Action in support of illegally convicted Crimean Tatars held at the Supreme Court in Moscow. After the event activists were detained
Near the building of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation in Moscow, a flash mob was held in support of four Crimean Tatars; today the court is considering an appeal in the case they are accused in.
The coordinator of the field human rights center in the Crimea Oleksandra Krylenkova informed QHA media about the situation from the scene.
According to her, over a hundred people gathered near the Supreme Court building. These are mainly relatives of those convicted in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”, their friends and compatriots from the Crimea. Also civil activists and journalists came to support the Crimean Tatars convicted for “terrorism”.
“At some point, activists took off their jackets, and were wearing T-shirts with the words “Stop the repressions in the Crimea.” Police officers came up with megaphones and warnings that “unauthorized actions are prohibited,” Oleksandra Krylenkova said.
About 20 people took part in the flashmob itself.
Later Krylenkova reported on the detention of activists. According to her, about 50 people were taken to the department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Meshchansky district of Moscow.
The lawyer Emil Kurbedinov confirmed the information about the mass arrest of activists.
Enver Mamutov, Remzi Memetov, Zevri Abseitov and Rustem Abiltarov were deprived of their freedom in Crimea in May 2016 and were tried in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” as part of the “first Bakhchysarai group.” In December 2018, the North-Caucasian District Military Court sentenced them to a total of 44 years (17 + 9 + 9 + 9) imprisonment for “terrorism and the violent seizure of power.”
The Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, Refat Chubarov, previously called on human rights activists, journalists, and diplomats to come to court and support the 4 Crimean Tatars convicted on trumped-up cases.
According to the director of the Memorial Human Rights Center program in Moscow, Vitaly Ponomarev, some Russian activists expressed readiness to gather outside the court building and support the illegally convicted.