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Russian law enforcers detain over 10 people, including citizen journalists, near a court in Crimea

27.07.2023, 12:00

Russian police in Crimea detained 13 Crimean Tatars near the building of the Simferopol Supreme Court, where an appeal against the ruling in the "case of Nariman Celâl and the Ahtemov brothers" is being considered today. The detainees had gathered to listen to the trial; among them were citizen journalists reporting for "Crimean Solidarity", Lutfie Zudieva and Kulamet Ibraimov.

This was reported by the public initiative "Crimean Solidarity".

Close relatives of Nariman Celâl and the Ahtemov brothers were also detained. Aziz Ahtemov's parents, Zarema and Eskender Ahtemov, activist Rustem Useinov (recovering after a heart bypass surgery), and Server Ahtemov (passport name – Serhiy), who has a third type disability (visual impairment), were detained as well. Detainee Kerim Ablyamitov also has a third type disability.

As IMI reported, 98 attacks and threats against journalists and bloggers were recorded in the occupied Crimea over the year, accorsing to the ZMINA Human Rights Center.

15 journalists from Crimea are in Russian detention facilities, including the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Nariman Celâl (Dzhelyalov by the documents).

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