Forensic tests overturn Russian FSB ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ story
Nothing is going right with Russia’s attempt to concoct a Ukrainian Crimea saboteur plot and trial. First it reports events that did not take place, then the FSB’s ‘confessions’ are retracted with three of the four men arrested confirming that they were obtained through torture. Now not a single DNA trace or fingerprint has been found to link Yevhen Panov and Andriy Zakhtei with the weapons they supposedly hid
Russia refuses to let imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader see his gravely ill mother
There appear to be no depths that Russia and its court lackeys will not stoop to. Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader and recognized political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz has been refused permission to see his mother who is critically ill and has not seen her son for two years.
Ukraine’s Government seeks to legalize illegal Security Service detention prisons
The Cabinet of Ministers has tabled a draft bill which acknowledges the long-denied existence of SBU [Security Service] detention facilities and proposes amendments to legislation in order to formally allow them. Legal may be preferable to illegal, however removing the possibility of abuse by the Security Service would be better still
Third ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ says Russia TV confession obtained through torture
Volodymyr Prysich, the fourth Ukrainian shown on Russian state television in August 2016 ‘confessing’ to ‘sabotage’ and ‘spying’ for Ukrainian military intelligence, has been sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment on a totally different charge .
Ukrainian journalist Stanyslav Vasin feared captured by Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas
Donetsk journalist Stanyslav Vasin has not been seen or heard from since June 2, and this mother reports that there are signs of a break in and search in his flat.
Abducted Crimean Tatar activist now faces prison sentence for ’threatening’ the police
Two months after Crimean Tatar activist Bilyal Adilov was effectively abducted by unidentified individuals in camouflage gear and masks, it is Adilov who is facing trial in Russian-occupied Crimea for supposedly ‘threatening’ police officers and their relatives
Judges double as prosecutors to jail Ukrainian activist in Russian occupied Crimea
There needed to be exceptional circumstances to extend Ukrainian activist and political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh’s imprisonment beyond 6 months. There were none, just an FSB order and a judge with no scruples.
Donbas militants copy Russian FSB ‘confession’ methods & implausible story line
Kremlin-backed militants from the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] are again claiming to have captured ‘Ukrainian saboteurs’. Like the Russian FSB’s tactics in occupied Crimea, the entire story is based solely on the supposed ‘confessions’ of men totally under militant control.
Ukraine moves to support political prisoners held in Crimea & Russia and their families
A very welcome legislative initiative, if passed into law, will give formal recognition to the political prisoners held in occupied Crimea and Russia, and financial assistance to their families. Donbas at present does not appear to be included, which is one of many issues that needs to be considered
One Year of Not Knowing: Where is abducted Crimean Tatar Activist Ervin Ibragimov?
On May 24 exactly one year will have passed since Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov was abducted close to his home in Bakhchysarai. Despite video footage of the abduction and international demands, the de facto authorities under Russian occupation have done nothing to find the young man or those who seized him.
Instilling Terror: More Armed Searches & Abduction-like Arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea
The key element in any attempts to terrorize the population is uncertainty: it should be unclear who will be the next victim – it could be you or your family. On May 8, armed Russian officers came for the son of a well-known regional Mejlis leader and another Crimean Tatar, Server Yusuf, who appears to have been taken to Russia after what looks much more like an abduction than an ‘arrest’.
Armed searches & jail for deleted reposts to silence protest in Russian-occupied Crimea
Tofik Abdulgaziev and his family were subjected to an armed search on Thursday, almost certainly as a warning to stop reporting cases of repression. In the meantime, the jailing of civic activist Remzi Bekirov, purportedly for a 7-year-old post on a long-deleted VKontakte page, has been upheld
Donbas militants ‘sentence’ 63-year-old Ukrainian religious scholar on insane charges
After holding well-known academic Ihor Kozlovskyy prisoner for well over a year, the Kremlin-backed militants of the so-called Donetsk people’s republic [DPR] have now ‘sentenced’ him to nearly 3 years’ imprisonment. The 63-year-old religious scholar was ‘convicted’ by a DPR military court of possession of two grenades which were purportedly ‘found’ in his flat
Russian FSB resorts to flagrant falsification to jail Ukrainian activist in Crimea
Well-known Russian lawyer Dmitry Dinze has warned a Crimean court that even under Russian legislation it faces criminal liability for imprisoning people on the basis of overtly rigged evidence. The warning was issued with good cause shortly after Dinze took up the defence of Volodymyr Balukh, a Ukrainian activist in Russian-occupied Crimea arrested days after he hung up a plaque honouring the slain victims of Maidan.
Russia refuses to investigate torture of Ukrainian it jailed in revenge for Euromaidan
Russia’s Supreme Court has rejected two cassation appeals against the overtly lawless imprisonment in Russia of a Ukrainian convicted of an unprovable ‘offence’ allegedly committed in the capital of Ukraine during Euromaidan
Batons & gunshots in new arrests of Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea
Two Crimean Tatars have been jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea for so-called ‘propaganda of extremism’ after armed and masked officers, including from Putin’s ’Rozgvardiya’, burst into their homes early on April 13. Five other men, two middle-aged men with serious health problems were also detained, some beaten and four of them later jailed for up to 7 days.
Ukrainian Prosecutor’s strange attempt to help Russian FSB foiled
Asylum-seeker Shakhban Isakov has been released from custody 10 days after a Ukrainian prosecutor demanded and obtained his arrest pending extradition despite serious grounds for believing he would be in danger if forcibly returned to Russia, and for questioning the charges which Russia is laying against him
Kremlin-backed Donbas militants accuse Ukraine and USA of ‘terrorist’ killings
The self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] and Russian media have given wide coverage to militant claims that the head of Ukraine’s counter-intelligence service was behind the killing of prominent militants, with US involvement also stressed
2 Crimean Tatars on trial for a pre-annexation pro-Ukraine rally released under house arrest
Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy are home with their families after almost two years in custody. Both are under house arrest and their surreal trial is continuing, but at least they have been freed from custody. Russia is continuing to hold Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Akhtem Chiygoz in custody and prevent him from even attending his own trial
Crimean supporters of Russian annexation jailed after criticizing ruling party
Journalist Alexei Nazimov and Alushta City Council deputy Pavel Stepanchenko have been held in custody in Russian-occupied Crimea for over 6 months. The charges keep changing, but the men are essentially accused of extorting money for agreeing not to publish compromising information in a newspaper that had long ceased publication.