> Russia illegally detains 181 Kremlin prisoners

> Russia illegally detains 181 Kremlin prisoners

According to the Mission of the President of Ukraine in ARC, this is the number of Ukrainian citizens illegally detained by Russians in occupied Crimea or taken to Russia. 40 of them are arrested, 122 are imprisoned, 18 have no procedural status, and two have been released but are still in the centre for the temporary detention of foreign nationals. About 60% of the illegally detained are Qırımtatarlar.

Russians also illegally detain Ukrainians in other occupied regions. There is less public information about their fates, as Russia denies the facts of these illegal arrests.

The Media Initiative for Human Rights has identified about 100 places where abducted civilians are being held.

On April 7, the occupation forces sent Amet Suleimanov, who needs heart valve replacement surgery, to a detention centre

In 2020, they falsified charges against Suleimanov for allegedly participating in a 'terrorist organisation'. The Qırımtatarlar has a serious heart condition and needs constant medical care — the informal human rights organisation Crimean Solidarity. 

As a reminder, in 2020, charges of alleged participation in a "terrorist organisation" were falsified against Suleimanov.

He was held under house arrest for three years, which is unprecedented for such cases. Given Suleimanov's health condition and the lack of medical care in the detention centre, his stay there could have led to his death.

Nevertheless, on February 9, 2023, the Russian Court of Appeal issued a "verdict" of 12 years in the colony. Staying in the colony threatens Suleymanov's life due to his illness.

On April 5, the verdict came into force. The occupation forces illegally took Suleimanov into custody and took him to a temporary detention centre in Bağçasaray. On April 7, he was transferred to a pre-trial detention centre in Simferopol. 

Staying in the detention centre and the colony threatens Suleimanov's life due to his illness.

The occupation court prevented illegally detained Irina Danylovych from completing her acquaintance with the falsified case against her — the human rights project Qırım Gayesi.

As a reminder, Danylovych is a civic journalist sentenced by the occupation court in Crimea to 7 years of illegal imprisonment on trumped-up charges of allegedly possessing explosives.

The illegally detained Ukrainian citizen appealed against this decision. 

The Сourt of First Instance transferred the case to the appellate instance before Danylyovych completed her review of the materials.

Danylyovych's health condition has not improved: she complains of headaches, hearing loss, and problems with coordination. Earlier, she went on a hunger strike to receive medical care. The occupation forces promised to fulfil this demand.

On April 7, the occupation forces abducted a citizen of Ukraine, Serhii Horiunov.

He lived in the occupied Crimea — propaganda resources. 

Russian security forces are seeking to falsify charges of alleged espionage against him.

Russian propagandists claim that Horiunov was allegedly born in the Rivne region and allegedly planned to damage an electricity substation in occupied Kerch. 

Russian propagandists claim that Horiunov was allegedly born in the Rivne region and allegedly planned to damage an electricity substation in the temporarily occupied Kerch.

Russian security forces transfer illegally detained Diliaver Gafarov to a punishment cell

The administration of the colony sent Gafarov to the punishment cell, although he is fasting during the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, he is not allowed to eat during daylight hours. However, according to the rules of staying in the punishment cell, one can eat only during specially designated daytime hours — the informal human rights organisation Crimean Solidarity.

The security forces sentenced the Crimean Tatar to at least 15 days in a punishment cell. 

Gafarov was detained in 2018. In 2019, the occupation court illegally imprisoned the Crimean Tatar for 10 years on trumped-up charges of allegedly serving in the Noman Çelebicihan Battalion.

On April 11, a Russian court once again placed Ukrainian citizen Leniie Umerova under illegal administrative arrest 

Russian security forces have been illegally detaining her for four months — the Crimean Human Rights Group. 

In December 2022, Umerova travelled from Kyiv to occupied Crimea as her father's health deteriorated. He lives on the occupied peninsula. 

She crossed the Russian-Georgian border, after which she was illegally detained.

Until March 16, she was held in the Centre for the Temporary Detention of Foreign Citizens. After that, she was abducted by unknown persons and taken to Vladikavkaz. There, she was detained by Russian police. The court first arrested her for fifteen days. Subsequently, this was repeated two more times. 

Currently, Umerova is in a detention centre in Vladikavkaz, but the security forces are constantly moving her, Aziz, the brother of the illegally detained woman, told the online media Svidomi.

Leniie was born in Crimea, but after the occupation of the peninsula, she refused to obtain an occupation passport and moved to the government-controlled territory.