Today, November 12, the Southern District Military Court of Russia in Rostov-on-Don sentenced six Crimean Tatars from the so-called "Yalta group" in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir case" to prison terms of seven to nineteen years.
According to public association Crimean Solidarity, Muslim Aliyev was sentenced to 19 years, Inver Bekirov – to 18 years, Vadim Siruk – to 12 years, Emir-Usein Kuku – to 12 years, Refat Alimov – to 8 years and Arsen Dzhepparov – to 7 years in prison.
Muslim Aliyev and Inver Bekirov are designated as "organizers of a terrorist organization."
Crimean Tatars will serve sentences in a maximum security colony.
A few days before the announcement of the verdict, the Consul General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don Taras Malyshevsky met with the Crimean Tatars. He called them "the cliffs in the midst of a shallow seething sea."
And the representative of the Russian branch of Amnesty International, Aleksandr Artemyev, said that today's court verdict is an attempt to humiliate the Crimean Tatar community in Crimea.