Osman Arifmemetov

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Osman Arifemetov was born on August 28, 1985 in the Tashkent region of Uzbekistan. In 1990, he and his family moved to Crimea, the city of Bakhchisaray. In 2007 he graduated from the Taurida National University, majoring in "Mathematics", and received qualification of the teacher of mathematics and informatics. In 2011-2015 he worked as a programmer, mathematics tutor, prepared children for exams and did programming with them.

In 2015, he became a citizen journalist, an activist of the "Crimean Solidarity". He covered searches and trials, helped organize transfers to pre-trial detention facilities for unjustly convicted Crimean Tatars. Osman Arifmemetov and his wife Alie have two children. Osman is one of the first citizen journalists in Crimea. In 2019, he was broadcasting live, running behind a tinted minibus of the security services. In this car the security forces were carrying Bil Adilov, the father of eight children, who was kidnapped right from under the courthouse. In October 2017 Osman filmed the aftermath of the search in the house of Tymur Ibrakhimov, where a ten-day-old child was at the time: representatives of the Russian security services turned everything over in search of religious literature. On March 27, 2019, Osman's house was searched. The next day, the court decided to keep him in custody. Arifmemetov faces up to 20 years in prison.

And then he said that only faith gives hope, right? After all this happened - how he was beaten, how he was brought here, face down on the floor, laid in the car and walked on his back, when he was brought to the FSB, he was locked in a cell. And he said - I look up and there it says: "Be patient, because I'm with you, I hear and see". Yes, it's from the Koran, someone there has already written. And, he says, when I read it, I got so much strength! From understanding that the Almighty is near - his wife Alie says.

While in prison, Osman wrote a lot and even won the literary contest "Crimean figs". There his story "My Deportation" was presented, which describes the stage from the detention center in Simferopol to the detention center in Rostov-on-Don. Osman Arifmemetov was forced to take part in voting for amendments to the Russian Constitution.He refused and wrote a meticulous monologue about it for Graty.