At pickets in Moscow, activists remembered Musa Suleymanov, who died in occupied Crimea

Микола Матвійчук
12:51, 31 July
At pickets in Moscow, activists remembered Musa Suleymanov, who died in occupied Crimea
Image source: Ольгицца Вишневецька

Activists of the Russian initiative "Strategy-30" came out with monthly single pickets on the streets of Moscow on July 30.

The picketers put the name of three-year-old Musa Suleymanov, who died in Crimea, on posters. Thus, the activists expressed their support for the family of the boy, whose father - Ruslan Suleymanov is in the Crimean pre-trial detention center in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir case".

During the action, activists also unfolded a rushnik with the text "Crimea is Ukraine". As the activists explained, this canvas was embroidered for the International Friends' Day by Lyubov Novoselska "with a declaration of love for Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars".

As part of the Strategy-30 campaign, Russian opposition activists regularly hold events in support of Ukrainian political prisoners. They go to peaceful pickets and rallies demanding the release of political prisoners, an end to Russian aggression against Ukraine, and the deoccupation of Crimea.

What is known

  • On March 27, 2019, the occupying security forces conducted mass illegal searches in the homes of Crimean Tatars in Crimea. The occupying FSB said it had detained 20 members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is considered terrorist in Russia. Nine detainees, including Ruslan Suleymanov, were arrested on March 27.
  • Suleymanov's three-year-old son disappeared on July 24 at about 6 p.m., from the sandbox near the house, at Azatlyk street, 8 in the village of Stroganovka. He was cared for by his sister, who is several years older than him. She was distracted for 10 minutes by going into the house, and when she returned to the yard - did not find her brother there.
  • After a day and a half of searching for the missing three-year-old Musa Suleymanov in the village of Stroganovka, Simferopol district, they found him dead in a  drain pit near the yard where he was last seen.
  • The occupation ministry of the interior named the cause of death of the three-year-old son of a Crimean Tatar political prisoner. According to them, the boy drowned.
  • On July 25, the Crimean occupation prosecutor's office opened a case under Article 105 of the Russian Criminal Code on "murder of a minor." The occupying prosecutor's office threatened the child's parents to "take comprehensive prosecutorial measures" after they "assess the actions of parents regarding the proper performance of responsibilities for the upbringing of a minor child.