Victim: Akhtemov Asan (05.12.1989)

Full name:
Akhtemov Asan
Date of birth:
Citizen journalist of the Nefes initiative, contributed to the Avdet Crimean Tatar newspaper, has been imprisoned for political reasons in the temporarily occupied Crimea since September 2021. Lived in Simferopol. Attended court hearings in the trials of Crimean Tatars, supported relatives of those arrested. Organized a project about civil society activists who stayed in Crimea after the annexation, was engaged in social and cultural projects. He was detained by Russian security forces in September 2021 within a case in which Nariman Dzhelyal, First Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, is also being prosecuted. He was tortured, forced to self-incriminate complicity in allegedly committing “act of sabotage”, which allegedly happened on a gas pipeline in the Crimean village of Perevalne on August 23, 2021. The lawyer was allowed to see him only ten days after his detention. Akhtemov faces 10 to 20 years in prison. He is held in a pre-trial detention center in Simferopol. The investigation is completed. On September 21, 2022, the court sentenced Akhtemov to 15 years in prison, a fine of RUB 500,000, and one year of restricted freedom after serving the main sentence. Other defendants in this case, Nariman Dzhelyal and his cousin, Aziz Akhtemov, were sentenced to 17 and 13 years in prison, respectively. On 28 July 2023, the Court of Appeal reviewed the verdict, adding that all the convicts must spend the first three years of their sentence in prison. On 2 October 2023, it became known that Asan Akhtemov was transferred to a prison in the city of Vladimir in the Russian Federation