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Reshat Ametov wanted his three children to grow up in a free Ukraine. When others were too fearful to join him on March 3, 2014 in a peaceful demonstration against Russia’s invasion of Crimea, the 39-year-old Crimean Tatar came out in solitary protest. He was abducted by armed paramilitaries from outside the Crimean parliament and savagely tortured to death. Ametov’s mutilated body was found two weeks later, on March 15. His head had been bound with tape, and handcuffs were lying nearby. The torturers had used something like a knife, and he died finally from brain damage after they gauged out his eyes. Read more here.

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