This was announced by attorney Nikolay Polozov on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.
"Given Ilmi-aga's health condition, this sentence is equivalent to death penalty (I know the quality of health care in Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia)," he wrote.
Polozov said that the sentence is disproportionately strict just because Ilmi Umerov is a Crimean Tatar.
The attorney believes that the Kremlin most probably has some instructions against citizens of Ukraine in Crimea that are ethnic Crimean Tatars.
"There is also a threat that the Russian authorities will take Ilmi Umerov to the mainland Russia for serving the sentence to prevent access to him of his relatives and attorneys. I may only wish all those involved in repressions against Crimean Tatars burn in hell happily ever after!" Polozov summed up.
In 2016, FSB investigators initiated a criminal case against Crimean Tatar, deputy head of Mejlis and participant of Crimean Tatars national liberation movement Ilmi Umerov. He is charged with public calls to violate the territorial integrity of Russia.
Umerov's detention, search and the criminal case, and his keeping in psychiatric hospital and pushing through forced psychiatric expertise stirred global response.
Simferopol city court controlled by the Kremlin started hearing the case against Umerov on June 7, 2017. Umerov believes his case is politically charged.
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