Children that are waiting for parents from prisons. 111 consequences of the Russian occupation of Crimea

27 February 2019, 12:08
Children of political prisoners listening to the local muezzin before namaz
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Photo and commentaries:
Alina Smutko,
for QHA media

There are one hundred and eleven of them. The children whose fathers found themselves behind bars after the annexation of Crimea because of the persecution by the Russian security forces.

One hundred and eleven girls and boys of different ages, including very little ones, may reunite with their dads being already quite adult – the average term those involved in the Crimean “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” may face is 7-10 years.
Prosecutors are requesting from 15 years to life imprisonment for the Crimean Muslims accused as “cell organizers” in the trumped-up case. During the years of opposition of the Crimean Muslims to the new judicial system, several organizations emerged that support the families of political prisoners, because on average, each of them has two or three children left without a breadwinner.






Anna Bogacheva, the wife of Vadim Siruk, the person involved in the Yalta “case of Hizb ut-Tahrir” with her younger daughter Khanifa during one of the meetings of the Crimean Solidarity in the Stary Krym, Vadim and Anna have an older daughter – Amira. Khanifa was born a few months after her father’s arrest.




Safiye Kuku, daughter of a Crimean Tatar activist and human rights defender, accused in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” (Yalta group) Emir-Usein Kuku, is writing “Let him go” on a paper boat on the steps of the “Supreme Court” of Crimea. At this time, relatives of prisoners are not allowed to the meeting of the “court”.





Children of Teymur Abdullayev, the person involved in the Simferopol “Hizb ut-Tahrir cell” – Umar, Usman, Ali and Raykhan are playing while their grandmother is preparing dinner at home in the Strohanivka village near Simferopol. Teymur and his wife Alime have five children. Their youngest daughter was about six months when her father was detained.






Sabriye, the eldest of the three daughters of the “organizer of the Sevastopol Hizb ut-Tahrir cell” Ruslan Zeytullaev, is playing in his yard in the village of Orlyne near Sevastopol.







Amira, the eldest daughter of Vadim Siruk, is playing with the toy cow, donated by the volunteers of the organization Bizim Balalar, which supports the families of the Crimean political prisoners.






The children of Bakhchysarai prisoners are playing in the courtyard of Zevri Abseitov’s family. Abseitov was detained in the first Bakhchysarai group on the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”.






Photos from family archive of Server Zekiryayev, “the second Bakhchysarai cell of Hizb ut-Tahrir”. Server is the father of 13 children.







Bekir, the eldest son of Emir-Usein Kuku, at the collective dua on the anniversary of his father’s arrest at his home in the village near Yalta.







Nurie, the youngest daughter of Ruslan Zeytullaev, huging her mother Meryem.







The sons of Bakhchysarai prisoners arrested in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” are going to the Jumu’ah (Friday Prayer) in mosque on the outskirts of the city.