Detained Since: March 27, 2019.
Charges: Organizing the operations of a terrorist organization (Article 205.5).
Biography: Ruslan Suleymanov, was reporting on human rights violations in Crimea when he was detained twice, in 2017 and again in 2019. In March 2019, Russian security agents arrested Suleymanov following a search of his home in Simferopol. He faces 20 years in prison with the possibility of a life sentence. Suleymanov is being held in pre-trial detention in Russia, in Rostov-on-Don.
Suleymanov is one of the primary individuals featured in Crimea 5 am, a multimedia theater project on the topic of Crimean journalists arrested since the occupation.
Musa Suleymanov, Ruslan’s three-year-old son, died under suspicious circumstances in 2020, while Suleymanov was in detention. Human rights organizations in Crimea and across Ukraine have expressed doubts about the nature of the child’s death. After Musa died, President Zelensky demanded that President Putin release Ruslan from prison so that he could properly grieve. The request was denied.
Also, in July 2019, Ruslan Suleymanov was forced to undergo psychiatric evaluation in detention. Further details on this matter are unknown.
Advocacy Partner: PEN America