ROSTOV-ON-DON (QHA) -

Yesterday, July 11, the Crimean Tatar human rights activist, involved in the contrived "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case (Yalta group) Emir-Usein Kuku, in a court session at the Military Garrison Court (Rostov-on-Don, Russia), filed a written statement on the hunger strike, the public association Crimean Solidarity reported on Facebook.

The addressees of the statement are: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prosecutor General of Russia Yuri Chaika, and the Consul General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don, Vitaly Moskalenko.

Kuku demanded the release of political prisoners and stated that he would not stop the hunger strike until this issue was resolved.

“I, Emir-Usein Kemalovich Kuku, born 26.06.1976, citizen of Ukraine, Crimean Tatar, Muslim, declare a hunger strike (refusal to eat food) starting from 06:00 on 26.06.2018 until the issue of releasing political prisoners in Russian prisons, in correctional colonies, in the number of 70 people is resolved (the full list of prisoners is specified in the Resolution of the European Parliament of 14.06.2018, as well as provided to L. Denisova, the Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, by Amnesty International Ukraine),” reads the  statement.

He demanded that the repressions on the annexed peninsula be stopped.

“Furthermore, I demand to stop reprisals against the Crimean Tatars and other believers in the Crimea. I hereby express solidarity with the hunger strike previously declared by Oleg Sentsov, Volodymyr Balukh, Oleksandr Shumkov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Stanislav Klykh.”

QHA reported that Emir-Usein Kuku lost 9 kilograms during the hunger strike. Lawyer Edem Semedlyaev noted that on average, Kuku loses 600 grams a day.

Earlier, July 10, it became known that Emir-Usein Kuku was in the medical facility of the detention centre in Rostov-on-Don.

QHA