Izet Abdullayiv

Izet Abdullayiv

Date of arrest: 27.03.2019

Charges: participation in the activities of an organization recognized as terrorist in the territory of the Russian Federation. The case of Khizb ut-Takhrir

Court verdict: Still under investigation

Waiting for him: wife and two daughters

"The most wonderful event of my life with Izzet was the birth of our long-awaited daughter, " his wife, Hazėl, recalls. The second daughter was born six days after Izzet was arrested. "She is a year and a half old, and she still doesn't know her father," says his wife sadly.

On March 27, 2019, at 6 am, armed law enforcement officers in masks broke into their house. "At that time, I was in the ninth month of my pregnancy," Hazel recalls.

"They ransacked everything, even my bag with items for our baby, prepared in the maternity hospital," she explains. Eventually, law enforcement officers planted forbidden literature under their refrigerator, according to Hazel, a brand new book that anyone could notice has never been opened.

Izzet and other suspects are currently being held in the Simferopol pre-trial detention centre.

Hazel is concerned that her husband’s and other prisoners’ lives and health are in danger, given the rapid spread of coronavirus disease in the world. "The administration of the penitentiary institutions of the Russian Federation does not provide prisoners with personal protective equipment: medical masks, disposable gloves, disinfectants," Hazel explains.

Prisoners are taken for a walk only once every three days, and there are many bed bugs in the cell, the bites from which cause the entire body to itch incessantly.

Mrs. Abdullaeva admits that being left alone, without a husband with two small children, is very difficult. "I explain to my daughters that they have a father who loves them very much and really wants to be with them, but the evil people who took him away from us refuse to let that happen."

Nevertheless, Hazel and the families of other political prisoners are far from ignored in their time of trouble by their compatriots: "People are leaving their own activities and coming to the court hearings of our men. They are generous with money and send them water and food; they also send gifts to our children,” Hazel says gratefully. "Such support impresses the whole world; these deeds have become an example for many others."