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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Crimean Tatars Bury 'Tortured' Protester

Published 18 March 2014

Several hundred Crimean Tatars attended the funeral of a man reportedly abducted and tortured for protesting against the Russian annexation of the peninsula. Simferopol resident Reshat Ametov was found dead on March 16 -- nearly two weeks after he participated in a March 3 protest against the Russian troop presence in Crimea. (Photos by RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service)


An estimated 2,000 mourners gathered at Simferopol's Abdal cemetery to lay Reshat Ametov to rest


Mourners praying at Reshat Ametov's funeral


Mourners gathering for Reshat Ametov's funeral


Crimea's chief mufti Amirali Ablayev (center) leading the memorial service


Reshat's widow Zarina Ametova


Reshat Ametov laid to rest at the Abdal cemetery in Simferopol


Reshat Ametov's mother Rafika