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Leniye Umerova Left in Pre-Trial Detention Centre Till October 4

Moscow City Court left Ms. Leniye Umerova, a Crimean Tatar, in the pre-trial detention center till October 4.

The court considered an appeal against the decision of extending the detention period. The hearings were held at chambers.

To remind: on August 16, Ms.Leniye Umerova, a Crimean Tatar imprisoned in Russia, was arranged a forensic psychiatric examination.

The case of Ms. Umerova is classified, so the relatives are informed of nothing.

Mr. Aziz Umerov reported: ‘Time, methods and practices of this examination are unknown. Lawyers regularly visit Leniye and try to monitor the situation as far as possible.”

As reported by the CHRG:

  • Russia has been holding Ms. Leniye Umerova, a Ukrainian citizen, and a Crimean Tatar woman, hostage. On December 4, 2022, the 25-year’s old woman was travelling from Kyiv to the occupied Crimea because the health state of her father suffering from cancer had worsened.
  • The Russian border guards detained her after crossing the national frontier between Georgia and the Russian Federation, allegedly for violating the regime zone rules. Until March 16, 2023, she was held in the Center for Temporary Detention of Foreign Citizens near Vladikavkaz. The Prigorodnyi District Court found Ms. Umerova guilty of “violating the state border regime” (Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation, Article 18.1) and fined her RUR2,000.
  • On the night of March 16, Ms. Umerova was released from the Center for Foreign Citizens Detention. But, as the girl told later, a car with 4 men inside was waiting for her at the gate. They rushed her, put a bag on her head, brought her to a Vladikavkaz district unknown for her, and left her there. Almost the next while she was by the police patrol. When she asked for detention reasons, she was drawn on a report for “disobedience to the policemen’s requirements.” The Leninskiy District Court imposed an administrative punishment on her – 15 days of arrest.
  • While Ms. Umerova was kept in the detention center, a similar report was re-drawn on her: the girl was reported to have refused handing her mobile to the policemen. On March 27, the same court again imposed a 15 days’ arrest on her. Leniye Umerova was moved to the detention center in the city of Beslan.
  • On April 9, a new report for disobedience to the police was drawn up on the girl. On April 11, the Sovietskiy Court of Vladikavkaz again imposed a 15 days’ arrest.
  • On April 26, the Sovietskiy Court of Vladikavkaz recognized again Leniye Umerova, a Crimean Tatar, guilty of disobedience to the policemen and imposed the next 15 days of arrest.
  • On May 4, she was transported her to Moscow to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center, and accused of espionage.
  • On May 5, Lefortovo Court of Moscow arrested her for 2 months on suspicion of “espionage” (RF CC Article 276).
  • On June 30, Lefortovo Court of Moscow extended the detention period of Ms. Umerova for 4 months – till October 4, 2023. Earlier the court arrested her for 2 months on suspicion of “espionage” (RF CC Article 276).

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