On March 15, 2014, Reshat Ametov was found dead.
On March 3, in Simferopol, he went on a single picket against the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and also planned to enlist as a volunteer at the military registration and enlistment office.
There were found numerous signs of tortures on his body, his head was bandaged, and handcuffs were lying nearby. He left behind his young wife and three children.
Reshat Ametov was posthumously awarded the title Hero of Ukraine.
Ukrainian law enforcement agencies have established that the activist was abducted by two members of the illegal armed formation “Self-Defense of Crimea” under the leadership of a former serviceman of the Russian Armed Forces. The criminal investigation into Ametov’s murder is still ongoing.
“We opened the case of Reshat Ametov’s abduction last year and identified three people who abducted him. They were informed about the suspicion, put on the national wanted list, and there was an attempt to put them on the international wanted list”, said Igor Ponochovny, head of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, during the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.
On the same day, the Russian military took control of the Kerch radio and television broadcasting station. The facilities of the Border Guard Service of Ukraine in Massandra and Gurzuf were also seized, and an anti-aircraft missile division of the Russian Armed Forces was stationed. In Kherson region, in the rear of Ukrainian border guards, a landing party of Russian troops landed from military helicopters.