The New Hybrid Deportation
In five years, ten thousand Crimeans left their homeland and moved to mainland Ukraine. The UN refugee agency reports that most of them are Crimean Tatars. They were forced to replace their passports, threatened, pressured and persecuted. Most of them left their homes which they had bult stone by stone for 20 years since return from Stalin's deportation.
New hybrid deportation is what they call it. The massive anti "terrorist" operation, the “Hizb ut-Tahrir*” case, hit Crimeans hard. Approximately fifty Crimean Muslims are imprisoned. It is quite simple to get into an unfavourable position in the eyes of the state police: a private discussion at home of specific topics that are important for every Muslim. This series is focused on the relatives and families of political prisoners. Their lives have changed right after the morning searches. This series is about the little daily fights against the Russian court system in Crimea which looks like A "Potemkin" village rather than a successful political decision of the century.
*organization is officially banned in Russia
Liana Belialova, the wife of the Crimean Tatar Emil Dzhemadenov, in her house in Kamenka village near Simferopol, Crimea, holding her six months old daughter Asia. Dzhemadenov is one of the five accused people of the Simferopol “Hizb ut-Tahrir” case, accused of cooperating with a terrorist organization. Asia was born after the arrest of Dzhemadenov.
A woman holds a photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the celebration of the All-Crimean referendum anniversary in Sevastopol, Crimea.
Selsabil, the daughter of the accused man of the "Simferopol Five" in the case of "Hizb ut-Tahrir Uzeir Abdullaiev" shows a photo of her father, which she quietly made on her mobile phone in the courtroom.
The lawyer Edem Semedlaiev with relatives and friends of the accused people of the case of "February 26"; Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi record a video review about the results of the court session near the Central District Court of Simferopol. Lawyers distribute information about events in Crimea in social networks because local official media completely ignores cases against Crimean activists.
Sons of Muslims from Bakhchysarai, who were arrested on May 2016, proceed to the Juma-Namaz (a Friday prayer) at a mosque in the area populated by Crimean Tatars in Bakhchysarai. Muslims believe that a man, as the head of a family, is obligated to attend Friday prayers and to ask Allah about the mercy for the whole family. Before the arrests, boys visited it with their parents.
Alie Kurtametova, the wife of the Crimean activist Tofik Abdulhaziev. Her house was searched in the spring of 2017 in Simferopol. Recently Tofik was arrested along with 19 activists of Crimean public organization "Crimean Solidarity." They were helping Crimean political prisoners and families.
Red Star with a portrait of Joseph Stalin, WWII Victory Day parade in Sevastopol.
Friends and relatives of the Crimean political prisoner Emir-Usein Kuku make a namaz (an obligatory daily prayer) at his home in Koreiz village near Yalta, Crimea, on the anniversary of his arrest in February 2017. Close relatives of the Crimean political prisoners gather together on anniversaries to pray to Allah about the quick return of the prisoners to their homes.
The nephews of Refat Alimov, Crimean Tatar, who is accused in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case from the Krasnokamenka village near Yalta, at his home.
The search was carried out at the house of the Crimean Tatar Yusuf Toroz in Morske village (Kapsikhor) near Sudak, Crimea. Yusuf and his son Server were accused of possession of weapons and drugs, although nothing was found. After the search, security forces took Server in an unknown direction. Crimean activists cleared up his place only in the evening: a special group sent him to Krasnodar Kray in the mainland of the Russian Federation.
Children listen to an azan (a prayer call) of the local muezzin before the Iftar (the dinner after a fasting day in the Ramadan) in the Abdullaiev family house in the Strogonovka village near Simferopol, Crimea. Uzeir and Teimur Abdullaiev are the main suspects in the Simferopol "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case. They are known as the Taekwondo coaches. They were accused in collaboration with the organization, recognized as terroristic in the Russian Federation.
The Simferopol jail for Crimean political prisoners. According to human rights activists, since 2015, there are two times more people than it can fit.
The family of suspects of the "Yalta Hizb ut-Tahrir" case Muslim Aliev: (from left to right) the daughters Gulsum and Salime, wife Nadzhie. Aliev is accused of the organization of a terrorist cell of "Hizb ut- Tahrir." Also, he has two sons: Ilias and Seidali.
A police officer records a video of the collective prayer for the missing Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov in Bakhchysarai, Crimea.
Wives of the suspects in the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case are standing near the building of the Supreme Court of Crimea. Since May 2017, the sessions are closed for public. It is explained by "an unstable socio-political situation." The courtroom is the only place where relatives can see the prisoners, as it is quite challenging to get approval for a date in prison.