Urgent Action: Prisoners of Conscience Awaiting Sentence (Russian Federation: UA 126.19)

The final hearing in the trial of Emir-Usein Kuku and his co-defendants is expected soon. Emir-Usein Kuku is a Crimean Tatar who peacefully denounced the human rights violations taking place since the occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation. He has been in pretrial detention, separated from his wife and children, since February 2016, and is facing trumped-up charges which carry up to 25 years in prison. Emir-Usein Kuku and his co-defendants are prisoners of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.



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Yuriy Yakovlevich Chaika
Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation
ul. Dmitrovka, d.15a
125993 Moscow GSP-3
Russian Federation
Fax: +7495 987 58 41/ +7495 692 17 25
Twitter: @Genproc
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov
Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Prosecutor General,

I am writing concerning the ongoing prosecution of Crimean Tatars Emir-Usein Kuku, Muslim Aliev, Vadim Siruk, Enver Bekirov, Arsen Dzhepparov and Refat Alimo. Emir-Usein Kuku is a human rights defender who is being prosecuted as a reprisal for his human rights work.

The six men stand accused of being members or organizing a local group of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organization banned as “terrorist” in the Russian Federation. Emir-Usein Kuku has also been charged with “forcible seizure of power or forcible retention of power” (Article 278 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). There is no credible evidence that they have been involved in any internationally recognizable crime.

In violation of international humanitarian law, they have been prosecuted under Russian criminal law, and transferred from Crimea to Rostov-on-Don, in Russia, where their case is being heard by a military court.

I urge you to take all necessary steps, within your authority as the Prosecutor General, to ensure that the trumped-up charges against Emir-Usein Kuku and his co-defendants are dropped and that they are released immediately and unconditionally.

Yours sincerely,


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