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6 Years’ Sentence for A Crimean Tatar for Alleged Service in Chelebidzhikhan Battalion

The ‘Belogorsk District Court’ of Crimea sentenced Rustem Osmanov to 6 years in custody for allegedly serving in the ‘Noman Chelebidzhikhan Battalion’.

According to the Crimean ‘FSB’, Rustem Osmanov was detained in April 2022 ‘when trying to enter Crimea through the Armyansk Road Checkpoint.’

‘The defendant was established, staying on the territory of Ukraine, to have voluntarily joined the battalion in 2016 providing logistic and food support for the battalion activities, and serving in its armed guards,’ the statement said.

The FSB opened a criminal case against Mr.Osmanov under the Russian Federation Criminal Code Article 208-2 (Organization of an illegal armed unit or service in it as well as participation in an armed conflict or military operations for purposes contrary to the interests of the Russian Federation).

The ‘Belogorsk District Court of Crimea’ found the defendant guilty and sentenced him to six years in custody with serving one year in prison and five years in the maximum security regime penal colony.

As the CHRG reported, on June 1, 2022, the Supreme Court of Russia declared the ‘Crimean Tatar Volunteer Battalion named after Noman Chelebidzhikhan’ ‘terrorist’ and banned it on the territory of the Russian Federation/

On July 21, 2022, the FSD of Russia added the ‘Crimean Tatar Volunteer Battalion named after Noman Chelebidzhikhan’ into the list of terroristic organizations.

At least 6 citizens of Ukraine have been detained for alleged service in the battalion. The persecution under this article continues.

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