Enver Mamutov

Enver Mamutov

“Children do not understand why their father, a perfect man in their eyes and role model, is in prison. They know that there are bad people kept in prisons, and their father did nothing wrong,” says Aliie Mamutova, the wife of political prisoner Enver Mamutov.

Enver Mamutov was born on August 28, 1975 in Uzbekistan. There he graduated from a secondary school, and later a construction institute with a degree in decoration and plastering. In 1994, Enver's family returned to their ancestral homeland of Crimea and settled in the Bakhchysarai district, in the village of Viktorivka.

Enver Mamutov is the father of seven children. He has a son and a daughter from his first marriage, and three more sons and two daughters from his second marriage with Aliie Mamutova. Enver's youngest daughter, Samira, was less than two months old when he was arrested.

On May 12, 2016, Russian security forces broke into the Mamutovs' house. After a five-hour search, Enver was arrested, with the investigator accusing him of terrorism.

For five days following the search and Enver`s subsequent detention, his wife and lawyer were unable to establish his whereabouts. "Only later  did we find out that Enver was being held in the Simferopol pre-trial detention center," the wife of the political prisoner recalls. She says Enver spent 78 days in solitary confinement, which is tantamount to torture, and that her husband was subjected to severe moral pressure in prison.

On May 22, 2018, Enver Mamutov and other members of the Bakhchysarai group in “Khizb ut-Takhrir case” were transferred to a pre-trial detention center in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. And on December 24 of the same year, the North Caucasus District Military Court sentenced Enver to 17 years in a maximum security prison. In September 2019, Enver Mamutov was transferred to the maximum security prison #11 in Stavropol.

In prison, according to Aliie Mamutova, Enver's chronic diseases have deteriorated. He has chronic sinusitis and kidney issues. Due to poor housing conditions, he has also developed problems with the knee joints.

 "Innocent people are being charged and imprisoned. This is very difficult for families who are losing their breadwinner. It is very painful for children who are unable to see their parents”, - says Aliie Mamutova. - “I would like to thank you for the great support not only in the Crimea, but also abroad. Thank you for such solidarity, for encouraging people to reject these accusations. This is manifested in various actions taking place in Ukraine. This is manifested in those letters from Ukraine received by political prisoners in pre-trial detention centers and colonies. This is a great support for our men.”