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13.09.2019     Against torture and ill-treatment

Russia treats imprisoned Crimean Tatar activists like victims of the 1944 Deportation

Two of the Crimean Solidarity activists whom Russia arrested on 27 March and quickly moved out of occupied Crimea have been brought back to Simferopol, and are being held in conditions that amount to torture | detail

13.09.2019     Victims of political repression

Photographing a disused aerodrome can get you jailed for 12 years in Russia if you’re Ukrainian

The oldest of the Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners is now 63 and will be 70 before he is released if Russia has its way.  Viktor Shur has been imprisoned since December 2014, after being held without access to a lawyer or his family until he had ‘confessed’ to spying charges | detail

12.09.2019     Implementation of European Law

Russia tells ECHR that it didn’t annex Crimea & accuses Ukraine & West of ‘fake evidence”

Russia’s attempts to twist the factual details of its annexation of Crimea and human rights violations were emphatically rejected on 11 September during the public hearings in the Case of Ukraine vs. Russia re Crimea at the European Court of Human Rights | detail

12.09.2019     Victims of political repression

Freed Ukrainian POWs collect money for Russian activist Konstantin Kotov who helped them & is now jailed himself

For the 24 Ukrainian POWs who spent nine long months imprisoned in Moscow, the support they received from Konstantin Kotov was of enormous importance. On their release, the men learned that Kotov himself has now been imprisoned and their response was immediate | detail

11.09.2019     The right to life

Russian soldier & two paramilitaries charged with savage murder of Hero of Ukraine Reshat Ametov

The Ukrainian Prosecutor for Crimea has identified three men believed to have been behind the abduction of Reshat Ametov as he stood in silent protest at Russia’s invasion of Crimea on 3 March 2014, and his savage murder.   | detail

11.09.2019     Terrorism

Russian-backed Donbas militant admits to bombing Ukrainian city

Alexander Khodakovsky, one of the militant commanders of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ has admitted to bombing the city of Yasynovata in August 2014 | detail

10.09.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia’s medical torture of Ukrainian political prisoners continues unabated

54-year-old Volodymyr Dudka’s health has deteriorated dramatically, yet the prison administration in Russian-occupied Crimea is providing only minimum treatment, and has refused to hand over the results of the last medical examination, carried out almost a year ago | detail

10.09.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia’s destruction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea hits unexpected hurdle

With Russia on the verge of destroying virtually the last remaining Ukrainian Orthodox Church place of worship in occupied Crimea, the UN Human Rights Committee has stepped in.  The Committee has applied its Rule 94 as an interim measures, and thus halted the eviction of the congregation from the Cathedral of Vladimir and Olga in the centre of Simferopol. | detail

09.09.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

No ‘normalization’ while Russia is still holding at least 87 Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian political prisoners

While 7 September was certainly a day for rejoicing at the return to Ukraine of 35 Ukrainian political prisoners (including 24 PoWs), there was also huge sadness for the families who are still waiting the release of their fathers or sons | detail

09.09.2019     Terrorism

How can Russia deny responsibility for MH17 when it gave up Sentsov, others to get key witness out of Ukraine?

Those still indignant that Ukraine handed over MH17 witness Volodymyr Tsemakh to Russia might take the advice of one of the freed political prisoners’ brother, and ask whether their mothers or their children “would be worth” such an exchange | detail

07.09.2019     Victims of political repression

Home at last! 24 POWs and 11 political prisoners, including Oleg Sentsov arrive in Kyiv

The exchange has finally happened! | detail

06.09.2019     Terrorism

MH17 suspect release incriminates Russia, but leaves Ukraine compromised

Russian President Vladimir Putin did not try to conceal the link between Ukraine’s release of key MH17 witness (or suspect) Volodymyr Tsemakh and the release of Ukrainian hostages held in Russia | detail

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