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Crimea Matters: Boycott Goran Bregović!

01.04.15 | Halya Coynash
In spite of serious human rights violations by the occupation regime in Crimea and international sanctions, Serbian musician Goran Bregović has held a concert in Sevastopol where he praised Russia’s greatness and expressed the hope that the West would be “cured of its paranoia”. His concerts in Ukraine, Poland and elsewhere should be cancelled
Victims of political repression

Dramatic increase in number of Russians who justify Stalin

01.04.15 | Halya Coynash
One wonders how the world would react if Germany were to come up with 45 % justifying Hitler’s crimes. Surely worth considering when this sharp increase in willingness to justify horrific crimes comes at a time when Russia has annexed part of neighbouring Ukraine and is showing no intention of stopping.
Freedom of expression

Crimean Tatar Leaders ‘”Warned” Not to Protest as Media Silenced

31.03.15 | Halya Coynash
With less than one day remaining before TV channel ATR and other Crimean Tatar media are likely to be silenced in Russian-occupied Crimea, two Crimean Tatar leaders have been warned of the consequences of ‘unauthorized’ demonstrations in defence of the channel.
Freedom of expression

Ruslan Kotsaba - Post-Maidan Ukraine’s First Political Prisoner?

31.03.15 | Halya Coynash
Any lingering hopes that Ukraine’s SBU really did have grounds for arresting controversial blogger Ruslan Kotsaba were dashed on Monday when the indictment was made public. There need to be serious grounds for accusing a person of state treason, a charge carrying a sentence of 12-15 years imprisonment. There appear to be none.
Politics and human rights

Fake Odessa ‘mass riots’ staged for Russian TV

31.03.15 | Halya Coynash
With attempts to cause real disturbances in Odessa having encountered stubborn resistance, orchestrated versions are being staged, with their participants paid for shouting about ‘repression’, overturning cars, etc. There is a fine line, however, between stunts and serious provocation with conceivably tragic consequences
Politics and human rights

Russian Units Honoured for Military Action in Ukraine?

30.03.15 | Halya Coynash
Vladimir Putin has issued decrees awarding three Russian military units guard rank for unspecified “mass heroism and daring, resilience and courage demonstrated in military action in defence of the Fatherland and state interests in conditions of armed conflict, and bearing in mind their services in peacetime.”.
Freedom of peaceful assembly

‘Convicted’ in Russian-occupied Crimea of holding a Ukrainian Flag

30.03.15
Crimean Tatar national movement activist Kurtseit Abdullayev has been sentenced to 20 hours community work for holding a Ukrainian flag with the words “Crimea is Ukraine” at the peaceful meeting on the anniversary of Taras Shevchenko’s birth
Deported peoples

Elected to Crimean Tatar Mejlis – expect repression under Russian occupation

30.03.15
Less than a week after being elected First Deputy Head of the Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative assembly, Nariman Dzhelyal has been subjected to a five-hour interrogation and a search of his home.
Freedom of expression

Do Not Let Crimean Tatar ATR and Media be Silenced!

28.03.15 | Halya Coynash
The overt attempt to crush the only Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR has been aptly described as “shooting the soul of the Crimean Tatar people”, however Russia’s success in destroying these media will provide a very dangerous message and have serious repercussions beyond any particular group in Crimea
News from the CIS countries

Savchenko: New charge dismissed as ‘technical mistake’

27.03.15 | Halya Coynash
Moscow’s Basmanny Court has agreed to call a further charge in the indictment against Nadiya Savchenko, one that carries a 20-year prison sentence, a “technical mistake”. It found no problem with the investigators’ merging of two other charges against the Ukrainian pilot, one of which was announced the day after PACE demanded her release within 24 hours.
News from the CIS countries

Kaliningrad ’flag prisoners’ charged with insulting the veterans Moscow rejects

27.03.15 | Halya Coynash
While 3 Russian nationals, facing 7-year-sentences for raising a flag, are charged with having offended veterans of the Second World War, Moscow is taking measures to ensure that elderly veterans who helped win that War will not be allowed near the parade on Red Square marking the seventieth anniversary of Victory Day.
The right to a fair trial

Russian-occupied Crimea: Maidan activist on trial, Berkut riot officers - the ‘victims’

27.03.15
Crimea’s puppet ‘prosecutor’ Natalya Poklonskay has announced that the ‘case’ against EuroMaidan activist Alexander Kostenko over alleged actions in Kyiv before Russia annexed Crimea has been passed to the court. Poklonskaya herself will be representing the prosecution in a trial which even by occupation regime standards reflects a mafia-like attitude to the law.
Politics and human rights

Ukraine makes first arrest of boat illegally entering Crimean port

26.03.15 | Halya Coynash
Ukraine has finally taken a major step towards penalizing vessels which breach Ukrainian law and flout the UN resolution on Crimea by entering Crimean ports, under Russian occupation.
The right to a fair trial

Long sentence for murderous ’anti-paedophile’ thuggery in Odessa

26.03.15
7-year sentence for 19-year-old ringleader of a group of supposed ‘paedophile’ persecutors who inflicted fatal injuries on one of their victims. The vigilante group was analogous to the notorious “Okkupai-pedofilyai” gangs first organized by Russian neo-Nazi former skinhead Maxim Martsinkevich.
News from the CIS countries

One Professional Russian Troll Tells All

26.03.15 | Dmitry Volchek, Daisy Sindelar
Former employees of Russia’s best-known "troll farm" reveal what the operation looks like from the inside.

  

Articles

Do Not Let Crimean Tatar ATR and Media be Silenced!

Halya Coynash
The overt attempt to crush the only Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR has been aptly described as “shooting the soul of the Crimean Tatar people”, however Russia’s success in destroying these media will provide a very dangerous message and have serious repercussions beyond any particular group in Crimea

Crimean survey removed after majority vote against annexation

Halya Coynash
If the survey that appeared on the pro-Russian Krymskaya Pravda website was real, then were a referendum to now be held on the status of Crimea, 61% of the respondents would vote for greater autonomy within Ukraine, and only 19% would vote to join Russia. It is a big ‘if’, with Krymskaya Pravda now claiming that the survey was the “latest provocation by enemies of Crimea”.

Nadiya Savchenko: “I’m learning to change tactics”

Halya Coynash
On Nadiya Savchenko’s letter explaining her change in tactics and partial termination of her hunger strike

Polish Film Academy Demand Release of Oleg Sentsov

Halya Coynash
In a wonderful show of solidarity, members of the Polish Film Academy have called on Russia to release Crimean film director Oleg Sentsov and have promised not to abandon their Ukrainian colleague. .

Bitter Crimean Anniversary – Victims of Russian Annexation

Halya Coynash
It is exactly one year since Russian forces seized control of government buildings and airports in Crimea and organized the events leading swiftly to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. It was a year that saw murder and disappearances, Soviet-style bans and deportation, as well as persecution of all who oppose Russia’s occupation

Odessa May 2 trial turns into farce as Russia continues ‘massacre’ propaganda

Halya Coynash
Whatever the reasons for delays and flaws in investigating and prosecuting crimes related to the disturbances, fire and deaths on May 2, 2014 in Odessa, procrastination serves only the interests of Russian propaganda’s ‘massacre’ claims

Crimean Tatar leader arrested in new wave of repression

Halya Coynash
The arrest of Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Mejlis, on suspicion of ‘organizing and taking part in mass disturbances’ is of unprecedented cynicism. There is not only video footage demonstrating his innocence, but the charges are under Russian legislation which not even Russia would claim was in force on Feb 26, 2014