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Russia releases Crimean Tatar activist from custody

He was released on personal recognizance.

Russia releases Crimean Tatar activist from custody
Edem Bekirov

The Russian occupying authorities in Crimea have released political prisoner Edem Bekirov from custody, Krym.Realii has reported, quoting lawyers Oleksiy Ladin and Islyam Velilyayev.

The Tsentralnyy district court in Simferopol has released Bekirov, who has been suspected of storing ammunition, from a remand centre on personal recognizance.

Earlier, Bekirov was assigned another medical test to see if he is fit to be in a pretrial detention centre. Before this, the Russia-controlled Crimean supreme court cancelled his move to Krasnoperekopsk.

Edem Bekirov, a resident of the Novooleksiyivka village in Kherson Region, was detained by Russian law enforcers as he was entering Crimea on 12 December 2018. He was going to see his 78-year-old mother and relatives but was arrested on suspicion of storing and handing out explosives and weapons.

Bekirov repeatedly denied charges. He is an amputee with serious health problems.

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