The russians once again intimidate human rights defenders: they detained the activist Liutfiie Zudiieva 

22 / 02 / 2024

This became known in the morning of February 22, reports “Crimean Solidarity”. 
According to CrimeaSOS analyst Yevhenii Yaroshenko, human rights defenders are one of the vulnerable groups that are subject to systematic persecution in the occupied Crimea. The motive for the search of Lutfiie’s house and the incrimination of the administrative case was the intention to stop the journalistic and human rights activities of Zudiieva and other activists. In this way, the russians are trying to intimidate activists and human rights defenders in order to suppress any resistance in Crimea. The russians intensify searches every year in January-February. Presumably, this is connected with the anniversaries of the occupation of Crimea. 
On February 22, around six in the morning, four cars drove up to the house of the “Crimean Solidarity” activist Liutfiie Zudiieva, and a little later, an SUV. Four masked employees got out of it and entered the house. At that time, Liutfiie, her husband and children – 9 and 12 years old – were at home. 
The security forces exceeded their authority during the search: they did not answer questions and did not let anyone into the house, in particular – lawyers Emil Kurbedinov and Edem Semedliaiev. Liutfiie’s mother-in-law also tried to enter the yard, but the security forces pushed her out and closed the gate. Those who came to the place of search were filmed by the security forces. Law enforcement officials searched everything, including the attic. They looked through all the gadgets, even the children’s. The video surveillance recorder, all phones, flash drives and a laptop were taken from Liutfiie. 
When the search was over, Liutfiie was taken out of the house and taken to the Centre for Countering Extremism (the so-called “E” Centre). Activists Emil Kurbedinov and Edem Semedliaiev followed her. An administrative offense protocol was drawn up against Liutfiie (Article 13.15 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the russian federation — “Abuse of freedom of mass information”). This article provides for a fine. As of 11 a.m., Liutfiie left the “E” Centre, where she was taken to draw up a protocol. 
“Over the years of occupation, at least 14 cases of persecution of human rights defenders were recorded in Crimea” – Yevhenii Yaroshenko, CrimeaSOS analyst, noted.  
For example, a member of the Crimean Human Rights Contact Group, Emir-Usein Kuku, the coordinator of “Crimean Solidarity” Server Mustafaev, and a nurse, citizen journalist and human rights defender Iryna Danylovych were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment on fabricated cases. A year prior to the imprisonment, Kuku was brutally beaten by FSB officers. In 2014, unknown persons in FSB uniform exposed the son and nephew of human rights defender Abdureshyt Dzhepparov, their fate is still unknown. During the full-scale war, Dzhepparov was twice searched and twice placed under administrative arrest.  
Human rights activist and citizen journalist Liutfiie Zudiieva is not the first to experience repression in Crimea. In 2019, after her arrest, she was fined RUB 2,000 for allegedly displaying symbols of a terrorist organization. In 2023, she was detained near the building where the court hearing in the case of Nariman Dzhelial and the Akhtemov brothers was broadcast, and later fined RUB 12,000 for allegedly organizing a mass simultaneous stay of citizens in public places. 
We shall remind you that on February 15, 2024, at 11 p.m., the occupiers detained another Crimean human rights defender, Emil Kurbedinov, a lawyer for victims of politically motivated cases. It happened near the FSB building in Simferopol. Emil is charged with an administrative offense (Article 13.15 of the Code of the russian federation, Part 9). Most likely, the russian special services are preparing a base in order to deprive Kurbedinov of his license. 


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