Rustem Ismailov


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 295006, Crimea

Intermediate mailing address:

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

days in custody

Rustem Ismailov was detained on 12 October 2016 after a search of his house in the village of Kamyanka, Simferopol District of the occupied Crimea. Russian security forces led by FSB detective Aleksandr Lavrov broke into at 6 am knocking out the door and frightening the children. Ruslan was blown and handcuffed at the very start. The invaders thoroughly studied the papers they found (including university notes in Chemistry of Rustem’s wife Fatma) and confiscated all the mobile phones, including the one accidentally left behind by a neighbor.

The law enforcers rummaged through the house from top to bottom. They found $13,000 left for storage by Rustem’s brother who was doing business in Krasnodar Krai. They seized them too.

Fatma Ismailova, prisoner’s wife

Rustem 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, Rustem 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

Rustem Ismailov is a father of three little kids (at that moment they were 7, 6, and 2,5 years old respectively).

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 Rustem’s house.