It has become common for Russia to represent repression against the Crimean Tatars in the occupied territories as struggle against the Muslim organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir" banned in the RF. Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov who defends the four Crimean Tatars, accused of involvement in "Hizb ut-Tahrir" in the Sevastopol court shared information, that one of the detainees Arsen Dzhepparov was sent to a forced psychiatric examination.
February 11, 2016, a wave of searches in the homes of the Crimean Tatars started in Crimea. Eight of the twelve detainees were released. Emir Usein Kuku, Vadim Siruk, Enver Bakirov and Muslim Aliyev remain in custody. All of them were socially active citizens. In particular, prior to the detention, Emir Usein Kuku conducted the work to protect the victims of harassment collecting information about the missing and detained Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians in the occupied peninsula.
Refat Alimov and Arsen Dzhepparov were arrested by the security forces on April 18, 2016.
The so-called case of "Hizb ut-Tahrir" has become the hallmark of the FSB struggle against Muslim dissidents in Crimea. The security forces break into the houses, conducted illegal searches and detentions under the pretext of suspicion of terrorism and calling their repressive operations combating extremism.