In occupied Crimea, the FSB has opened a criminal case against imam Fevziev and four other Crimean Tatars
Russia's occupying FSB in Crimea and Sevastopol has opened a criminal case over "preparations for the violent seizure of power" against five Crimean Tatars detained in August 2021, including Imam Raif Fevziev from Simferopol.
The press service of the FSB of Russia in Crimea and Sevastopol reported this to the Russian news agency TASS.
"Investigative Department of the FSB of Russia, in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol" in the investigation of a previously initiated criminal case under Art. 205.5 of the Criminal Code (organisation of activities of an organisation recognised as terrorist under the legislation of the Russian Federation) against five citizens of the Russian Federation a new criminal case under Part 1 of Art. 30 st. 278 of the Criminal Code (preparations for a crime, and attempted crimes)," the statement reads.
According to the occupation FSB, the accused spread "terrorist ideology, recruited new members to a terrorist organization“ among the population of the peninsula.
What is known
- In August 2021, the FSB conducted mass searches of Muslim and Crimean Tatar homes: in the village of Stroganivka, Simferopol district, in the house of a local imam - Raif Fevziev; in the village of Ternivka, Balaklava district, in the house of Jabbar Bekirov; in the village of Kholmivka, Bakhchysaray, in the houses of Rustem Murasov and Rustem Tairov.
- Raif Fevziev and Jabbar Bekirov are suspected under Part 1 of Art. 205.5 of the Criminal Code of Russia (organisation of activities of an organisation recognised as terrorist under the legislation of the Russian Federation), the rest - under Part 2. Art. 205.5 of the Criminal Code of Russia (Participation in a terrorist organization). After the searches, they all were detained. On August 17 and 18, "judges'' chose a measure of restraint in the form of detention for all detainees.
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