Detained Since: October 11, 2017.
Charges: Organizing terrorist operations (Article 205.5).
Sentence: 19 years in prison.
Biography: Marlen Asanov is a citizen journalist and professional teacher of Crimean Tatar language and literature. In 2002, he founded the Salachyk Caravanserai, a Crimean Tatar center for culture and ethnographic research. When the annexation of Crimea began, Asanov began working as a citizen journalist, providing assistance to families of political prisoners, and recording the problems families of prisoners’ face.
In the spring of 2017, Russian security agents came to Asanov’s home with a search warrant and claimed that Asanov was involved with organizing the operations of a terrorist organization and preparing a coup d’état. In September 2020, he was sentenced to 19 years of imprisonment in a high security prison. On March 14, 2022, his appeal was rejected. He is soon to be transferred to a high security prison in the Russian Federation.
Advocacy Partner: PEN America