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Deported peoples

Cameraman for Silenced Crimean Tatar TV ATR Detained in Crimea

21.04.15 | Halya Coynash
Eskender Nebiyev, cameraman for ATR, the Crimean Tatar TV channel which Russia recently forced off air in Russian-occupied Crimea, is reported to have been detained on Monday after a search was carried out of his home. Initial reports suggest that he may be the latest person targeted in the notorious ’Feb 26, 2014 case’ involving a pre-annexation demonstration
The right to a fair trial

Court ACQUITS Roman Landik: he attacked a young woman ’in self-defence’

Four years after Ukraine was rocked by video images of Party of the Regions deputy Roman Landik beating up a young woman in a restaurant, a Luhansk court has decided that Landik was ‘defending himself’ and totally acquitted him.
The right to liberty and security

Crimean rights activist detained

Emir-Usein Kuku, member of the Contact Group on Human Rights has been taken away after police arrived at his home in Yalta on Monday morning. He was read a decision stating that he is suspected of “inciting hatred or enmity, and also denigrating human dignity”.
The right to life

Who wants to turn Kyiv into another Donetsk?

20.04.15 | Halya Coynash
While the western media present any talk of Russian involvement in the killing of journalist Oles Buzina and politician Oleh Kalashnikov as the ‘Kyiv version’, like the ‘Kremlin version’ of Boris Nemtsov’s murder, it is by no means only Ukrainian politicians who are expressing concerns which if warranted would have seriously frightening implications.
The right to a fair trial

Crimean Show Trial of Kyiv Maidan Activist Begins

20.04.15 | Halya Coynash
The trial is beginning in Russian-occupied Crimea of a Ukrainian citizen accused of slightly injuring another Ukrainian citizen during the EuroMaidan protests in Ukraine’s capital city before Russia annexed Crimea. The ‘investigators’ even used Olexandr Kostenko’s Ukrainian citizenship as the pretext for holding him in custody.
Deported peoples

See who you recognize, we’ll arrest them (Crimean ‘Feb 26’ arrests continue)

The interrogations are proving as surreal as everything else in the so-called ‘Feb 26’ case where the occupation regime is prosecuting people under Russian law over a pre-annexation demonstration which took place under Ukrainian law. Another person has just been remanded in custody, and more arrests are unfortunately likely
Politics and human rights

Speech on receiving the Lev Kopelev Award ‘For Freedom and Human Rights’

19.04.15 | Yevhen Zakharov
On April 19 in Cologne the 2015 Lev Kopelev Award “For Freedom and Human Rights” was received by Ukraine’s Ruslana Lyzhychko and Yevhen Zakharov, and Russia’s Andrei Makarevich and Edward Uspensky.
The right to liberty and security

Attack on Pro-Ukrainian Activist in Crimea

In just over a month Leonid Kuzmin has lost his job as a teacher, been sentenced to 40 hours community work and warned of ‘extremism’ for a Ukrainian flag. He has now faced an attack by young thugs which left him with concussion.
Politics and human rights

Odesa minorities cry foul as new ‘people’s council’ report their persecution

17.04.15 | Halya Coynash
Claims by a newly-formed ‘People’s Council of Bessarabia’ – and the Russian media – of ‘alarming’ arrests and persecution have been rejected by Odesa’s national minorities who challenge the members of this ‘Council’ to identify themselves and explain why they’re seeking a repetition of the scenario in eastern Ukraine.
The right to life

Witness relates how Motorola killed ‘cyborg’ Ihor Branovytsky

Released POW Yury Sova has spoken with the BBC Ukrainian Service about his time in captivity and about the murder he witnessed of cyborg Ihor Branovytsky by ‘Motorola’, the Russian leader of the Kremlin-backed Sparta battalion fighting in Donbas.
Politics and human rights

Ukrainian Art Group Goes Viral With Music Videos Mocking Separatists

A new Ukrainian collective is making waves online with biting musical parodies decrying Russia’s support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
News from the CIS countries

Nadiya Savchenko facing pressure to ‘confess’

16.04.15 | Halya Coynash
Nadiya Savchenko has been visited by Russian MPs trying to persuade her to ‘confess’, be convicted and then – supposedly - pardoned. There seems no chance that she, Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko will agree, but every reason for Moscow to want to avoid the lawlessness in each of these cases on public trial.
Environmental rights

“Our brothers are dying in the East”, yet environmental protection efforts must continue

16.04.15 | Motria Caudill
“Not only are our brothers dying in the East, but a series of environment threats have emerged related to environmental pollution and destruction of nature reserves. State parks are seriously suffering – 33 different sites in the protected areas of Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kharkiv oblasts were damaged during the ATO ..."
Freedom of expression

Crimean students fined for supporting Crimean Tatar channel ATR

Two underage students in Simferopol have received heavy fines for trying to make a video clip in support of ATR, a day before the only Crimean Tatar TV channel in the world was forced off air
The right to a fair trial

Putin’s Hostage: Russia tries Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s Son

15.04.15 | Halya Coynash
The trial has begun in Russia of Khaiser Dzhemiliev after Moscow flouted an order from the European Court of Human Rights to release Khaiser from custody. The charges are much more serious now demonstrating the real motive, being to put pressure on veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemiliev.



Crimean Tatar TV silenced, searches and arrests continue

Halya Coynash
ATR was forced off air on Tuesday night after Russia effectively refused to re-register this unique television channel and other Crimean Tatar media. Hundreds gathered outside the studio, many obviously distressed. The police were present, openly videoing the crowd and 8 people are due in court after being detained making a video in support of ATR

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