Nuri (Yuriy) Primov



Emil Kurbedinov


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)

Date of capture:

Jan. 23, 2015


5 years in general-regime penal colony

Mailing address:

Primov Yuriy Vladimirovich (born 1976), penal colony #5, 3 Yasnaya Str., township of Yasny, Sovetsky District, Mari El Republic, 425408, Russia

days in custody

Yuriy Primov is a Crimean Tatar who was born in Tashkent on 31 July 1976. He resided in the village of Shturmove (a part of the city of Sevastopol). He graduated from Karpenko-Kary Kyiv University of Theatre, Cinema, and Television. He is a divorcee and a father of one child.

In January 2015, FSB operatives conducted a search in Primov’s house. As an outcome, they confiscated all the kinds of data carriers (computers, disks, and USB flash drives). Yuriy himself was arrested and accused of organizing the activity of the Islamic Party of Liberation (Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami) in the villages of Orlyne, Tylove, and Shturmove (Sevastopol’s Balaklava District).

Primov has not pled guilty and refused to witness against himself during the investigation.

On 7 September 2016, a military court in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don sentenced Primov to 5 years in penal colony.

Exculpatory evidence:

Multiple violations took place in the course of the investigation:

  • The court hearings regarding the extension of the preventive measure to Primov were not transparent. The audience was barred from entering the courtroom under various pretexts.
  • The court violated Primov’s right to defense by denying the presence of a public defender at the court hearings along with the lawyer.
  • The court denied the access of the defense to the case materials that substantiated the prolongation of the detention term.
  • The court dismissed the application of the defense on the disqualification of the judge filed on the basis of the abovementioned facts that point at his direct or indirect interest in the outcome of the case.
  • The investigator did not provide the lawyer and the defendant with copies of the case materials. Thereby they were deprived of the possibility to file a relevant complaint and other rights guaranteed by Russian and international law.
  • The investigator dismissed the application of the defense on the disqualification of the expert on the basis of his incompetence and bias.
  • The investigation has kept secret the locations of the expertises, which contradicts Russia’s procedural law.