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Russian court in Crimea arrests citizen journalist Rustem Osmanov

06.03.2024, 12:09
Rustem Osmanov. Photo:
Rustem Osmanov. Photo:

The Russia-controlled Kyivsky District Court of Simferopol arrested "Crimean Solidarity" citizen journalist Rustem Osmanov until May 4. The ruling was passed on March 5, reports Krym.Realii.

The journalist will be held in a PTDC. The hearing was held behind closed doors.

On the morning of March 5, a wave of mass searches took place in the homes of Crimean Tatars in Crimea. The police targeted "Crimean Solidarity" activists in Bağçasaray and religious figures in Canköy district. Houses of 10 Crimean Tatars were searched in total.

Following the searches, the Russian FSB detained at least five people, including former imam Remzi Kurtnezirov, who has a grade II disability.

Russian security forces charged all Crimean Tatars detained on March 5 with participating in a terrorist organization.

Rustem Osmanov regularly attended court hearings, helped the families of the Kremlin's political prisoners. He has previously been detained by Russian police and prosecuted under administrative law for showing solidarity with his fellow Muslim convicts.

On February 22, 2024, the Russian police searched the home of "Crimean Solidarity" activist, citizen journalist Lutfiye Zudieva. After the search, she was taken to the counter-extremism center, but later released.

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