Remzi Bekirov

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Remzi Bekirov was born on February 20, 1985 in Uzbekistan, in the city of Bekabad. At the age of seven, he returned with his parents to Crimea. In 2002, he entered the Faculty of History at the Taurida National University. He participated in many competitions and Olympiads on history, and won prizes. Graduated from courses for tour guides, and courses to play the guitar. Remzi never worked in his profession - the salary of a teacher turned out to be miserable, and after the attempted occupation of Crimea by Russia, teaching "old" history became impossible at all. Instead, he worked as a construction worker. In 2011, he married Halide, they have three children.

In 2015 Remzi became a citizen journalist. He filmed all the high-profile cases on the peninsula: the Vejie Kashka case, the search in Kamenka, the searches in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case.

His wife Halide says: "All the searches - there are even pictures of people standing around, and Remzi's head is sticking out with a phone in the middle of the crowd."

He is also the author of the idea of collective aid to the families of Crimean political prisoners. After his appeal, people gathered to help the family of Teymur Abdulayev: he himself was in prison, while his wife and five children were left to live alone in one room. Here they cooked and ate and slept and did homework. The rest of the rooms were built by a group of Crimean Tatars from all over Crimea who were not indifferent. Remzi himself lived in much worse conditions, but it was more important for him not to leave his friend in trouble.

On March 28, 2019, Remzi Bekirov was arrested. He is accused of "terrorism" in the case of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Remzi faces 15 to 20 years in prison or life in prison.