Crimean Tatar activist and journalist Rolan Osmanov illegally detained by the Russian occupiers

Crimean Tatar activist and journalist Rolan Osmanov illegally detained by the Russian occupiers
Photo: Crimean Solidarity

According to the Crimean Solidarity NGO, an illegal search warrant was conducted at the Crimean Tatar activist and journalist Rolan Osmanov’s house in the village of Urozhaine (Simferopol district of Crimea) on March 15 by the Russian occupiers.

The Russian security forces conducted an illegal search warrant due to the information about a ‘railway damage’ in the Bakhchysarai district on February 23, 2022. The illegally detained Osmanov was not allowed to see his lawyer Edem Semedliaiev.
"I signed an agreement and arrived to represent his interests. At the entrance, I said that I was going to see my client, and the legal counsel of the FSB Ruslan Alekseychuk came out to me. Then, after 15 minutes of absence, he came out back and said that Rolan needed no legal assistance because no procedural actions were allegedly carried out against him," said Edem Semedliaiev.

Another illegal search warrant was already conducted at Rolan Osmanov’s house in 2019 when the occupiers had seemingly searched for drugs at his place but found nothing. Besides, on July 13, 2022, Osmanov was detained at the building of the occupational Supreme Court of Crimea where the trial of Nariman Celal was ongoing, the Krym.Realii informs. Osmanov was accused of publishing posts that ‘discredit the armed forces of the Russian Federation’ on Facebook. He was live streaming his own detention, refusing to go to the Center E (the Center against Extremism of the Interior Ministry of the Russian Federation) with the FSB officers and generally ‘resisted’. Consequently, an administrative protocol was drawn up on him. In September 2022, Rolan Osmanov was fined 40 thousand rubles for ‘discrediting the Russian army’.

Rolan Osmanov is an active protester against destruction of the Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai, which the Russian occupiers carry out under the pretext of ‘restoration’. He systematically attends illegal trials of political prisoners in occupied Crimea.

march 15, 2023
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