Imam of a mosque in the occupied Crimea, Rustem Abilev, was detained by Russian security forces after a search in his house in the village of Shturmove near Sevastopol, public association Crimean Solidarity reported.
Eyewitnesses told the human rights organization, that during the search several books were seized from Abilev, and his pregnant wife was left at home.
A neighbor of the detained Crimean Tatar called him a literate and educated believer. According to her, the purpose of searches is to intimidate the Crimean Tatar people and to drive them out from the Crimea.
It should be noted that Rustem Abilov works as a doctor and runs dental practice in his own clinic.
Journalist Anton Naumlyuk reported that searches in Abilev’s house were carried out as part of the investigation of a criminal case on appeals for extremist activity (part 1 of article 280 of the Criminal Code), which, according to the investigation, the imam allegedly called for during a public speech in the mosque.
According to security officials, Abilev “delivered sermons using banned literature, in which he called for violent actions against citizens who did not share his religious beliefs.”
In the course of closed sessions, he resorted to indoctrination of the parishioners, involving new members in extremist activities. As a result of operational search activities and investigative actions carried out by the FSB, the Interior Ministry and the Russian Guard, prohibited literature, documents, computer equipment, communication means and other items relevant to the criminal case were seized from the suspect, the journalist shared the interpretation of the events from the FSB.
Naumlyuk noted that searches were also carried out in the homes of the mosque parishioners, who appear in the case as witnesses.
Soon the Russian media published footage of searches and detentions of Abilev.
The security forces searched the house of Abilev and the mosque, in which he is the imam. It is worth noting that, together with law enforcement officers, journalists of propaganda TV channels “Russia-1” and IKS-TV (Sevastopol), as well as some other media, were present during the searches.