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Political prisoner Emir-Usain Kuku is groundlessly refused to meet relatives

Світлини родини Куку у Фейсбук

A political prisoner, a citizen of Ukraine Emir-Usein Kuku, who has been in the Simferopol jail for more than a year, has never received permission to visit relatives. Although the wife of the activist Meriem Kuku many times applied with a written statement asking for a date with her husband.

In written refusals, FSS investigator Makhnev S.V. refers to Article 18 FL RF of 15 July, 1995 N 103-FL “On the detention of suspects and accused of committing crimes,” but does not indicate the specific reason for the refusal.

According to lawyer of Kuku Alexey Ladin, such refusals for the meeting are absolutely illegal.

“If before the family could see him during the court session, now the meetings are held in closed session. The defence plans to appeal this first within the judicial system of the Russian Federation, and then systematize and already file a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights,” – Ladin reported to the Crimean human rights group.

On 28 June, Emir-Usain showed the lawyer the first letter in his support, which passed through the censorship of the pre-detention centre and reached the addressee. It was a letter from the Congress of Ukrainians in Latvia. “Although there are plenty of such letters, but censorship is blocking them” – said the lawyer.

Earlier, the Crimean human rights group repeatedly stated that imprisoned political prisoners in Crimea and on the territory of the Russian Federation are often groundlessly denied access to their relatives and all letters of support are not being passed to them, although some have been imprisoned for many months.

At this stage, the investigation into the Kuku case is completed, and the materials of the criminal case are being read. Russian investigators in the case of so called Yalta Six “Hizb ut-Tahrir” intend to complete the investigation before 8 July. This was reported by the lawyer Alexander Popkov, referring to the investigator. He added that the case can begin in the military court of Rostov-on-Don.

“According to the Russian law, all cases of terrorism, including participation in a terrorist organization that is charged to our trustees, can be considered in several military courts, including the Moscow District Court and Rostov Court. This was in regards to the so called Sevastopol four “Hizb ut-Tahrir case,” – said the defender.

Recall that Emir-Usain Kuku, like other Crimean citizens: Vadim Sirouk, Muslim Aliyev, Enver Bekirov, Refat Alimov and Arsen Dzhepparov are the figurants of the “Yalta case of Hizb ut-Tahrir.” The first four accused of this case were arrested on 11 February, 2016. A member of the Human Rights Contact Group Emir-Usenein Kuku is among them.



Crimean citizens are recruited into the Russian army in violation of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of WarOn 30 July, 2017 another action was held in Sevastopol calling to serve under the contract in the Russian army. The citizens of Sevastopol again were recruited for military service. At the so-called “point of selection for military service on a contract basis” they distributed booklets with agitation to serve in separate coastal defence brigade 126 and in landing ships brigade 197 of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. Agitation was held in Sevastopol during the celebration of the day of the Navy on Nakhimov Square. According to the Crimea.Realii website, an exhibition of land military equipment was held on the same square; The exhibition included: a mobile coastal anti-ship missile system “Bastion” with a unified homing missile “Yakhont”, a mobile command and staff radio station, a floating wheeled armoured personnel carrier, an anti-aircraft missile system S-300 “Favorit” for the destruction of modern and prospective aircraft, a 122 mm missile-antiaircraft complex Grad, a multiple launch rocket system “Uragan”, an anti-aircraft missile system “Pantsir”, an air defence missile system “Osa”, a charging car, a self-propelled artillery “Gvozdika”. According to Russian media, the occupation authorities held a naval parade in the city, where military a demonstration fire was organized. The event began with the entrance of the three-masted sailing frigate “Khersones” to the Sevastopol Bay, at which students of the Ukrainian University (Kerch State Maritime Technological University) earlier had a maritime practice. According to local and Russian media, the training ship “Perekop”, missile cruiser “Moscow” and the diesel-electric submarine “Stary Oskol”, as well as the naval aviation Ka-27 helicopters and Su-30SM fighters, also took part in the military parade. Such actions of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine, which was occupied by it, grossly violate international humanitarian law and are prohibited by international conventions. The Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) earlier recorded the holding of similar agitation events for military service in the Russian army in the occupied peninsula. We remind you that Article 51 of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War explicitly prohibits the invocation of an occupying power in the occupied territory. The head of the CHRG, Olga Skrypnik, noted that among other things the Convention prohibits propaganda of the military conscription in the occupied territories, including all the advertising posters, various “patriotic” events in schools and universities where people are called to go to the Russian army. Both contractual and regular service are under the ban. Photos of the mobile point of military drafting and promotional booklets were made on 30 July in Sevastopol.

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