Ukrainian prisoner in Russia on hunger strike

The political prisoner Ruslan Zeitullaev at the meeting of the North-Caucasian district military court in Rostov-on-don (Russia) Tuesday, April 4, has announced indefinite hunger strike. He also put forward a number of requirements, in particular, to release it and pass it and other defendants in the case of Ukraine, writes “15 minutes”.

Zeitullaev in his petition said that from the moment when the Crimea was to be virtually under the occupation of Russia, on the Peninsula deliberately violated the rights of the Crimean Tatar people. In addition, the prisoner said that he refused to eat until until you have freed all the persecuted for politically motivated criminal cases.

Here is the text of the statement:

“I Zeytulaev Ruslan Borisovich, directly caught in this difficult situation around my people, the Crimean Tatars, for the sake of justice refuse to eat food, go on a hunger strike and demand that:

  • To terminate the criminal case in respect of all of the Crimean Tatars on articles about extremism and terrorism, the case 26 Feb.
  • To allow the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine in SIZO No. 1 of the city of Rostov-on-don for a personal meeting with its representatives.
  • To cancel the decision of Severo-the Caucasian district military court in Russia three citizens of Ukraine, located in the colony, only on religious and ethnic grounds. So see me and my long-suffering people, and all human rights organizations in Russia and abroad, i.e. in other countries, the Consulate General of Ukraine, the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Russia and International bodies such as OSCE and PACE, the European Parliament and finally adopted in 2016, the UN resolution on human rights in Crimea and the movement of citizens of the Crimea to Russia in a violent way.
  • To pass me and three other defendants in this criminal case the state of Ukraine as citizens of this state.
  • Dear ask the court to consider the petition to take alwaysagree procedural decision.
  • The request to file the statement of the prisoner to the materials of the criminal case the judge dismissed, arguing it is “political and not relate to it”.

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    Zeitullaev Ruslan, Rustem Vaitova, Nuri Primova and Ferat Sayfullaeva accused of creating and participating in the Sevastopol cell “Hizb-ut-Tahrir”. North Caucasus military district court sentenced Zeitullaev to 7 years and the others to 5 years of imprisonment.

    Seifullaev and Waithow serve their sentences in the Rostov colony, and Primov — in the colony in the village Clear of the Soviet district in the Republic of Mari El.

    27 December 2016, Russia’s Supreme court overturned the verdict of the Crimean Tatar Ruslan Zeitullaev and sent his “case” for a new trial.