia’s prosecution of Crimean Tatar journalists must stop» , Gulnoza Said said.
As IMI reported, on October 2, 2019, on October 2, the Southern Military District Court of Russia's Rostov-on-Don sentenced journalist, blogger from Crimea Nariman Memedeminov to two and a half years , who was accused of public calls for terrorism.
On October 1, Memedeminov made the final statement calling the justice and the law "pre-configured" in Russia, and called on journalists to continue to work on informing about the situation in the Crimea and lawsuits against the inhabitants of the peninsula.
On September 27, Russian prosecutor Aleksey Aydinov demanded a six-year prison sentence for Memedeminov.
On June 25, 2019, the North Caucasian Court in Rostov-on-Don started a trial on the merits in the case of Memedeminov.
On March 22, 2018, in Simferopol Russian law enforcement officers detained the Crimean civic journalist Nariman Memediminov.
On March 23, the court issued an order to arrest Memedeminov. The detainee has been charged under the part 2 of Art. 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Public appeals to terrorist activities committed by means of the Internet”).
On March 23, 2018 the Crimean public prosecutor’s office (Ukraine) instituted criminal proceedings against activity of Russian prosecution against Nariman Memedeminov, based on the part 2 of Art.146 (“Illegal deprivation of liberty or theft of a person”), part 2 of Art. 162 (“Violation of inviolability of housing”) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
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