Russia brings criminal charges against Crimean Tatar human rights activist over Facebook repost
Russia’s Investigative Committee has initiated criminal proceedings against Gulsum Alieva, a Crimean Solidarity activist and the daughter of recognized political prisoner, Muslim Aliev, over a widely circulated photo, which the 21-year-old simply reposted on Facebook. In Russian-occupied Crimea, this has been termed ‘inciting enmity’ (towards Russians)
Back in the USSR: Russia uses Soviet methods to jam Ukrainian media in occupied Crimea
If Russia was confident of its support in occupied Crimea, there really would be no need to jam Ukrainian media. Yet four and a half years after its invasion and annexation, it is still taking extensive measures to ensure that Crimeans are cut off from Ukrainian radio and television broadcasts.
Crimean Tatar woman charged with ‘inciting hatred towards Russians’ over 4-year-old social media reposts
Russian enforcement officers came for Elina Mamedova between three and four years after she reposted some material from a pro-Ukrainian page on the VKontakte social network. There were three reposts from 2014/2015, with no added comments, yet the young Crimean woman is now facing criminal charges of ‘inciting hatred towards Russians’
Murderers Not Found Two Years After Journalist Sheremet Killed In Kyiv
Dozens of people commemorated journalist Pavel Sheremet on the second anniversary of his killing in Kyiv on July 20. Many held black-and-red posters saying: "Pavel Sheremet. 20.07.2016. Murderers still not found."
Crimean Tatar, jailed on fake extremism charges, refuses to be cowered into silence
Ismail Ramazanov has lodged a formal complaint accusing an investigator from the Russian Investigative Committee of falsifying the evidence in his case, an act of considerable courage in Russian-occupied Crimea
Russia-backed Donbas militants threaten to ‘arrest’ imprisoned journalist’s mother
Over a year after Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev was taken prisoner in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’, his captors have begun publishing fake ‘diary entries’ aimed at presenting him as a Ukrainian James Bond, carrying out tasks for the Security Service or military intelligence.
Ukrainian-Belarusian journalist gets 4-year sentence in ‘revenge’ trial
Journalist Dzmiter Halko has been sentenced by a Belarusian court to four years compulsory labour after a trial condemned by media watchdogs. He was charged with ‘attacking a policeman’ although he had only tried to remove officers who burst into the flat without any court order and began videoing his son and son’s friends.
Journalist held hostage in Kremlin-controlled Donetsk driven to hunger strike
Ukrainian journalist and blogger Stanislav Aseyev has gone on hunger strike in occupied Donetsk, more than a year after he was seized by the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic [DPR] ministry of state security
Jailed Crimean Tatar civic journalist subjected to punitive psychiatry for innocuous YouTube videos from 2013
Three months after his arrest on charges linked with entirely innocuous pre-annexation YouTube videos, Nariman Memedeminov has been forcibly placed in a psychiatric hospital in Russian-occupied Crimea. There was no court order and no reason at all for demanding that the widely respected civic journalist undergo a psychiatric assessment.
Draft law enabling the blocking of Internet sites must be withdrawn
Legal analysis of the draft Law “On Amending Certain Laws of Ukraine on Countering Threats to National Security in Information Sector,” registration # 6688
Ukrainian activist remains imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea despite court order
Sevastopol activist Ihor Movenko, prosecuted for a pro-Ukrainian comment on a social media, has not been released despite a new court ruling early on 26 June overturning any grounds for his detention.
Ukrainian lawmakers propose Russian-style Internet restrictions in the name of ‘national security’
Ukraine’s parliament has moved a step closer to giving the Security Service the right to block websites without a court order, supposedly in the name of national security
Thug leader finally jailed for his role in the savage killing of Maidan journalist
Yuri Krysin has received a five-year prison sentence for his role in the fatal attack on Vesti journalist Vyacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan. The Kyiv Court of Appeal on 13 June overturned the original four-year suspended sentence that had elicited outrage both in Ukraine and abroad. .
OSCE Media Rep gets translation wrong & condemns Ukraine for attack on journalists critical of Babchenko ‘murder’
Harlem Désir, the OSCE’s Representative on Freedom of the Media, has leapt to the defence of Ukrainian journalists supposedly accused of treason for expressing critical views regarding the believed assassination of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko. The concerns would have been warranted had they not been based largely on a mistranslation of the text he condemned.
Murderers in Russia get lighter sentences than Ukrainian journalist for mystery ‘spying’
The Moscow City Court has found Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko guilty of mystery ‘spying’ and sentenced him to twelve years in a maximum security prison
Russian prosecutor demands 14-year sentence for Ukrainian journalist
Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, imprisoned in Russia since September 2016 is facing a 14-year sentence on mystery spying charges after a ‘trial’ heard before a closed court.
Russian prosecuted for posting that USSR invaded Poland in 1939 denied asylum in Czech Republic
The Czech authorities have found no grounds for giving Vladimir Luzgin political asylum, and say that they cannot “get into a discussion about historical facts”. No ‘discussion’ is, in fact, required, since 38-year-old Luzgin was prosecuted in Russia for reposting a text that quite correctly states that both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939.
On the arrest of RIANovosti journalist Kiril Vyshynsky & the defence of “alternative news” in Ukraine
There has been a startling divergence in the reaction to the arrest of RIA Novosti Ukraine’s General Director Kirill Vyshynsky and the search of the agency’s offices. Prominent Ukrainians known for their opposition to censorship in any form stress only that the charges must be fully proven, while a number of western media watchdogs have expressed deep concern
Russia: Telegram block leads to widespread assault on freedom of expression online (UPDATED)
53 international and Russian human rights, media and Internet freedom organisations, strongly condemn the attempts by the Russian Federation to block the Internet messaging service Telegram.
Russian censor prohibits Crimea Human Rights Group from informing Crimeans of their rights
Russia as occupying state is not only violating international law by conscripting Crimeans into its army, but has placed material from the Crimean Human Rights Group informing people of this on its huge ‘Register of prohibited information’.