The Kremlin-controlled Kyiv district court of Simferopol arrested Crimean Tatar activist Marlen Mustafayev for 12 days, according to a public organization Crimean Solidarity.

The trial was held at open session. Mustafayev was accused of violating Article 20.3 of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation (propaganda or public display of prohibited symbols).

According to the investigation, in August 2014 Mustafayev made a publication on his Facebook page with the symbols of the organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is considered illegal in the Russian Federation.

The close relatives and friends of Mustafayev gathered at the court building to express their support.

Previously, it was reported that the Crimean Tatar activist Marlen Mustafayev was suspected of publishing a post in a social network that allegedly promotes forbidden symbols.

September 4, in the village of Kamianka (Simferopol district) in the occupied Crimea the house Mustafayev was searched. According to preliminary data, the search was initiated by the FSB.

Marlen Mustafayev had already been arrested for 11 days over a publication. On March 4, 2017, he was released. Then the Crimean Tatar was also brought to responsibility for reposts in the social network, made before the occupation of the Crimea.