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Exactly three years ago, March 3, 2014, 39-year-old Reshat Ametov protesting against the Russian invasion of Crimea, went to picket outside the building of the Council of Ministers in Simferopol. Soon, several members of an illegal armed "self-defense" tied his hands, put into a car and drove away in an unknown direction. Ametov was never after seen alive.

March 15, 2014 in Belogorsk area near the village of Zemlianychne the Crimean Tatar was found dead with traces of violent death. His head was bound up with duct tape, handcuffs lying near. The dead was the missing Resat Ametov.

“Reshat Ametov in fact performed an act of courage alone. Unable to withstand all the pressure, he went out to protest with the slogan right into the lair of gangs near the Council of Ministers. "Self-defense" has always been based there. First, he disappeared, and later he was found tortured and brutally murdered...

Reshat Ametov had not reconciled with them, and for that he was brutally killed. Such a single protest is admirable. It was an example of courage in confronting the occupier,” General Director of Charity Organization "Crimea" Fund Riza Shevko said.

The funeral of the murdered Crimean Tatar took place on March 18 at the Simferopol city cemetery "Abdal". About two thousand people came to see Reshat to his final journey. People come from different places of the Crimea to support the victim's wife Zarina Ametova. The woman lost the breadwinner of the family and was left alone with three young children.

Later it was established that death of Reshat Ametov was caused by a stab in the eye area.

Criminal proceedings into the murder were instituted. In this regard the self-proclaimed "Head" of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov stated that representatives of the "self defense" are not involved in the abduction and murder of the Crimean Tatar.

A year later, relatives of the deceased informed that the investigation was suspended due to failure to identify the perpetrators.

September 8, 2015 the Community board decided on posthumous awarding Reshat Ametova the Order "For Service to the Crimean Tatar people" as a fighter for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

November 18, 2015 Reshat Ametov was posthumously awarded the Order of "National Hero of Ukraine".

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