~Russia illegally detains 25,000 Kremlin prisoners

~Russia illegally detains 25,000 Kremlin prisoners

According to the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets, this is the number of civilians abducted by the Russian Federation.

During the full-scale invasion, the National Police began investigating the enforced disappearance of 8,800 people.

Russian Children's Ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova claims Russia has illegally abducted over 700,000 children from Ukraine.

The Media Initiative for Human Rights has identified about a hundred places where abducted civilians are held.

The Mission of the President of Ukraine in the AR of Qirim confirms 182 illegally imprisoned Ukrainian citizens, 60% of whom are Qırımtatarlar.

During the full-scale war, 2,576 Ukrainian citizens were returned to Ukraine, including 144 civilians.

Security forces threaten to punish prisoner Amet Suleimanov with solitary confinement for praying

Despite his health condition, the Russians continue to hold Suleimanov in a detention centre. He cannot practice Islam — the security forces have removed his Quran and forbidden him to perform Prayer (Salah).

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His lawyer Lilia Hemedzhi informed Crimean Solidarity about this. 

To recap, Russians illegally detained Suleimanov in 2020. Since then, he has been under house arrest, as he might not live to see the end of the trial in the pre-trial detention centre due to the need to replace his heart valve.

Nevertheless, on February 9, 2023, the Russian Court of Appeal issued a "verdict" of 12 years in prison. Staying in the pre-trial detention centre and the colony threatens Suleimanov's life due to his illness. On April 7, he was sent to the isolation ward.

In addition to heart problems, he has developed other health problems: swelling of the legs and pain in the joints. Suleimanov's defence demands to release him from the detention centre, but the medical staff of the detention centre did not provide any documents on the prisoner's illness.

Kremlin prisoner Emir-Usein Kuku still does not know what kind of surgery the Russians performed on him

The Qırımlı has not received any medical documents about the intervention and medical recommendations for recovery, so he had to determine his diet on his own in the colony. 

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His wife, Meriem, informed Crimean Solidarity about this. 

On June 21, the Russians urgently took Emir-Usein Kuku from the colony to the hospital due to a sharp deterioration in his health. At first, human rights activists believed it was due to kidney disease. Doctors could not understand what had happened. It turned out that Kuku had a bowel disease. On June 24, doctors operated on him.

The following week, the prisoner was transferred back to the colony, although he still had to be under medical supervision. It is still difficult for him to stand on his feet. 

In addition, Kuku does not receive medical care and has to determine what he can eat by trial and error. When he feels bad, the prisoner calls his wife and asks her to find out remotely what is happening to him.

As a reminder, in 2015, a Russian security officer injured Kuku's kidneys with blows. In 2019, a Russian court sent the Qırımlı to prison for 12 years on trumped-up terrorism charges. The man does not receive medical care in the colony, which has made his kidney disease chronic.

The "court" in the temporarily occupied Qirim increased the "punishment" for Nariman Dzhelial and the Akhtemov brothers

On July 28, the "Supreme Court" of the temporarily occupied Qirim completed consideration of the appeal against the previous sentence of Nariman Dzhelial, Asan and Aziz Akhtemov. The prisoners will serve the first three years in the most severe conditions.

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Nariman's wife, Leviza Dzhelial, reported this. 

The length of the sentence has stayed the same. Dzhelial will serve 17 years in prison, Asan Akhtemov will serve 15 years, and Aziz Akhtemov will serve 13 years. As a reminder, the security forces illegally detained the men in September 2021 and have held them in pre-trial detention since then. The political prisoners were charged with allegedly sabotaging a gas pipeline in Perevalne, but the real reason was Nariman Dzhelial's participation in the Crimean Platform's founding summit.

Qırımtatarlar came to the 'Supreme Court building to support the prisoners. Russian security forces detained 14 people, including journalist Lutfiye Zudiyeva. Later, another 'court' fined four detainees and placed journalist Kulamet Ibraimov under administrative arrest. On August 1, he was released.

The whereabouts of Melitopol resident Kostiantyn Zinovkin have not been known for three months 

On May 12, Kostiantyn Zinovkin, a resident of Melitopol, left his home and never returned. His whereabouts are still unknown. 

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The ZMINA Human Rights Centre reported this. 

After his disappearance, the Russians searched his home. Apparently, they abducted Zinovkin, although they continue to deny it. There is no further information about the man.

Russians have been holding and torturing Kakhovka resident Oleksii Kravets in captivity for six months 

Since January 2023, Oleksii Kravets has been in Russian captivity. During this time, the security forces fabricated charges of political murder against him. 

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His acquaintance told the ZMINA Human Rights Centre about this.

Kravets was a volunteer and took people out of the temporarily occupied territory, first to Zaporizhzhia and, when this opportunity disappeared, to Qirim. The prisoner's friend disappeared, so in January 2023, Kravets was looking for him. The Russians threatened the volunteer with kidnapping if he did not stop searching.

He did not give up the search, so on January 19, the Russians kidnapped Kravets as well. At first, the security forces denied his detention but then Kravets started calling his relatives himself. Under torture, he asked them to buy expensive items he would not need in captivity, such as Apple technology. In addition, every time he talks to his family on the phone, he says: "[I] thank Putin! I am well fed, I am doing well", which indicates pressure. 

The man's family lives in Liubymivka, Kakhovka district. Andrii Shtepa headed the temporary occupation administration of the village, but on December 22, 2022, his car exploded, and the collaborator died. On that day, Kravets was in Aqmescit (Simferopol), taking people out of the temporarily occupied Kherson region. 

However, Russian security forces fabricated a case of Shtepa's murder against the prisoner. It is under consideration of a 'court' in the temporarily occupied Qirim.

Prisoner Servet Gaziev will not receive medical care 

The security forces do not give the 63-year-old Qirimli the medicines the detention centre doctor prescribes. 

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This was reported to the ZMINA Human Rights Centre by Servet's wife, Svitlana. 

In 2021, Servet Gaziev was transferred to a hospital due to a micro-stroke and was beaten there. After that, he developed pain in his spine, which still persists. He also complains of high blood pressure. 

The detention centre doctor comes randomly, not when the prisoner asks for help. He prescribed medication for the Qirimli, but the prisoner did not receive it. As a result, the prisoner's relatives and friends must deliver the medicines themselves. While in the pre-trial detention centre, Gaziev underwent a medical examination but received no results. 

Let us remind you that Servet Gaziev is a Qirimli, illegally convicted in the case of the so-called second Aqmescit (Simferopol) group of Hizb ut-Tahrir. He has been in Russian captivity since 2019.

Russian security forces prevent prisoner Seiran Khairedinov from receiving medical treatment 

At the end of May, the prisoner developed a rash all over his body and a fever. The security forces allowed him to stay under medical supervision for a week instead of two. 

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His wife Zarema told this to the Union of Relatives of Political Prisoners of Qirim. 

On May 21, Khairedinov discovered a rash near his liver. Over the next few days, it began to spread over his entire body, with itching and fever. The prisoner filed a petition stating that he could not participate in considering the appeal against the preliminary court decision. Instead, the detention centre's doctor said that Khairedinov's illness did not prevent him from participating in the hearings. 

Eventually, Khairedinov ended up at the Interregional Tuberculosis Hospital. A dermatologist diagnosed him with pityriasis without conducting any tests. She planned to treat the prisoner for 14 days, but a week later, the Russians transferred the Qirimli to the detention centre again. 

As a reminder, Khairedinov has been in captivity since 2020. The security forces fabricated terrorism charges against him. In May 2023, a Russian court sentenced him to 12 years in prison.