RUSTEM VAITOV

An environmentalist by education, Rustem was a human rights activist who participated in organizing and holding muslim activities in Crimea and the euqipping of a mosque in Sevastopol. He was arrested together with Ruslan Zeytullayev, Ferat Saifullayev and Nuri Primov for alleged participation in Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a peaceful panislamic organization that is criminalized in Russia while remaining legal in Ukraine and most of the world, on the basis of the testimony of an “anonymous witness.” The Memorial human rights organization has proclaimed all four to be political prisoners. Rustem is married, his daughter was born after his arrest.
5 YEARS IN JAIL

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