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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Asan Akhmetov

Detained Since: September 5, 2021.

Charges:Membership in a terrorist organization (Article 205.5).

Sentence: None.

Biography: Asan Akhtemov, a resident of Simferopol, was attending trials of Crimean Tatars and supporting families of the detained at the time of his abduction. He had organized a project about civil activists who had remained in Crimea after the annexation and was a journalist in the Nefes civil initiative. He was tortured in prison after his abduction; a lawyer could not reach Akhtemov until 10 days after his arrest. His sentence will likely be between 10 and 20 years of imprisonment, as that is what he will face when he goes to trial. The extent of the torture he experienced in prison is unknown. However, Akhtemov told his legal team that his wife was also threatened, and that he was forced to confess after undergoing torturous electric shocks.

Advocacy Partner: PEN America