A Crimean Tatar Sentenced to 3 Years in Penal Colony for ‘Arson of Village Council due to Disagreement with War’

Aziz Faizullayev, a 25-year-old Crimean Tatar, was sentenced to three years in the penal colony for allegedly setting fire to the village council in Pushkine (Sovietsky district).

According to his sister Elmaz, the ‘Sovietsky District Court’ of Crimea announced the verdict in the criminal case against Aziz Faizullayev accused of allegedly making a “Molotov cocktail” and setting fire to the administration building of the Pushkine village council.

‘Judge’ Igor Brazhnik found him guilty and sentenced him to three years in the penal colony.

‘The ‘judge’ noted that Aziz ‘had fully admitted his guilt’ and refused to provide statements, referring to Article 51 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation,’ the sister wrote.

To remind: Mr.Faizullayev was detained at the beginning of June 2022, after a search of his home.

Later, a video was made public where the man, who, according to his relatives, was openly pressured, ‘sincerely confessed that, having prepared two Molotov cocktails, he had set fire to the administration building of the Pushkine village council, having previously broken a window.’

The case against Aziz Faizullayev was initiated under Article 167-2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Deliberate destruction or damage to someone else’s property, committed with hooligan intentions, by arson, explosion or in another generally dangerous way”).

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