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Crimean journalist Osman Arifmemetov moved from Novocherkassk to Russia's Krasnoyarsk Kray

02.04.2024, 11:40
Osman Arifmemetov. Photo by
Osman Arifmemetov. Photo by

Crimean citizen journalist Osman Arifmemetov, sentenced by Russian authorities to 14 years in prison in the "second Simferopol group" case, was moved from the Novocherkassk PTDC (Rostov region, Russia) to the Krasnoyarsk Kray.

He wrote about this in a letter to his family, reports Crimean Solidarity.

The journalist was moved on March 18. Other participants in his case – Rustem Sheihaliyev, Ruslan Suleymanov and Enver Ametov – were also moved to different cities. First, they all arrived in Voronezh; then Ametov was sent to Lipetsk, and the rest to Samara.

"Rustem and I seem to be going to the Krasnoyarsk Kray and Ruslan to the Chelyabinsk region," Osman wrote in a letter to his mother, Emdie Arifmemetova.

In March 2019, Russian security forces in Crimea searched the homes of Crimean Tatar activists, including Crimean Solidarity representatives. A total of 24 people were detained on charges of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, and organization banned in Russia and occupied Crimea. Osman Arifmemetov was one of the people detained.

On November 24, 2022, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don convicted the detainees of terrorism and an attempt to seize power. Activists Enver Ametov and Yashar Muedinov were sentenced to 13 years in a high-security prison, and citizen journalists Ruslan Suleymanov, Rustem Sheihaliyev and Osman Arifmemetov were sentenced to 14 years behind bars. The political prisoners will spend four years in prison, and then will be restricted in their freedom of movement for another year. The defendants have pleaded not guilty and consider the persecution to be political.

On February 1, 2024, the appellate military court in Vlasykha upheld the sentence against five Crimean Tatar activists.

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