Despite the requests of the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev and the public, the Crimean Tatar Ruslan Zeytullaev refuses to stop the hunger strike. Only the impossibility of carrying out daily prayer for health reasons can become one of the conditions for the termination of his protest action, journalist Anton Naumlyuk reported on Facebook.
Today, April 21, deliberations began in the case of Ruslan Zeytullaev.
“Ruslan Zeytullaev was taken to court. He looks haggard, but holds firm. Lawyers persuaded him to quit the hunger strike, but Ruslan refused until the verdict was passed. Emil Kurbedinov recalled Sakharov's letter to Mustafa Dzhemilev during the hunger strike. "I will be ready to give up, if I can not read prayer, if I faint, for example. But I have not missed a single yet, "Ruslan replied. In jail, he is persuaded to quit the hunger strike three times a day," Naumlyuk wrote.
The journalist notes that according to the certificate of the SIZO medical service, "Zeitullayev's condition is satisfactory, there are no medical contraindications for participation in the court session, weight is 55 kilograms, the diagnosis is elementary starvation."
However, despite exhaustion, the Crimean Tatar intends to deliver his final speech in the court.
“Ruslan can not participate in the deliberations that began today, he does not have enough strength, but he will speak the filal word. The court allowed him to speak while sitting,” Naumlyuk added.
As of today, Zeytullaev has been on a hunger strike for already 18 days.
In the commentary to QHA, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev called on the political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullayev to quit his indefinite hunger strike. In his opinion, prolonged hunger strikes in the "unscrupulous" Russia are not effective, since the Kremlin regime does not intend to listen to the needs of the protester.
Earlier, QHA reported that on 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.
Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, who on April 14 was able to visit his client, said that Ruslan Zeytullaev already had difficulties with his health. Crimean Tatar has lost 6 kilograms over 10 days and hardly speaks.
According to the decision of the appellate instance, the case of Ruslan Zeytullaev will be again reviewed by the North Caucasus District Military Court. The next meeting, during which the parties will debate, is scheduled for Friday, April 21. Ruslan Zeytullaev is facing up to 15 years in prison.