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Military Prosecutor, Lt.-Gen. Sergei Kolomiyets
Southern Military Region
Pushkinskaya Street, 72/korpus A
Fax: +7 (863) 2827968
Email: vp_uvo[email protected]
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov
Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007
Phone: 202 298 5700 I Fax: 202 298 5735
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
Dear Military Prosecutor,
I am appalled by the sentencing of Emir-Usein Kuku, Muslim Aliev, Vadim Siruk, Enver Bekirov, Arsen Dzhepparov and Refat Alimov on 12 November 2019 to long prison terms.
Since their arrest, more than three years ago, the rights of these men have been repeatedly and seriously violated. Their prosecution under Russian criminal law before a military court violates international humanitarian law and their right to a fair trial. The charges against them are trumped-up, and no credible evidence of any internationally recognizable crime has been provided against them during their protracted trial.
Despite this, they have been found guilty by the Southern District Military Court of “organizing of the activities of a terrorist organization” and “attempted forcible seizure of power” (Part 2 of Article 205.5, Article 30, and Article 278 of the Russian Criminal Code) and given lengthy prison sentences: Muslim Aliyev has been sentenced to 19 years in a penal colony, Enver Bekirov to 18 years, Vadim Siruk and Emir-Usein Kuku to 12 years each, Refat Alimov to eight years and Arsen Dzhepparov to seven years.
This prosecution follows a pattern of persecution of members of the Crimean Tatar community and all dissenting voices, following the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.
I am calling for an immediate and unconditional release of Emir-Usein Kuku and his co-defendants and urge you to take all necessary steps to ensure that they are freed and that their sentences are quashed.