February 18, in the capital of the Russian Federation a rally was held in support of the Crimean Tatars. The participants were holding posters with slogans like "Hands off the Mejlis" or "Autonomy to Crimean Tatars!" according to the Facebook page of an activist Elena Sannikova. The protesters demanded the release of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Akhtem Chiygoz, defendants in "February 26" and "Hizb ut-Tahrir" cases, as well as journalists Nikolai Semena and Roman Sushchenko.
In addition, in the framework of perpetual campaign "Strategy-18" more than 10 activists came out in support of the Crimean Tatars on Nevsky Prospect in St. Petersburg, a Facebook user Konstantin Yershov informed. The protesters drew attention to those arrested on suspicion of involvement in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" organization, banned in the Russian Federation.
The so-called "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case has become the hallmark of the FSB “struggle” against Muslim dissidents in Crimea and a political instrument of pressure on the Crimean Tatar people. "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case involves at least 14 prisoners.