Statement with regard to Edem Bekirov’s detention

August 14, 2019 13:11
On 9 August 2019 Edem Bekirov’s measure of restraint in form of detention in SIZO was extended until 11 October 2019 by the de facto Supreme Court of the so-called Republic of Crimea.

Edem Bekirov is a disabled person of first group (the most severe one). Mr Bekirov suffers from Type 2 diabetes. A part of his leg was amputated as a result of complication of the diabetes. Due to this Mr Bekirov always uses crutches. Edem Bekirov also has heart problems. He had heart surgeries, as a result of which artificial shunts were implanted.

During his detention in SIZO Mr. Bekirov became an insulin-dependent (which requires certain diet and regular medical control of blood counts), because of such treatment Edem Bekirov has got short of breath and edema. Despite the insulin shots his sugar level remains very high. He also has got the dysfunction of the pelvic organs and spinal blood circulation. He can sleep only in a sitting position – the only position which permits him to breathe without pain.

Due to the above-mentioned situation, Mr Bekirov’s representatives asked the European Court of Human Rights to order interim measure in the case. On 11 June 2019 the ECHR ordered the Russian government, under Rule 39, to immediately place Mr Bekirov to hospital for proper medical treatment and examination. The Russian authorities refused to comply with the order.

In the light of the above-mentioned,

We demand the authorities of the Russian Federation:

  • To comply with the order of the ECHR and immediately release Edem Bekirov;
  • To conduct prompt, effective, and impartial investigation of unlawful detention.

We ask international organizations and foreign governments:

  • To continue putting pressure on the Russia’s government to stop persecution of Crimean Tatars and, in particular, Edem Bekirov;
  • To impose personal sanctions on persons involved into gross violations of human rights in the occupied Crimea;
  • To strengthen sectoral sanctions against the Russian Federation for systematic gross violations of human rights and war crimes committed in the occupied Crimea. 

Detailed information:

On 12 December 2018 Mr Bekirov was crossing the administrative border between mainland Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula to visit his mother. At the check-point controlled by the Russian occupying authorities he was detained by the Russian Federal Security Service (“FSB”) officers. At the same day criminal proceedings were launched against him.

He was accused under Article 222(2) and 222.1(2) of the Russian Criminal Code (Illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation, or bearing of firearms, its basic parts, ammunition, explosives, and explosive devices committed by a group of persons by previous concert). According to the investigation, no later than on 4 May 2018 Mr Bekirov together with the unknown individual (the identity of the individual was not revealed) decided to store ammunition and explosives in the occupied Crimea.

It should be noted that Mr. Bekirov’s wife Gulnara Bekirova is a Ukrainian state official and a member of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar People (representative body of Crimean Tatars). Due to the fact that Mejlis leaders refused to accept the new Crimean authorities and remained loyal to the government in Kyiv, Mejlis was recognised by Russian court decision as an extremist organisation and was, therefore, banned; its members have been persecuted in the territory of the occupied Crimea.

Association of relatives of political prisoners of the Kremlin

Center for Civil Liberties

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Crimean Human Right Group


Diya Human Rights Center

Human Rights Center ZMINA

Media Initiative for Human Rights

Regional Centre for Human Rights

Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union

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