Young Crimean Tatar likely tortured into ‘confessing’ to anti-war protest
Two days after an alleged Molotov cocktail attack on the Pushkino Village Council building in occupied Crimea,
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It seems most unlikely that there are CCTV cameras around the building in question, and the attack was carried out at night, probably without witnesses. Yet in the morning on 7 June, a search was carried out of the home in Pushkino that Faizullaev lives in with his parents, and he was taken away. By that evening the video of him ‘confessing’, apparently made by the Russian propaganda channel Crimea24, had appeared.
Faizullaev’s parents have not commented on the search, but are convinced that their son had nothing to do with the Molotov cocktail attack. Faizullaev’s cousin Elmaz Akimova
While none of this proves that Faizullaev did not carry out the attack, such ‘attention’ from the occupation regime would explain why the Russian-controlled enforcement officers turned up so swiftly. It would also make it logical for him to anticipate immediately coming under suspicion.
Elmaz is emphatic that her cousin does not use the kind of language heard on the videoed ‘confession’ obtained while Faizullaev was held in custody and prevented from seeing a lawyer. With his body language also suggesting that he was speaking under duress, Faizullaev says that he wants to confess that, on 5 June, “disagreeing with the special military operation carried out by the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine, I carried out an arson attack on the administration building of the Pushkino rural settlement with two Molotov cocktails, having first broken the window. I want to express my sincere apologies to Crimeans and residents of Pushkino. I sincerely repent of the deed. I promise that such actions will not be repeated. I experience a feeling of shame for carrying out the action. I am willing to undergo punishment in accordance with the law”.
This does sound very much like a text that Faizullaev did not write himself. It is also ominously reminiscent of the ‘confession’ given by Bohdan Ziza (Azizov), while he too was held incommunicado. The 27-year-old artist did certainly carry out a protest, daubing the Yevpatoria administration building with the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag. It is less clear that he threw a Molotov cocktail (details here).