Urgent Action Update: Conviction of Crimeans Must be Quashed (Russian Federation: UA 126.19)

The Russian Military Court of Appeal will imminently review the verdict of human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku and his five co-defendants. The six men were arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea, brought before a Russian military court, convicted under trumped-up charges and handed lengthy prison sentences in November 2019, following unfair trials. They are prisoners of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released and their sentences quashed.



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Valeriy Georgievich Petrov
Chief Military Prosecutor
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Ambassador Anatoly Antonov
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Chief Military Prosecutor,

I am writing to you concerning the case of human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku and his co-defendants Muslim Aliev, Vadim Siruk, Enver Bekirov, Arsen Dzhepparov and Refat Alimov. The six men, all Crimean residents, have not committed any crime, yet have already spent more than four years behind bars and separated from their families and loved ones. It is time to put an end to this injustice.

They were arrested in 2016 and in November 2019 they were convicted under trumped-up “terrorism”-related charges and other charges, even though no credible evidence of their involvement in any internationally recognizable crime was presented during their trial. Their prosecution is politically motivated. Their transfer from Crimea to Russia and their trial before a military court violated international humanitarian law and their right to a fair trial. Muslim Aliyev was sentenced to 19 years in prison, Enver Bekirov to 18 years, Vadim Siruk and Emir-Usein Kuku to 12 years each, Refat Alimov to 8 years and Arsen Dzhepparov to 7 years.

This case is emblematic of the persecution of members of the Crimean Tatar community and all dissenting voices in Crimea following its occupation and annexation by Russia in 2014. Human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku and his family have faced numerous instances of harassment by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) before his arrest in 2016, which, together with his subsequent arrest and imprisonment under false charges, represented the ultimate effort to silence him for exposing human rights violations in Crimea. I urge you to take all necessary steps to ensure that the criminal prosecution of Emir-Usein Kuku, Muslim Aliev, Vadim Siruk, Enver Bekirov, Arsen Dzhepparov and Refat Alimov stops, they are immediately and unconditionally released, and their criminal records are cleared.

Yours sincerely,