An operative of the occupying FSB compiled a transcript of audio recordings in the most massive Hizb ut-Tahrir case

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12:28, 06 April
An operative of the occupying FSB compiled a transcript of audio recordings in the most massive Hizb ut-Tahrir case
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In the Southern District Military Court of the Russian Rostov-on-Don, during the interrogation of "FSB operative", Renat Valiulin in the case of the second Simferopol group Hizb ut-Tahrir, it became clear that he made transcripts of conversations at the meeting of defendants with audio sources on the Internet.

Crimean Solidarity reported about it on April 5.

Valiulin admitted that he learned about the terminology and ideology of the Islamic political party Hizb ut-Tahrir from open sources on the Internet.  He cited, Wikipedia and methodological sources as examples.

Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Higher School of Economics, expert Dmitry Dubrovsky doubts that the "FSB officer" is qualified for the analysis of spoken language.  According to him, the sources used by the "operative" are not a reliable knowledge base, and the content of conversations may require special knowledge.  He also expressed doubts that Valiulin was an expert in phonoscopy, stenography and spoken language analysis.

Lawyer Maria Eismont noted that the FSB officer answered "I do not remember" to all questions and referred to the materials of the criminal case, the date and time of which he could not explain.

The operative could not answer the question of whether the defendants had weapons or special training, but for some reason, he mentioned that Raim Aivazov had a car wash.

According to Eismont, it was the operative who took part in the abduction of Raim Aivazov, a person involved in the case. Valiulin put a bag on his head, threatened to shoot him, and forced him to confess to terrorist activities.

"For future historians, this interrogation will be indicative - as, without any evidence, innocent people are given heavy prison sentences", -​​ the defender said.

What is known

  • On March 27, 2019, in Crimea, the most mass searches in the Crimean Tatar houses for the last decades took place. Investigative actions were carried out in Kamianets (Pervomaisky district), Stroganovka, Bile (Simferopol district).
  • Twenty-five Crimean Tatar civic activists had been accused of involvement in the Islamic political party Hizb ut-Tahrir, which was recognized as a terrorist in Russia in 2003, but operates without restriction at the national level of many countries.
  • Five Crimean Tatars were sentenced to life imprisonment under Part 1 of Art. 205.5 of the Criminal Code (Organization of a terrorist organization). The rest - up to 20 years in prison under Part 2 of Art. 205.5 of the Criminal Code (participation in a terrorist organization).
  • All defendants were also charged with up to 10 years in prison under Part 1 of Art. 30 and Art. 278 of the Criminal Code (Preparation for the violent seizure of power).