- part 1 of Art. 282 of the Russian criminal code (“incitement of hatred or enmity”)
- part 1 of Art.222 (“illegal procurement, transfer, sales, storage, transportation or holding weapons, its major components and ammunition”)
January 23, 2018 – July 14, 2018
the criminal case was closed due to decriminalization of article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation
31-year-old Crimean Tatar Ismail Ramazanov was arrested on 23 January 2018. That day at r 4 am FSB officers broke into the house of Ismail Ramazanov in the village of Novy Mir, Simferopol district. During the search the mobile phone of Ismail was confiscated as well as the bullets from a Makarov pistol were found. Ramazanov accused the Russian law enforcement officers of having planted them. He has been charged with incitement of “hatred and enmity” through alleged “extremist” comments aired on the radio/walkie-talkie app “Zello” that is banned in Russia. He was also accused in illegal preservation of weapon.
After the search Ismail was detained and put under pre-trial arrest. He was released from custody after 6 months in pre-trial detention on 14 July 2018. While in detention, he passed messages of support to other political prisoners, including filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.
In November 2018 the criminal case against Ismail was closed because of lack of evidence. In January 2019 the criminal case on extremism was also closed by de facto authorities due to the decriminalization of the article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
Ramazanov has refused to confess his guilt as no evidence were provided to support the accusations that he holds a “Zello” account and that the incriminated comments were made from his phone or tablet.
There are also strong grounds to believe that the bullets from the Makarov pistol allegedly found during the search at his house were planted by FSB officers. Ismail’s lawyer Alexey Ladin stated:
“Talking to me, Ramazanov explained that he has nothing to do with these ammunition as they were not present in the house before the search and there are reasons to believe that they were brought into the house by FSB officers.”
In July 2018, Ramazanov lodged a complaint to the Russian controlled Investigative Committee in Crimea denouncing the falsification of evidences in his case by an investigator.
Ramazanov accused the Russian law enforcement officers of beating him and forcing him to confess the charges. On the first court hearing that took place one day after his arrest, he complained of pain in his neck, head, shoulder and of injured fingers while he had difficulties to stand up. He stated that:
“I was beaten by the FSB officers (…) yesterday morning, at my parents’ house, and in the car when I was taken to an unknown place.”
His lawyer asked for an ambulance to be called and for a medical examination to be carried, which was refused by the Court.
Radio Liberty, In Crimea a prisoner from ‘Sentsov’ list was released https://www.svoboda.org/a/29365067.html
Krym.Realii ‘Made statements against Russian’: for what Ismal Ramazanov was arrested https://ru.krymr.com/a/28998323.html