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23.09.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia uses farcical police line-ups to imprison Crimean Tatar civic activists and journalists

As if the use of ‘secret witnesses’ giving unverifiable testimony were not enough, Russia’s FSB is using them to triumphantly ‘identify’ arrested Crimean Tatar activists from an identity parade (or police line-up) where the other men look quite different | detail

23.09.2019     News from the CIS countries

“If my language disappears tomorrow, I am ready to die today”. Albert Razin died in protest at forced Russification

“If my language is to disappear tomorrow, I am ready to die today”. Albert Razin died in protest at forced Russification | detail

20.09.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia is barbarically vandalizing UNESCO world heritage site at Chersonese in occupied Crimea

Russia has dangerous construction plans for a site in occupied Crimea on the UNESCO World Heritage List, with one of the reasons linked with Moscow’s attempts to rewrite its own history | detail

20.09.2019     News from the CIS countries

Six Jehovah’s Witnesses get prison sentences in Russia for their faith

If the new sentences are upheld at appeal level, this will mark a worrying new escalation in religious persecution, with more imprisonments likely, both in Russia and in occupied Crimea | detail

18.09.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Why does OSCE give Russia’s Crimean collaborators a platform for Kremlin propaganda?

Ukrainian delegates to the OSCE’s annual Human Dimensions Implementation Meeting walked out of the session on 17 September in protest over Crimean collaborators using the occasion to push Russian propaganda about Crimea; Crimean Tatars and Ukraine, including the claim that Crimea ‘is Russian’. | detail

18.09.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Balukh describes torture in Russia and attempt to foist Russian citizenship

Volodymyr Balukh has finally been able to publicly reveal details about the torture and ill-treatment he was subjected to while in Russian captivity for the Ukrainian flag he had refused to remove from his home and his open opposition to Russian occupation | detail

17.09.2019     Children’s rights

Russian-controlled Donbas ‘republics’ remove Ukrainian language and everything connected with Ukraine from schools

Although Russia repeatedly claims that Russian speakers were under threat in Crimea and Donbas, it is the Ukrainian language that has come under attack as soon as Russia took actual or effective control, as well as Ukrainian history and culture | detail

17.09.2019     Human trafficking

Up to three thousand Ukrainians jailed in Russia in human trafficking scam

While very many such human trafficking victims are still stuck in Russian prisons, at least have been blackmailed or simply forced into fighting against Ukraine in Donbas or in Syria | detail

16.09.2019     The right to life

Why is another killing of a journalist in Ukraine going unanswered?

Over five years after the abduction and murder of Cherkasy journalist and Maidan activist Vasyl Serhiyenko, the suspected perpetrators are being released from detention one by one, and no charges have been brought over the commissioning of the killing | detail

13.09.2019     Against torture and ill-treatment

Russia treats imprisoned Crimean Tatar activists like victims of the 1944 Deportation

Two of the Crimean Solidarity activists whom Russia arrested on 27 March and quickly moved out of occupied Crimea have been brought back to Simferopol, and are being held in conditions that amount to torture | detail

12.09.2019     Implementation of European Law

Russia tells ECHR that it didn’t annex Crimea & accuses Ukraine & West of ‘fake evidence”

Russia’s attempts to twist the factual details of its annexation of Crimea and human rights violations were emphatically rejected on 11 September during the public hearings in the Case of Ukraine vs. Russia re Crimea at the European Court of Human Rights | detail

12.09.2019     Victims of political repression

Freed Ukrainian POWs collect money for Russian activist Konstantin Kotov who helped them & is now jailed himself

For the 24 Ukrainian POWs who spent nine long months imprisoned in Moscow, the support they received from Konstantin Kotov was of enormous importance. On their release, the men learned that Kotov himself has now been imprisoned and their response was immediate | detail

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16.09.2019     Victims of political repression

Russia’s ‘persuasion’ of Ukrainian hostage: Mock executions, torture & five years of solitary confinement

One of the men who did not step off the plane from Moscow on 7 September was 36-year-old Valentin Vyhivsky, whom Russia has held in total isolation for five years after abducting him from Crimea and brutally torturing him | detail

13.09.2019     Victims of political repression

Photographing a disused aerodrome can get you jailed for 12 years in Russia if you’re Ukrainian

The oldest of the Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners is now 63 and will be 70 before he is released if Russia has its way.  Viktor Shur has been imprisoned since December 2014, after being held without access to a lawyer or his family until he had ‘confessed’ to spying charges | detail

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