Lawyer Kurbedinov released after 10 days of administrative arrest

Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov was released from the detention centre in Simferopol after the ten-day arrest.

Photo by Anton Naumluk

As reported by Anton Naumluk on his Facebook page.

His colleagues, family and activists came to meet him.

As a reminder, on January 26, Emil Kurbedinov was detained by the officers of the Center E (Center for Combating Extremism) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. On the same day, according to the decision of the court he was sentenced to an administrative arrest for a term of 10 days for alleged distribution of extremist materials. Illegal searches were conducted in his house and office and files, containing advocate secrets, were seized. Human rights defenders fear that the administrative proceeding of Emil Kurbedinov could escalate into criminal proceeding and appeal to the official Ukraine and the world to respond as active as possible to the repression against one of the few independent lawyers, who are still working in the Crimea.

Among the defendants of Emil Kurbedinov – Ilmi UmerovMykola SemenaEmir-Useyin Kuku and other defendants in the cases of Crimean Muslims and so-called cases of saboteurs (particularly, Redvan Suleymanov).

During the week, Ukrainian public organizationsFreedom House, Russian lawyers, representative of the European Court and other human rights institutions made statements demanding the release of Kurbedinov.

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