April 4, Crimean Tatar political prisoner of Russia, Ruslan Zeytullayev, announced an indefinite hunger strike protesting against an unjust attitude towards the Crimean Tatars. Human rights activists reported that the fasting is "wet" - Ruslan drinks tea without sugar.
Currently, Zeytullaev is in Rostov-on-Don, where his case is being reviewed. He is accused of organizing a cell of "Hizb ut-Tahrir" in the Crimea.
The political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev, after 10 days of hunger strike, already has difficulties with his health. The Crimean Tatar has lost 6 kilograms and hardly speaks, according to lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, who visited him in prison.
“Ruslan Zeytullaev has been on a hunger strike for 10 days. If standing, Ruslan can not speak! Ruslan has lost 6 kg. 200 gr over 10 days,” he wrote.
Reference: January 23, 2015 four Crimean Muslims were detained in the Crimea for the alleged involvement in the organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir", which is recognized terrorist in Russia. Since June 1, 2016, their case has been considered in the North Caucasus District Military Court. Ruslan Zeytullaev was sentenced to seven years in prison, Ferat Sayfullaev, Rustem Vaitov and Yuri Primov were sentenced to five years' imprisonment. All of them must serve their sentences in the colony of the general regime.
December 27, 2016, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation quashed the verdict against the Crimean Tatar Ruslan Zeytullaev and sent the case for revision to the North District Military Court of Rostov, thereby satisfying the complaint of the prosecution who claims that Zeytullayev was allegedly the organizer of the Hizb ut-Tahrir cell in the Crimea and requires to charge the Crimean Tatar under Part 1 of Art. 205.5 of the Russian Federation Criminal Code (providing from 15 to 20 years imprisonment) instead of Part 2 of Art. 205.5 of the Criminal Code.