Enver Bekirov


Security guard, head of the local Muslim community


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)


Feb. 11, 2016

Prospective sentence:

5 to 10-year imprisonment

Address of imprisonment:

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


Intermediate mailing address:

Bekirov Enver Nebievich, Center for Civil Liberties, 9-G Baseina Str., Apt. 25, Kyiv, 01004, Ukraine

days in custody

On February 11—12, 2016, Russian law enforcers conducted a series of searches and arrests in the houses of Crimean Tatars in Yalta District in occupied Crimea. In total, fourteen persons were detained, and four of them got subsequently arrested: Enver Bekirov, Emir-Usein Kuku, Muslim Aliev and Vadym Siruk.

Enver Bekirov was born on January 1, 1963, in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. During his study at the Dushanbe Physical Culture and Sports College, he obtained a title of master of sports in wrestling. For some time, he worked as a coach.

In 1990, Enver, his wife, and their little child moved for permanent residence to Crimea, where another two children were born. From the year 1992 on, the family lived in Krasnokamyanka in Yalta District. Due to the scarcity of employment opportunities, Enver had to retrain for designer and subsequently engaged in decoration and interior design. Lately, he became a watchman. He earned additionally at building repairs.

He had an active civic stand and ran the local Muslim community. As the community leader, he was engaged in charity, helped poor and low-income families, took part in funeral ceremonies.

Enver Bekirov is a second cousin of Refat Alimov’s mother. Alimov is a young prisoner who was arrested under the same charges two months after Enver. Bekirov is accused of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organization legal in Ukraine but outlawed in Russia.

Exculpatory evidence

According to the defense, the prosecution has no substantial evidence of Bekirov’s involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir.

The lawyer Alexander Popkov argues that the only “evidence” present in the case file is a recording of a “kitchen” discussion of political and religious topics, including the future of Crimea, Russia, and Ukraine and the role of Islam in both countries. The talk was secretly recorded by another person who took part in it. The man seems to have intentionally touched upon provocative topics and is likely to be an agent of security services and a phony witness.

The recording by no means proves either the involvement of the men in Hizb ut-Tahrir or their alleged planning of harmful actions.


There is no information on physical violence applied to Bekirov in a Simferopol remand jail. However, other kinds of influence are used against prisoners there.

The lawyer Emil Kurbedinov has depicted inhumane conditions of this facility: food with roaches; bedbugs and fleas which make sheets stained all over with blood; overcrowded cells where the detainees had to sleep by turn etc. The remand jail has the problems of water supply. Water is periodically cut off despite the urgent need.

In addition, Muslim prisoners are constantly fed with pork (which is banned by Islam) and obstructed when trying to perform namaz.