The state Department has accused Russia of infringement of the religious minorities in Crimea

Госдеп обвинил Россию в ущемлении религиозных меньшинств в Крыму

Crimean Tatars are being persecuted for opposition to the Russian occupation of the Ukrainian Peninsula

State Department of the United States has accused Russia of infringement of the rights and freedoms of members of religious minorities, particularly Muslims in occupied Crimea. This is stated in the published June 21 report, reports RBC-Ukraine with reference to the state Department website.

The document emphasizes that in Russia members of religious minorities and religious organizations, minorities are persecuted, arrested and fined, imprisoned for alleged extremism, despite freedom of religion, equal rights regardless of religious beliefs under the Russian Constitution.

In particular, according to the Russian human rights organization “memorial”, Russia now are in jail, 177 prisoners because of their religious views, most of them Muslims.

According to the report, during the year, at least 11 of followers of the Muslim theologian said Nursi, in the Crimea appeared in court or were imprisoned, and four were sentenced for allegedly being a member of “Hizb ut-Tahrir”, and another seven people were detained on suspicion that they were members of the organization.

The report of the state Department in connection with “the case of Hizb ut-Tahrir” refers to the Crimean Tatars Ramsey Memetov, Enver Mamutov, Mr Rustem Abiltayev and Sewri Abseitov, sentenced to 17 and 9 years of imprisonment in a strict regime colony udom in Rostov-on-don.

“All four were arrested in the Crimea (Ukraine) in 2016 on charges of belonging to “Hizb ut-Tahrir” and “preparation for violent overthrow of the constitutional order” and taken to Russia”, – the report says.

In Department emphasize that, according to human rights activists these people are persecuted “for their opposition to russiaís occupation of the Crimea.”

At the same time, the document noted that the authorities of the Russian Federation provide Russian Orthodox Church privileges, which has no other Church or religious Association.