Russia uses Covid-19 as excuse to persecute Crimean Tatar political prisoner’s mother
A Russian-occupation ‘court’ has found Venera Mustafayeva guilty of infringing regulations during the pandemic over her solitary picket on the day that her prisoner of conscience son, Server Mustafafayev was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment
Crimean Tatar activists prohibited from wearing masks in new wave of Russian ‘warnings against extremism’
In the middle of a pandemic, Russia can find nothing better to do than try to intimidate Crimean Tatar activists by warning against ‘offences’ that not one of them has committed
Ukrainian anthem prohibited as “provocation” on Shevchenko anniversary in Russian-occupied Crimea
On 9 March, police in Russian-occupied Crimea prevented Ukrainians from singing Ukraine’s national anthem near the monument to the great Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko on the 206th anniversary of his birth
Court quashes Ukrainian schoolgirl’s conviction for picket demanding Zelensky’s impeachment
While cheering that the Rivne Court of Appeal has agreed that 16-year-old Darya Kotsyuruba did not infringe the law by standing on Rivne’s Independence Square with a placard calling for the impeachment of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, it is disturbing that this absurd ‘case’ should have reached appeal level
Two young people detained by Rivne police for ‘unauthorized’ protest demanding Zelensky’s impeachment
Two young Rivne residents ended up at the police station facing administrative charges on 25 May over their peaceful protest with four placards, one of them calling for President Zelensky’s impeachment. The President has himself now intervened
Crimean Tatar political prisoner’s mother detained as elderly parents come out in silent defence of their arrested sons
On 8 April, Zarema Mamutova and her daughter-in-law Aliye, were detained in Bakhchysarai while the elderly lady stood with a placard reading: “My son is no terrorist. Why 17 years?”. This was the horrific sentence passed on her 43-year-old son Enver Mamutov, a recognized political prisoner, on 23 December.
‘Banned’ Ukrainian Communist Party puts forward candidate for Presidential Elections
Ukraine’s ‘Communist Party# has announced that it is putting forward its leader Petro Symonenko as presidential candidate in the coming elections. The announcement has aroused bemusement, since it comes over three years after a much publicized ruling banning this very same party.
Kyiv March For Transgender Rights Cancelled After Violence By Far-Right Radicals
Activists for transgender rights were forced to disband a demonstration in Kyiv on November 18 after counterdemonstrators assaulted several protesters and attacked a Canadian journalist trying to cover the event.
Russia fakes popular referendum to justify annexing Crimea then bans all peaceful protest
In the first week after Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014, a protester was seen holding a banner with the words: ‘Supporters of Putin! Under Putin, you won’t speak Russian, you will be SILENT in Russian! Within months, such protests had become inconceivable
Ukrainian legislators plan ‘foreign agent’ bill analogous to repressive law in Russia
One of the main factions in the governing coalition is planning to table a bill on registering ‘foreign agents’ in Ukraine. The move is purportedly aimed at protecting ‘national interests’, however human rights groups are unconvinced
Ukrainian police violently dispersed protesters without any court order
It is becoming increasingly clear that there was no legal justification for the dispersal of a tent camp of protesters from outside the Verkhovna Rada on 3 March and the detaining of over 100 activists. The Head of the Human Rights Ombudsperson’s Secretariat also reports that the nature of the bodily injuries sustained during the dispersal suggests that the police used excessive force.
Crimean Tatar woman attacked for protesting Russia’s destruction of 16th century Khan’s Palace
28-year-old Elmaz Akimova was harassed on 25 February for her peaceful protest over the “shocking vandalism under the guise of restoration” which is destroying the Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai
Russia deploys armed police and dogs in new offensive against Crimean Solidarity
In the latest attack on the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative, a huge contingent of Russian OMON riot police have disrupted the monthly meeting held to discuss ways of helping political prisoners and their families. There was no real attempt to come up with a credible reason for what was clearly an attempt at intimidation - one that follows the arrests of several Crimea Solidarity activists on trumped-up charges.
Ukrainian police disturbingly passive during far-right attack on Kyiv gathering in memory of Markelov & Baburova
A planned remembrance gathering on January 19 in honour of slain Sevastopol journalist Anastasia Baburova and Russian lawyer Stanislav Markelov was disrupted on January 19 by thugs from the far-right C14 group. Civic activists monitoring the police officers’ failure to protect people at a peaceful gathering believe that their behaviour indicates disturbing bias.
Racist grounds given for mass persecution of Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea
Police in Russian-occupied Crimea have on several occasions tried to justify detaining Crimean Tatars holding legal solitary pickets by claiming that their protest “aroused dissatisfaction among the Slavonic population”.
Mass ‘trials’ of Crimean Tatars for legal pickets against repression in Russian-occupied Crimea
By the end of a wave of new repressive prosecutions, Russia will have extorted close on one million roubles from up to 86 Crimean Tatars whose protests were in full compliance with the occupying state’s draconian anti-protest legislation.
Crimean Tatar activist abducted, then prosecuted as Russia continues terror tactics against Crimean Solidarity
Rustem Osmanov, an activist from the civic initiative Crimea Solidarity, was taken from his home by unidentified men without insignia on Monday morning. In comparison with at least three activists who are facing huge sentences for showing solidarity with political prisoners in Russian-occupied Crimea and their families, Osmanov was ‘lucky’ in merely being fined 10 thousand roubles on trumped up charges
Crimean Tatars prosecuted for legal pickets and the truth about persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea
In its zeal to prevent the truth being told about its political repression in occupied Crimea, Russia is even flouting its own legislation. At very least three Crimean Tatars are now facing administrative charges for entirely legal single-person pickets on October 14.
Beating up Crimean Tatar activists is OK in occupied Crimea, demonstrating contempt for the assailants a ’crime’
24-year-old Shevket Razzakov is facing criminal charges in Russian-occupied Crimea for spitting at a Russian National Guard sniper during the armed search of another Crimean Tatar. None of the officers involved in beating up peaceful activists and hospitalizing one of them during the events that day is under investigation.
49 Crimean Tatars detained for legal pickets demanding an end to persecution
Crimean Tatars have reacted to the new arrests on ‘terrorism’ charges of civic activists in Russian-occupied Crimea by holding single-person pickets with placards reading: “Crimean Tatars are not terrorists. Give children their fathers back” and “Fabricating criminal cases – it’s this that’s TERROR”. .