Unjustified conviction of Crimean Tatar leader Chiygoz latest example of ongoing oppression in Russia-occupied #Crimea. #CrimeaisUkraine pic.twitter.com/8arZskhw5K - U.S. Embassy Kyiv (@USEmbassyKyiv) 12 вересня 2017 р.On Sept. 11, t he Supreme Court of Russia-occupied Crimea sentenced Chiygoz to eight years in prison.
On Aug. 2, 2016 Russian-controlled Supreme Court of Crimea started to consider materially "the case of Feb. 26" against Akhtem Chiygoz. Earlier, on July 20, 2016, during hearing in camera, the court divided "the case of Feb. 26" into two separate cases: one against Akhtem Chiygoz and another against the rest of the defendants.
After Crimea was occupied by Russia, Kremlin puppets started trials against Crimean Tatar activists who participated in protests in support of Ukraine's territorial integrity. The events took place on Feb. 26, 2014. According to occupant authorities, two protesters were killed in a stampede, 79 people received injuries. Those detained in connection with the case - Akhtem Chiygoz, Ali Asanov, and Mustafa Degermendzhy - were named political prisoners by Russian Memorial human rights center.