April 20, "the court" in the occupied Crimea charged the defendant in the Bakhchysarai case "Hizb ut-Tahrir" Crimean Tatar Enver Mamutov with attempt to forcibly seize power in Russia (Article. 278 of the Russian Federation Criminal Code). Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov shared the corresponding information on Facebook.
He noted that the same charges should be expected for the rest of the defendants in this case.
“Today, on April 20, a new charge was brought to Enver Mamutov from the “Bakhchysarai four” in the so-called case of Hizb-ut Tahrir under Art. 278 of the RF Criminal Code - Attempt to forcibly seize power in Russia and change the constitutional system! So it will be the same for all the accused in this case!”
Reference: May 12, 2016, Russian law enforcers raided a number of Muslim homes in Bakhchisaray, as well as a local cafe. As a result, four Bakhchysarai residents Zevri Abseitov, Remzi Memetov, Rustem Abelarov and Enver Mamutov were arrested and accused of involvement in the organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir", recognized as terrorist in Russia.
January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Russia decided to apply the Article 278 of the Russian Federation Criminal Code "Forcible seizure of power or forcible retention of power" to the so-called "Hizb ut-Tahrir case" apart from the charge of terrorism.
The first charged with the "forcible seizure of power" were the persons involved in the Yalta "Hizb ut-Tahrir case" - Enver Bekirov, Emir-Usein Kuku, Vadim Siruk and Muslim Aliyev.
The so-called "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case has become the hallmark of the FSB struggle against Muslim dissidents in Crimea. Under the pretext of suspicion of terrorism and calling their repressive actions as struggle with extremism, the Russian security forces burst into the houses, conduct illegal searches and detentions.