Virtual museum of Russian aggression.

Virtual museum of Russian aggression.



Nonviolence as a norm of Ukrainian activism

Reshat Ametov is a 39-year-old resident of Simferopol, a builder, a driver, a loving family man who adheres to the traditions of the Crimean Tatar people. In December 2013, a daughter was born - the third child in the Ametov family. The smiling father in the photo often poses with his children.

Even before the occupation, Reshat showed interest in socio-political life and studied the laws on his own. Nothing is known about his membership in public organizations or political parties. At the same time, he is fascinated by the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent struggle, sometimes goes to solitary protests, organizes hunger strikes, and fights with local authorities for the arrangement of public space. From the posts of his personal Facebook page, which he writes mostly in Russian, it is clear that Reshat Ametov cares about human rights. He does not accept bureaucratic and police arbitrariness. Concerned about the fate of the Crimean Tatar people, as well as the indigenous peoples of the Russian Federation. Categorically condemns Russia's imperialist claims, but does not show aggression.

The activist decides to express his disagreement with the Russian occupation in public - in a single picket on the square in front of the building of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (RM ARC) in Simferopol. This intention is announced in advance (February 28, 2014) on Facebook.

He made a stand against bureaucracy and police brutality. He was concerned about the fate of the Crimean Tatar people as well as the indigenous peoples of the Russian Federation. He strongly condemned Russian imperialist ambitions but showed no aggressive attitude.

The activist decided to express his disagreement with the Russian occupation publicly – in the form of a single picket on the square in front of the building of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) in Simferopol. He announced this intention in advance (02/28/2014) on Facebook.

Violence as a norm of Russian occupation

On 03/03/2014, at about 09:00 a.m., Reshat Ametov, resident of Maryine district, went to Lenin Square, already densely cordoned off by organized people in military uniform without insignia. Only some of them did not mask their faces, these were representatives of the so-called "self-defense of Crimea". According to his brother, Refat Ametov, Reshat managed to pass through the cordon, declaring that he had the right to be there as a citizen of Ukraine.

Reshat remained in front of the central entrance to the Crimean government building to show his support for the integrity of Ukraine. He mostly stood silently for about 1.5 hours in front of the armed people.

Photo of the area where Reshat Ametov's body was found. At a distance of 1 kilometer from Zemlyanychny, 50 meters to the right of the road

Around 11:00, three men took him away by force in front of all those present and passers-by. They forced Reshat into a Chevrolet Lacetti, which promptly took off from the scene.

The family was actively looking for the man immediately after the disappearance. The wife was sure that he left home in the morning (at 7:30) to join the ranks of the Ukrainian volunteers. When she called him around 12:00, Reshat had been out of reach already.

Only on 03/15/2014, did a civilian find the naked body of Ametov buried in a forest 60 km away from Simferopol, with signs of cruel torture and numerous injuries, fractures, bruises all over his body. His head was tied with duct tape and the legs were shackled. Death occurred as a result of a stab to the eye with a pointed object.


Enforced disappearances in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol


"In March 2014, a pro-Ukrainian Crimean Tatar activist, Mr. Reshat Ametov, was abducted, tortured and summarily executed by people believed to be members of the Crimean self-defence."

the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights pointed out

The right for truth

The Ukrainian side received no access to the crime scene. The occupation authorities opened criminal proceedings on the fact of abduction and premeditated murder, but the case has not been solved. The investigation was going on in fits and starts. Investigators were frequently changed, all of them from the Russian regions rather than Crimeans. The suspects caught on the video of the abduction were interviewed as witnesses, and were subsequently released. In 2015, the investigation was suspended due to the fact that the individual whom the police suspected of the crime was allegedly no longer in Crimea.

In 2015, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union filed a motion to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the family of Reshat Ametov.

According to the pre-trial investigation carried out by the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, the silent activist was taken from the central square to the headquarters of the illegitimate armed group known as "self-defense of Crimea" in Simferopol. Reshat Ametov's mobile phone was last detected in the same headquarters. This is where he was probably detained unlawfully and tortured.

Under the procedural management of the Prosecutor's Office of the ARC a pre-trial investigation is underway on the offenses under Clause 3 Part 2 Article 115, Part 3 Article 146, Part 2 Article 260 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian law enforcement officers received evidence that the abduction was carried out by two members of the illegitimate self-defense of Crimea group. This operation was led by a former serviceman of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The latter left the territory of the ARC, sided with the terrorist organization Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), took part in hostilities, and in April 2014 committed a similar crime related to the organization of abduction of three officers of the Alpha special force of the Security Service of Ukraine.

So, according to the preliminary results of the pre-trial investigation in criminal proceedings on the fact of the abduction and premeditated murder of Reshat Ametov, these three individuals were indicted under Part 2 Article 260 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (participation in the activities of an illegal armed formation) and Part 3 Article 146 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (illegal confinement of a person, by an organized group, causing grave consequences).


The murder of Reshat Ametov on the eve of the pseudo-referendum reinforced the atmosphere of despair and fear in the region. Abductions have become the norm in the occupied Crimea. The occupation authorities do not investigate them. Crimean Tatars became the ethnic group that most subject to murders, unlawful detention, or forced disappearances, which may also be indicative of deliberate incitement of inter-ethnic hatred on the peninsula.

This tragic event proved to be a blatant attack against civilian population and public activists – one of the many crimes committed during the unfolding of the occupation of the peninsula.

On 05/18/2017, Reshat Ametov was posthumously awarded the highest state award in Ukraine – the title of the Hero of Ukraine for civil courage, heroism and self-sacrifice displayed in defending the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine during a protest against the occupation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation.

Published on 2021-09-01

Olga Volyanyuk

Security Environment Research Center «Prometheus»


Інтерпол відмовився шукати ймовірних викрадачів кримського татарина Аметова. Українська правда. 6 грудня 2019. Конвенція про захист цивільного населення під час війни. Женева, 12.08.1949 р. Коментар прокурора АР Крим Гюндуза Мамедова щодо розкриття викрадення Решата Аметова. 10 вер. 2019 р. Прокуратура Автономної Республіки Крим «Кримські кати і катівні» // Матеріал Центру журналістських розслідувань для «Слідство.Інфо». Громадське. 16.07.2014. Кримські поліцейські оголосили в розшук осіб, які в 2014 році викрали Героя України Решата Аметова. 10 вер. 2019 р. МВС України. Рішення Європейського суду з прав людини у справі «Україна проти Росії». 16.12.2020. Страсбург Тематична доповідь «Ситуація з правами людини в тимчасово окупованих Автономній Республіці Крим та місті Севастополі». 2014-2017. Управління Верховного комісара ООН з прав людини. с. 12. Томак М. Перша жертва окупації Криму і воєнний злочин Путіна. 03.09.2019. Медійна ініціатива за права людини. Указ Президента України №134/2017. Про присвоєння Р. Аметову звання Герой України. Хто вбив Решата Аметова? | Неопубліковані Світові хроніки | Канал 4. 18 трав. 2015 р.
Show all