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Tatar civil journalist to be tried in Crimea

31.05.2019, 15:12
Photo credits: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
On 30th of May, in Crimea the officers of the Countering extremism center detained Luftiya Zudiyeva, civil journalist for “Crimean solidarity” association and Mumine Saliyeva, coordinator of the “Crimean childhood” project, as “Crimean solidarity” informed on Facebook. Mumine Saliyeva was detained at the market in Bakhchisaray. She was released after being questioned. Saliyeva's husband is in the Simferopol detention center, charged with being a member of the banned Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, as the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty informed. Lutfie Zudiyeva's husband told RFE/RL that plainclothes police officers stopped the car Zudiyeva was driving in Dzhankoy and detained her. She was released a couple hours later after being questioned. Luftiya and Muminel were compelled to undergo medical check-up. Her lawyers were not allowed to visit them. The detained persons are charged with displaying banned extremism symbols, entailing administrative arrest (article 20.3 of the Code of administrative offenses of the Russia Federation “Propaganda or public demonstration of Nazi attributes or symbols, or attributes or symbols of extremist organizations, or other attributes or symbols, propaganda or public demonstration of which is prohibited by federal laws"). As the Krym.Realii (RFE/RL) reported, the investigation files contained a screenshot of someone Tagir Minibaev’ publication dated of April 2014, in which he had a tag to Zudiyeva. "For me such administrative detentions and cases would be the first alarming signals : at first, it begins with an administrative proceeding and then, it evolves into serious criminal proceedings. This is well-expected phenomenon. Unfortunately, I don’t see another evolution of the situation in Crimea, " she said. On May 31st, the Kyiv district court in Symferopil is to hold sitting within the cases of Zudiyeva and Saliyeva.
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