Crimean Tatars face 20-year sentences for opposing seizure of their mosque
The four recognized Crimean Tatar political prisoners from Alushta whose trial at the notorious Southern District Military Court in Rostov (Russia) is now ending include the head of the ‘Alushta’ religious community and one of its members
Russia’s FSB arrests Crimean Tatar families for ‘good statistics’
Russia has carried out four ‘bulk’ arrests thus far in occupied Crimea which enable the FSB to claim ‘good statistics’ on fighting ‘terrorism’ while terrorising Crimean Tatar families.
Record prison sentence for Christian faith in Russian-occupied Crimea
55-year-old Viktor Stashevsky has been sentenced by a Russian-controlled court in Crimea to six and a half years’ imprisonment for reading the Bible and praying together with fellow believers
First Russia came for the journalists. and now it"s hiding their trials
In occupied Crimea, Russia has not been able to totally conceal its human rights violations, but it is undoubtedly trying. including by imprisoning civic journalists and activists
Russian court removes Crimean Tatar political prisoners for speaking their native language
The first day of Russia’s ‘trial’ of journalist Remzi Bekirov and four other civic and human rights activists ended with all five being removed for speaking Crimean Tatar
Russia intensifies persecution for reading the Bible in occupied Crimea
A Russian-controlled court in Simferopol has placed 42-year-old Ukrainian Taras Kuzio under house arrest following mass armed searches of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ homes in occupied Yalta
Crimean Tatar political prisoner spends year in torture conditions for refusing to collaborate
Teymur Abdullayev has spent virtually all of the last year in a Russian SHIZO or punishment cell, where the conditions are tantamount to torture
Russia uses same fake witnesses in multiple ‘trials’ of Crimean Tatar political prisoners
A ‘secret prosecution witness’ in Russia’s latest trial of Crimean Tatars was outed on 17 February as a person whom the FSB have already used to imprison other civic activists and journalists and who has a vested interest in doing what the FSB demand
Mass armed searches for ‘prohibited books’ and arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea
The FSB and heavily armed Rosgvardia officers were clearly interested only in books, and in at least one case, claimed to find the so-called ‘prohibited literature’ that they pulled from their own bag
Russia imprisons rights activists for ‘terrorism’ & terrorize their children
On the brutal reprisals and massive prison sentences it would use to silence human rights activists and other ‘dissidents’, including the terrorization of their children.
Record sentence in mounting persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia and occupied Crimea
The 7.5 year sentence against Alexander Ivshin marks a new record in Russia’s persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses and comes just months after a new escalation in repression against believers in occupied Crimea.
Crimean Tatar political prisoners illegally taken to Russia in appalling torture conditions
Russia is already in flagrant violation of international law through its persecution of Crimean Tatar civic journalists and activists, and their effective deportation to Russia, and has now added torture to that list
Crimean Tatar political prisoner ‘retried’ until Russia’s FSB got the sentence they wanted
Even a Russian court balked at handing down the monstrous sentence demanded, but the FSB were having none of it and organized remakes of Ruslan Zeytullaev’s ‘trial’ until they got the sentence needed for their paperwork.
Crimean Tatars sentenced to 18, 17 and 13 years for discussing their faith and Russian persecution
A Russian court has sentenced three Crimean Tatars, including a father and son, to horrific terms of imprisonment without any crime, on the basis of discussions about their Muslim faith and political subjects, including Russia’s persecution of Muslims
Next, Russia will come for the children
Children in Russian-occupied Crimea have seen their father, grandfather and uncle all taken away. Will they come for their mother next? Or for the children themselves?
The childhood Russia ended in 2020 with machine guns and arrests
Childhood ended abruptly for 20 Crimean Tatar children in 2020, when armed and masked Russian enforcement officers burst into their homes, turned them upside down and took their fathers away
Russia begins its most repressive trial of Crimean Tatar journalists and activists
Russia has begun its most overtly repressive mass trial of Crimean Tatar civic journalists and activists three days before New Year in an obvious attempt to minimize publicity for ‘trials’ aimed at c silencing those who tell the world about Russia"s violations in occupied Crimea
Russia seeks to imprison three Crimean Tatars for 50 years on thought crime charges
A Russian prosecutor has demanded sentences of 19, 18 and 13 years against three Crimean Tatars who are not accused of any recognizable crime
Ukraine’s religious freedom crushed in Russian proxy Donbas ‘republics’
Together with its invasion and annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine, Russia brought devastation to the religious pluralism and freedom that Ukrainians had enjoyed since 1991