For the first time in a year and a half, Russian security forces allowed the political prisoner Emir-Usein Kuku to see his family. The wife of human rights activist Meriem Kuku informed on Facebook that the mother, brother and children of the prisoner, son Bekir and daughter Safiye, came to the prison of Simferopol.
“Safiye asked: Dad, when will you come back home? Hearing in return that it would be not soon, she burst into tears ... (in general, she seldom cries, if only she falls). Bekir was taken out green and pale. Everyone who was there came running, offering help, water, buns. When they offered to call an ambulance, Bekir tried to come to his senses, because he is afraid of doctors.... Then he said that he felt bad in the visiting booth, because it's stuffy and sad ....,” Meriem described the meeting.
In August, the term of Emir-Usein Kuku's arrest was extended until October 8, 2017. Kuku's lawyer Aleksey Ladin said that the investigation had no evidence of his client’s guilt.
Reference: February 11, 2016 a wave of searches in the homes of Crimean Muslims began in the Crimea aiming to present them as "terrorists". Eight of the twelve detainees were released. Emir-Usein Kuku, Vadim Siruk, Enver Bekirov and Muslim Aliyev remain in custody. All of them were detained on suspicion of participating in the organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is considered terrorist in Russia. Refat Alimov and Arsen Dzepparov were detained by law enforcers on April 18, 2016.
The so-called case of Hizb ut-Tahrir has became a “hallmark” of the FSB struggle against dissident Muslims in the Crimea. Under the pretext of suspicions in terrorism, calling their repressive actions a fight against extremism, Russian security forces break into homes, carry out massive illegal searches and detentions.