Russia scales back troops, not its escalation of repression in occupied Crimea
News that Russia is withdrawing its troops coincided with the seizure of another supposed Ukrainian ‘spy’, as well as an armed ‘operation’ against a Crimean Tatar, also allegedly in connection with the ‘search for terrorists’.
Russia’s remake trial of Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader provides evidence for international courts
The ‘trial’ is ending in Russian-occupied Crimea of Refat Chubarov, Head of the Mejlis, or representative assembly, of the Crimean Tatar people
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
Russian military chief claims Ukraine is planning ‘provocation’ for military attack on occupied Crimea
Patrushev’s words about Ukraine’s supposed plans for ‘terrorist attacks’ will almost certainly translate into yet more armed searches and arrests of Crimean Tatars and others Ukrainians on fabricated charges
Mothers of Crimean Tatar political prisoners prosecuted for affirming their sons’ innocence
The mothers of three Crimean Tatar political prisoners are facing administrative prosecution for silent single-person pickets in defence of their sons
Memorial: 63-year-old Ukrainian imprisoned solely for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea
The authoritative Memorial Human Rights Centre has declared Oleh Prykhodko a political prisoner, finding the case against the 63-year-old Ukrainian activist falsified and lacking in any elements of a crime
Crimean Tatar children told that their grandparents deserved Stalin’s Deportation
Samira Aliyeva, a fourth-grade student in Russian-occupied Crimea, should have been praised for her homework assignment about her great-grandfather, a WWII veteran and victim of Stalin’s 1944 Deportation of the entire Crimean Tatar people.
Imprisoned Ukrainian journalist savagely tortured by Russian FSB in occupied Crimea
The FSB attached electric wires to Vladislav Yesypenko’s ear lobes and kept increasing the electric current until the pain was so unendurable that he „would admit to whatever they wanted”
Unique Foros Park destroyed in Russian-occupied Crimea
Secrecy around the work is believed to be because the new ‘owner’ of at least part of this plundered Ukrainian national park is TatNeft who wants to avoid sanctions for its activities on illegally occupied Ukrainian territory
Editor on trial in Russian-occupied Crimea for UN report mentioning the Crimean Tatar Mejlis
Bekir Mamutov is on trial in Russian-occupied Crimea for publishing a UN report which mentions the Mejlis,, or self-governing body, of the Crimean Tatar people
Ukrainian jailed in Russia’s revenge for Maidan punished because of back pain
The Russian prison authorities have thrown Andriy Kolomiyets into the appalling conditions of a SHIZO, or punishment cell for the second time this month, with both 10-day sentences on absurd pretexts
Russian invaders sentence elderly Ukrainian woman to 12 years on ‘treason’ charges
After invading and occupying Ukrainian Crimea, Russia has sentenced an elderly Ukrainian woman for supposed ‘state treason’, claiming she had spied for Ukraine.
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
Russia launches attack on Crimean Tatar elders for speaking out against repression
A Russian-controlled prosecutor has claimed that words like ‘intimidation’ and ‘injustice’ are ‘public calls to extremist activity’ and has issued a formal warning against one of the Crimean Tatar elders who spoke out in defence of political prisoners
Arrested Ukrainian journalist likely tortured for "confession" on Russian propaganda TV
A Russian-controlled Crimean TV channel has broadcast an ‘interview’ with Vladislav Yesypenko a week after the Ukrainian journalist was seized in occupied Crimea.
Russia uses punitive psychiatry to imprison Crimean Tatar rights activist indefinitely
A cassation court in Russia has overturned the previous court ruling in Russia’s persecution of Yunus Masharipov and ordered a new appeal hearing, under different judges, with respect to the 56-year-old rights activist and victim of punitive psychiatry.
Journalist seized in Russian-occupied Crimea accused of ‘spying and sabotage’ for Ukraine
Almost a week after Vladislav Yesypenko was seized in Russian-occupied Crimea, the FSB are preventing the freelance journalist from seeing an independent lawyer
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