The court in Rostov-on-Don (Russia) sentenced the four Crimeans to imprisonment for their involvement in "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization, which is recognized as terrorist in Russia.

Ruslan Zeytullaev received 7 years imprisonment, while Ferat Sayfullaev, Rustem Vaitov and Yuri Primov were sentenced to 5 years in prison. All they have to serve their sentence in a penal colony.

They were attributed to the organization of and participation in a terrorist organization (Art. 205 of the Criminal Code). According to investigators, Ruslan Zeytullaev organized a clandestine division of "Hizb ut-Tahrir" in Sevastopol and the rest acted as "recruiters."

The accused came to the pronouncement of the verdict in T-shirts with the slogans "Crimean Tatars", "The play is over," "Order is executed", having taped their mouths.

Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov told the QHA, that the defense plans to appeal the verdict. Due to the "softness" of the sentence, there is also a possibility of appeal by the prosecutor.

On January 23, 2015, the Muslims Ruslan Zeytullaev, Rustem Vaitov, Yuri (Nuri) Primov in Crimea and Ferat Seifullaev were detained in Crimea. Yuri (Nuri) Accept and Euphrates Seifullaev. They were accused of involvement in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization banned in Russia.

The defendants have been tried by the North Caucasus District Military Court since June 1.

According to the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, the "Hizb ut-Tahrir case" involves about 14 defendants and three criminal cases. The first and the third case have four defendants, while the second - six. 

The so-called "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case has become a hallmark of the FSB’s struggle against otherwise-minded Muslims in Crimea. The Security Forces break into the houses, conduct illegal searches and detentions under the pretext of suspicion of terrorism and claim their repressive operations target combating extremism.

PHOTO: QHA, Vladislav Ryazantsev