Ayder Saledinov


Emil Kurbedinov and Edem Semedlyayev


Part Two of Article 205.5 of the Russian Criminal Code (participation in the activities of an organization recognized as “terrorist” in Russia, namely the local cell of the Islamic Party of Liberation (Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami)


Oct. 12, 2016

Prospective sentence:

10 to 20 years in jail

Address of imprisonment:

Remand prison #1, 4 Lenina Ave., Simferopol, Crimea

Intermediate mailing address:

Ayder Saledinov, Center for Civil Liberties, 9-G Baseina Str., Apt. 25, Kyiv, 01004, Ukraine

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Ayder Saledinov was detained after a search of his house in the village of Strohanivka, Simferopol District of the occupied Crimea. The house was a place of residence of a large family consisting of eleven people. Russian security forces broke into at 5.50 am. Their behavior was rude and brazen, knocked out the internal door and refused to invite the neighbors as witnesses. They confiscated mobile phones, a hard drive, and several religious books. The investigator also did not provide the family with a copy of the search record.

Ayder and four other Muslims arrested in Crimea on the same day are charged with belonging to the international Islamic party Hizb ut-Tahrir, which legally operates in Ukraine and most countries of the world, but was groundlessly banned in Russia as allegedly “terrorist.” The prisoner does not acknowledge his guilt.

Shortly before his arrest, Ayder returned from Hajj (a Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca):

When they were departing to Saudi Arabia, they received foreign passports and passed ID control: their data were thoroughly checked. And now they are accused of involvement in terrorist activities since 2015. So why they got the passports? This suggests the illogicality of the charge.

Emil Kurbedinov, lawyer

After Saledinov’s arrest, his wife Guzal and four little kids remained without a breadwinner (at that moment they were 6, 5, 2 years and 10 months old respectively). Ayder was also officially registered as guardian of his 88-y.o. grandmother.

Exculpatory evidence

Russia recognizes Hizb ut-Tahrir as a “terrorist organization” despite the absence of a single proven fact of involvement of its members in the preparation or commitment of a terror act in any country over more than six decades of its existence.

Nothing but religious literature was found during the search of Ayder’s house.