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Russia-controlled court arrests Crimean Tatar

Ismail Ramazanov said he was battered by the FSB.

Russia-controlled court arrests Crimean Tatar

On 24 January, a Simferopol district court in Russia-controlled Crimea arrested Crimean Tatar Ismail Ramazanov for 30 days in a remand centre, an correspondent has reported.

Yesterday, local police searched his flat and detained him on suspicion of violating Article 282 Part 1 of the Russian Criminal Code (inciting hatred or feud).

Ramazanov will remain in custody until 21 February.

Investigators claim that in October 2017, Ramazanov took to the Zello walkie-talkie app to say things which, according to experts, incite hatred towards Russians.

Cartridges were allegedly found in Ramazanov's flat during the search. His father insists a package with Makarov gun cartridges was planted.

Ramazanov told the court that employees of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) beat him during the search and transport after the detention.

"My side, shoulder and back of the head hurt. One finger is twisted," he said. He added that one of his attackers was present in the court with a mask on his face.

His lawyer Aleksey Ladin's request for a medical examination of his client was turned down.

According to the lawyer, prosecutors have failed to prove that it was Ramazanov's account and that audio recordings were uploaded from his phone or tablet.

Independent journalists, civil activists, Crimean Tatar movement activists and Crimean Muslims have been subjected to mass searches and intimidation after Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014.

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