Reşat Amet (Crimean Tatar: Reşat Medatoğlu Ametov, Russian: Решат Медатович Аметов, Ukrainian: Решат Мідатович Аметов; 24 January 1975 – 15 March 2014) was a Crimean Tatar activist posthumously awarded the title Hero of Ukraine.[1][2][3]

Reşat Amet
Reşat Medatoğlu Ametov
Решат Медатович Аметов
Решат Мідатович Аметов
Reşat Ametov.jpg
Born(1975-01-24)24 January 1975
Disappeared3 March 2014 (aged 39)
Lenin Square, Simferopol, Crimea
StatusFound dead
15 March 2014(2014-03-15) (aged 39)
Body discoveredZemlyanychne, Bilohirsk Raion, Crimea, Ukraine
Resting placeSimferopol Abdalı Muslim Cemetery
NationalityCrimean Tatar
SpouseZarina Amet (Ametova)

Abduction and deathEdit

On 3 March 2014 Reşat initiated a solitary and peaceful protest against the occupation of Crimea by the Russian troops. During his protest in front of the Crimean Council of Ministers building in Simferopol's Lenin Square, he was abducted by three unidentified men in military uniform from the "Crimean self-defense" detachments who took him away.[1]

On 15 March 2014 Reşat's body was found by the police in a forest near the village of Zemlianychne in Bilohirsk Raion about 60 kilometers east of the Crimean capital. The body was bearing marks of violence and torture, with his head bound with duct-tape and his legs shackled. A pair of handcuffs was laying near his body.[1] According to his brother Refat Amet (Ametov), the cause of death was a stab wound resulting from a knife or a similar pointed object penetrating the eye.[4] Reşat's murder remains unsolved.[2][5]

Reşat was buried on 18 March 2014 at the Abdalı Muslim Cemetery of Simferopol. He left behind his young wife, Zarina, and three children.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Najibullah, Farangis (18 March 2014). "Crimean Tatar Community Mourns Death Of Tortured Local Activist". Radio Free Europe; Radio Liberty. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b Shishkin, Philip (18 March 2014). "Killing of Crimean Tatar Activist Raises Fears in Community". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  3. ^ Scott, Simon (22 March 2014). "A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before". National Public Radio. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  4. ^ Editorial, (8 April 2014). "Reshat Ametov's cause of death became known" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 19 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  5. ^ Coynash, Halya (20 August 2014). "Putin's Soviet 'therapy' for Crimea". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  6. ^ Çauş, Mustafa (15 July 2014). "Zarina Ametova: All that I want is my husband's killers to be found" (in Crimean Tatar). Qırım.Aqiqat. Retrieved 18 September 2014.