Detained Since: March 27, 2019.
Charges: Organizing the operations of a terrorist organization (Article 205.5).
Biography: Rustam Sheykhaliev resided in Simferopol and, starting in 2015, reported on human rights violations in occupied Crimea. He attended trials and helped families of political prisoners communicate with loved ones in detention. In March 2019, Sheykhaliev was arrested by Russian security service agents following a search of his home. He faces a 20-year prison sentence, with the potential of a life sentence. Sheykhaliev waits in pre-trial detention in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
Sheykhaliev suffers from high blood pressure. During his time in court, an ambulance was called on his behalf due to an episode of dangerously high blood pressure. The Crimean Solidarity Group has reported that he has not been given adequate treatment for these health concerns while in prison.
Advocacy Partner: PEN America