A well-known Tatar human rights activist, prisoner of Russian camps Rafis Kashapov arrived in Kyiv, the director of the news agency QHA and Hayat Radio Gayana Yuksel informed on her Facebook page.

“A well-known Kazan-Tatar human rights activist, politician, a prisoner of Russian concentration camps Rafis Kashapov is in Kyiv. A man who openly opposed the occupation of the Crimea and supported Ukraine and the Crimean Tatars, being a Russian citizen,” she wrote.

In Kyiv, the activist held a meeting with the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, the Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine on Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, the Adviser to the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ismet Yüksel, and the director of the QHA agency and Hayat Radio Gayana Yüksel.

Earlier, Rafis Kashapov, who became the first convict under the article on calls for violating the territorial integrity of Russia (Article 280.1 of the Criminal Code), was released.

Kashapov was Chairman of the All-Tatar Community Center in Naberezhnye Chelny, which was recognized as extremist. The Tatar public figure was arrested in December 2014.

September 15, 2015 in Naberezhnye Chelny, a hearing was held on the case of a civil activist, Chairman of the Tatar Community Center Rafis Kashapov. The court sentenced the activist to 3 years of imprisonment in a penal colony for advocating separatism, public incitement to hatred and hostility on ethnic grounds. In addition, after serving the principal punishment, he was prohibited from using social networks for two years. Kashapov did not admit his guilt.

According to him, he only criticized Putin for annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation and believed that the possible presence of Russian troops in the Donbas would lead to a great war.

Rafis' twin brother Nafis Kashapov lived in Ukraine for a long time and is known for his pro-Ukrainian position. After emigration to Poland, Nafis Kashapov held several actions in support of Ukraine and ATO fighters