~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.

The ZMINA Human Rights Centre has found that at least 21 prisoners require urgent medical care and may die unless they receive it.

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 one hundred places where abducted civilians are held.

The Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Qırım) confirms 204 illegally imprisoned Ukrainian citizens, 123 of whom are Qırımtatarlar.

During the full-scale war, 2,828 Ukrainian citizens were returned to Ukraine, including 150 civilians.

Russians transferred illegally convicted Arsen Abkhairov to a strict regime colony in Buryatia

Abkhairov, illegally convicted in the case of the Krasnogvardeisk Hizb ut-Tahrir group, was transferred from the Yeniseysk prison to the strict regime colony in Buryatia.

The wife of the prisoner, Azize Abkhairova, said this to Crimean Solidarity.

The wife found out about her husband's transfer on January 10. Then Arsen Abkhairov called her via the prison's Zonatelecom connection but did not specify to which colony he was being transferred. The Qırımli spent two years in the Yeniseysk prison.

The Southern District Military Court sentenced the man to 13 years in prison. His time in the pre-trial detention centre was not counted as part of his general prison sentence. His lawyer, Mariia Terekhova, tried to appeal the court's decision but failed. 

It will be recalled that on February 14, 2019, the Russians detained Rustem Emiruseinov, Eskender Abdulganiev and Arsen Abkhairov and accused them of participating in the political party Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is banned in Russia. 

Illegally detained Rustem Sheikhaliiev is denied hospitalisation and examination despite blood pressure problems

The citizen journalist Rustem Sheikhaliiev was not hospitalised after he suffered a heavy nosebleed during a hearing on January 16.

Human rights activist Lilia Hemedzhi said this, according to Crimean Solidarity. 

He participated in the hearing via video link from Detention Centre No. 3 in Novocherkassk. After the prisoner started bleeding, he was taken to the medical unit and then returned to his cell.

"Rustem said that the medical unit staff did not adjust the pressure column to the required level, and thus, it showed a pressure that is considered normal," said Hemedzhi's lawyer, citing the prisoner.

The detention centre administration refuses to provide Sheikhaliiev with additional examinations and hospitalisation. 

It will be recalled that the prisoner was denied an electrocardiogram. The man suspects that he has heart failure.

According to him, another prisoner died in this detention centre recently. No details of the death were provided. Also, last year, Qırımli activist Dzhemil Hafarov, who regularly complained about his health, died in the same detention centre.

Employees of the Crimean SIZO 2 abused and beat illegally detained Ekrem Krosh

Qırımli Ekrem Krosh, who was illegally arrested in January 2023, was abused in the Crimean Detention Centre 2.

The Graty media outlet published this.

The Russian FSB detained Qırımli in the temporarily occupied Blizhniy Gorod district of Dzhankoy (Canköy) a year ago. He was accused of alleged "involvement" in the Islamic party Hizb ut-Tahrir, recognised by Russia as a terrorist organisation.

In January 2023, a so-called court in the temporarily occupied Qırım arrested Krosh and sent him to SIZO-1 in Simferopol (Aqmescit). He was later transferred to SIZO-2. In August 2023, Ekrem Krosh was transferred to the pre-trial detention centre in Rostov-on-Don in Russia.

Conditions in the second Crimean detention centre were harsh. The prisoners were abused, beaten with a stun gun and forced to learn the Russian national anthem. The Qırımli was forbidden to pray, and during the inspection, they stripped him completely despite his religious beliefs.

"They pressured me psychologically, threatened to break me. I didn't say anything at all. I was reciting a dua (prayer — ed.) to myself. One of the security forces saw my lips moving and drew the attention of the other officers to it. The shift supervisor told another: Bring the 'educator'. He brought a stun gun", 

Ekrem says about one of the evening checks in the detention centre.

After that, the Qırımli wrote a complaint to the head of the SIZO, Nikolay Ryabov. The prisoner was summoned to Ryabov's office, where the head of the SIZO hit Krosh in the ear and under the left eye.

"On June 20, I was transferred to SIZO-1 again. I think it was because I saw my wife and mother. I told them everything during a short visit. They and my cellmates saw the bruise," Ekrem Krosh said.

It will be recalled that Qırımli's brother, activist Enver Krosh, was detained in 2022 on suspicion of being a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir. In 2015, Russians tortured Enver Krosh with electricity to recruit him to the FSB.

The charges against Kyrylo Barannyk, illegally detained in the case of the undermining of railway tracks in Qırım, have been changed

The Russians have toughened the "charges" against Kyrylo Barannyk in the case of the undermining of railway tracks in the temporarily occupied Qırım. 

The Russian human rights media project AvtozakLIVE reports this.

The Russians substituted the article on the so-called "sabotage" with two harsher ones — "high treason" and "participation in the activities of a terrorist organisation". The prisoner may face life imprisonment.

Throughout the year, Russian security forces have been preparing several criminal cases against activists from Qırım. According to AvtozakLIVE, they managed to link several defendants in cases of sabotage and terrorist attacks in Qırım. It is not yet known how many of the detainees have had their charges changed.

The prisoner does not know the other defendants, with whom, according to the Russians, he participated in the alleged activities of a "terrorist organisation".

"We do not know Kyrylo's position on the new charges. Earlier, FSB officers tortured Kyrylo with electric shocks and forced him to confess to the "sabotage" charge," 

the human rights organisation said.

It will be recalled that Kyrylo Barannyk is a resident of the temporarily occupied Aqmescit and a master of sports in orienteering. In 2016, he participated in an international competition under the Ukrainian flag. 

On May 30, 2023, Russians detained him in the temporarily occupied Aqmescit. During the first interrogation, he immediately admitted that he damaged the railway tracks near Poshtove. 

Russians conducted illegal searches in the house of the deputy head of the Election Commission of the Crimean Tatar Assembly (Qurultay)

In the temporarily occupied Qırım, Russian security forces conducted illegal searches in the house of Nazim Memetov, a lawyer and deputy chairman of the Election Commission of the Crimean Tatar Assembly (Qurultay).

Crimean Solidarity reported this.

20 Russian security officers searched the Qırımli's house for four hours. Russian Criminal Investigation Department employees took away Memetov's mobile phone and laptop.

Such actions were explained as allegedly "operational and search measures" based on a resolution of the so-called "court".

Memetov calls the searches "an act of intimidation". 

"Fortunately, my minor child did not see this horror, these armed men. I am afraid that there would be irreparable damage to her health," the lawyer said.

In August 2018, Nazim Memetov, deputy head of the Election Commission of the Crimean Tatar Assembly (Qurultay), was summoned to the Krasnogvardeisky department of the Russian Investigative Committee because of a "false denunciation" by a neighbour.