Tymur Ibragimov

Tymur Ibragimov

Date of arrest: 11.10.2017

Charges: participation in the activities of an organization recognized as terrorist in the territory of the Russian Federation

Court verdict: 17 years in a maximum-security prison

Waiting for him: wife, four children

Tymur was born on January 26, 1985. He has a diploma in philology, and before his arrest, he was engaged in business and public activities. On October 11, 2017 in Bakhchysarai, house searches of numerous Crimean Tatars took place. Among the apartments that the security forces broke into early in the morning was Tymur's house.

"I took our child in my arms; it was literally ten days after I returned from the maternity hospital," Diliara, the wife of political prisoner Tymur Ibrahimov, recalls that morning. - “At the end of the search, the investigator told Tymur to pack a bag with the bare essentials, as he would be going far away and for a long time.”

Tymur has vision issues, a disability - one eye is missing, the other one began to grow dark in prison, and his vision has deteriorated. "Failure to provide medical care is the default setting in the Simferopol pre-trial detention center. One must be literally dying to get help there."

Diliara also talks about the psychological pressure on her husband when the detainees were in Krasnodar for a month and a half prior to their transfer to Rostov-on-Don. There, Tymur was placed in a special unit with mentally ill people. "His cellmate would routinely stuff his face, then cause himself to vomit, was constantly undressing and sang songs for hours. He also tried to light a fire in the cell. That day, Tymur almost suffocated and began demanding that he be transferred to another cell. After that, he was placed in a cell with no toilet, no bed, not even a bench."

On September 16, 2020, a court in Rostov-on-Don had sentenced Tymur to 17 years in a maximum security prison. "Just recently, we learned from a lawyer that they were transferred from Rostov pre-trial detention centre #1 to detention centre #5," says Diliara. "This centre is usually holding detainees awaiting an appeal."

There are four children growing up in a family without their father. The eldest son, Ali (11 years old), has a congenital mental illness, which has deteriorated due to his father's arrest. Their daughter Aisha (10 years old) is a very capable girl and an excellent student. Aisha has an eye disease that is very negatively affected by stress, so her father's detention has worsened her condition.

Diliara points out that Tymur and other political prisoners have repeatedly stated that they are citizens of Ukraine. "All initiatives in support of political prisoners in Ukraine and abroad mean a lot to us," she stated. - “I want to ask people to continue to support us and encourage them to write, speak and remember us. When our men receive letters in the pre-trial detention centers, it is always very emotional for them. They are very happy and proud that they are cared for and remembered."