Mass detention of Crimean Tatars travelling to political trial in Russia
This was a brazen act of racial profiling by the Russian occupation regime against Crimean Tatars in the latter’s own homeland
Russia detains almost 200 Crimean Tatars and closes Crimea Bridge in brazen act of intimidation
Around 200 Crimean Tatars were stopped by Russian traffic police on Monday evening, and were effectively held against their will through the night near the illegal bridge between Kerch in occupied Crimea and Russia
17-year-old prevented from leaving Russian-occupied Crimea to study in mainland Ukraine
A young man from occupied Sevastopol was caught by Ukrainian border guards in the Sumy oblast on 12 October in circumstances that prove both his determination to study in mainland Ukraine and the obstructions that Russia is illegally imposing.
Outrage as Ukraine’s government closes administrative border with occupied Crimea
Both the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and human rights groups are appalled by the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers’ sudden announcement on 8 August that the administrative border between mainland Ukraine and occupied Crimea was to be closed from 9 to 30 August
Ukraine was supposed to help Russia persecute Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev
The material in Russia’s extraordinary ‘trial’ of veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev includes three versions of a request for legal assistance from Ukraine
Russia is committing a war crime by deporting Ukrainians from occupied Crimea
Ukrainians living in their own native Crimea face all kinds of restrictions and discrimination if they have not taken Russian citizenship, and can, and often do, find themselves deported from their homeland
Russia begins ‘trial’ of Crimean Tatar leader for crossing a non-existent state border
The ‘trial’ on charges of surreal lawlessness has (almost) begun in occupied Crimea of veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP, Mustafa Dzhemilev
Back in the USSR: Russia stops ex-dissident from leaving occupied Crimea after threatening punitive psychiatry
Oleh Sofianyk, a marathon swimmer and former dissident, has been prevented from leaving occupied Crimea, in Russia’s latest eery rerun of the repressive measures that the Soviet regime used against the 56-year-old thirty years ago
Russia threatens sister of Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev with prosecution for “extremism”
Dilyara Seitveliyeva, sister of veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, has received a “warning against extremism” from the Russian occupation regime
Russia uses farcical criminal charges against Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev to keep him out of Crimea
The 5-year ban on entering his native Crimea that Russia imposed on veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev soon after invading his homeland came to an end on 19 April, but it is using surreal criminal charges.
Russia occupies Crimea and deports Ukrainians for refusing Russian citizenship
Russia is treating Ukrainians in Ukrainian Crimea as ‘foreign migrants’. Those who refused or were unable to take on Russian citizenship after Russia’s annexation of Crimea are systematically penalized by the occupation regime, with an ever-increasing number even deported
Vital rulings could end humiliating discrimination against Ukrainians displaced by Russian aggression
Ukrainians forced to flee their homes in Crimea or Donbas have until recently had to endure ‘verification checks’ before they could receive the pensions to which they were entitled. That will hopefully now end thanks to both a Supreme Court ruling and a successful legal challenge brought by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union
Ukrainians deported from occupied Crimea for rejecting Russian citizenship
Four years after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, over two thousand Ukrainians have been prosecuted for not having Russian documents, with 366 people actually deported. Many of them had lived in Crimea all their lives, and 40 were people who also had family ties with Crimea or where in a civil marriage
School kids intimidated in Russian-occupied Crimea as Crimeans refuse to reject Ukrainian citizenship
Teachers in Russian-occupied Crimea are demanding information from parents as to whether their children have Russian citizenship and what residence status they and their parent(s) have. The document came to light in connection with angry reactions from pro-Russian officials to the large number of Crimeans obtaining Ukrainian biometric passports
Russian FSB ‘deports’ Ukrainian & his ‘terrorist’ dog from occupied Crimea
Oleksandr Kovalchuk, a Ukrainian citizen, has been forcibly deported from Crimea where he had been living since 2011. Russia, which is illegally occupying Crimea, accused Kovalchuk of breaching Russia’s migration legislation – and his dog Teddy of ‘sabotage’
Crimean Tatar political prisoner jailed for Crimean Solidarity named Ukraine’s Volunteer of the Year
One of the Crimean Solidarity activists arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea in October this year has been named Ukraine’s Volunteer of the Year. Marlen (Suleyman) Asanov had long been known for his generosity in helping people in need. When, under Russian occupation, the armed searches and arrests began, he became an active member of Crimea Solidarity, a civic initiative launched to help political prisoners and their families.
Wives of Crimean Tatar Political Prisoners detained for many hours as Russia steps up terror tactics
Russia is not content with illegally imprisoning 25 Crimean Muslims on unproven charges of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a peaceful organization that is legal in Ukraine, and leaving 100 children without their fathers. It has now turned to terrorizing and intimidating the wives and family friends of seven political prisoners, with the women detained, illegally held for many hours by FSB-controlled officers brandishing machine guns and interrogated. They were finally released late on Wednesday evening, but only after an ambulance needed to be called for one of the women.
European Parliament approves visa liberalization for Ukraine
It’s finally happened! The European Parliament on April 6 voted to lift visa requirements for Ukrainians wishing to travel to anywhere in the Schengen zone.
Poroshenko law could strip huge numbers of Ukrainians of their citizenship
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has tabled as urgent a draft law which would automatically strip Ukrainians of their citizenship if they voluntarily took on citizenship of another country