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Crimean Tatar blogger and journalist Nariman Memedeminov was detained for a year and a half in a Russian pre-trial detention center for freedom of thought.

Crimean Tatar blogger and journalist Nariman Memedeminov was detained for a year and a half in a Russian pre-trial detention center for freedom of thought.


By ZN.UA / HromadskeTV
09.16.2019 [September 16, 2019]
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Blogger and journalist Nariman Memedeminov

Crimean Tatar blogger and journalist Nariman Memedeminov was detained for a year and a half in a Russian pre-trial detention center essentially for freedom of thought. He is basically accused of journalistic activity. He is persecuted for national, religious and professional reasons.

On 16 September he was appointed by lawyer Liliya Gemadzhi, along with other activists and journalists persecuted in occupied Crimea, to the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Participating States Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) ) in Warsaw (the largest in Europe). annual conference on human rights and democracy). The accusations against Memedeminov are artificial: he is accused of essentially journalistic activity.

An activist of the public association “Crimean Solidarity” was detained in a building in the district of Bakhchysarai. The court arrested and charged him under part 2 of art. 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (public appeals for terrorist activities committed using the Internet).

Speaking in court, Memedeminov said the investigation refuses to recognize him as a citizen of Ukraine and has prosecuted him on a national, religious and professional basis and seeks to present him as a native of Uzbekistan to deny the fact that he belongs to Crimea. Tartar people.

Crimean lawyer Edem Semedlyaev believes that Memedeminov’s active civic position was the reason for the journalist’s persecution: “He is a citizen journalist, blogger and streamer, that is, he is one of the first who was not afraid and began to come in court in support of the Crimean Tatars.

Nariman Memedeminov is now being held in a pre-trial detention center in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

The National Union of Ukrainian Journalists (NSZH) called Memedeminov’s arrest in Crimea “a violation of the right to freedom of thought and free access and dissemination of information, including via the Internet”.

The military court of the North Caucasian district of Rostov-on-Don questioned a religious scholar, Timur Urazmetov, who was part of a group that was preparing extensive linguistic and religious experience in the case of the civilian journalist Memedeminov. It was this group that formed the basis of a criminal case [against him]. This was reported by lawyer Eden Semedlyaev.

“We insist on this [any] conclusions about Islamic statements should be made by a person who professes Islam, who understands the subtleties and specifics of religion. He should be a specialist who has some knowledge of Islam, and not just a history-teaching bodybuilder, author of several works of dubious science on the Hizb ut-Tahrir party, who believes that such publications allow him to [claim] religious expertise, “said the lawyer.

Source: ZN, UA / HromadskeTV

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