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05.12.2019

Russia’s militarization of childhood hits new low in occupied Crimea

Russia is glorifying war and teaching children how to kill in occupied Crimea, and no lessons at all have been drawn from the mass killing in Kerch on 17 October 2018, in which 20 students and teachers were gunned down | detail

Visits 1137
05.12.2019

Foreign Agents as new ‘enemies of the people’ in Russia and occupied Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill making it possible to brand virtually any journalist, blogger or civic activist a ‘foreign agent’, and MPs are pushing through a further law that will impose crippling fines or even imprisonment for failure to insert the label on any material they make public | detail

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04.12.2019

Ukraine’s MPs adopt belated measure to save Maidan investigation

This is a first step, but not enough, and the battle is clearly not over | detail

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04.12.2019

Donetsk militants and Russian FSB collaborate in torture and abduction of Ukrainian political prisoner

It is almost a year since Oleksandr Marchenko was seized by the so-called ‘security service’ of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ and subjected to horrific levels of torture before being illegally handed over to the Russian FSB | detail

Visits 445
03.12.2019

Dutch Prosecutor accuses Russia of deliberately hiding important MH17 suspect

The Netherlands has seen no reason to mince words over Russia’s swift moves to ensure that MH17 suspect Vladimir Tsemach was safely out of the reach of the Dutch Public Prosecutor | detail

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03.12.2019

Crimean Tatars react to mounting repression by “becoming political prisoners’ voice”

Crimean Solidarity has lodged an important new initiative in occupied Crimea, in which members of the community “become the voice” of the mounting number of political prisoners whom Russia has imprisoned for their faith and civic activism | detail

Visits 352
02.12.2019

Hey Apple, Crimea is illegally occupied -- not ‘disputed’ territory. Do not help Russia commit human rights violations

By changing its maps, whether in Russia alone, or everywhere, in order to retain Russian business, Apple is collaborating with an aggressor state which has brought grave human rights violations and untold suffering to occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 1627
02.12.2019

Russian-controlled ‘Donetsk republic’ claims more Ukrainian territory

The self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [‘DPR’] announced on 29 November that is has adopted a ‘law’ defining what it claims to be its ‘state territory | detail

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29.11.2019

When the FSB’’s abduction of a Crimean Tatar human rights activist failed, they charged him with ‘terrorism’

Crimean Tatar human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku has been sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment on bogus ‘terrorism’ charges because an attempt to abduct him went badly wrong. . | detail

Visits 645
29.11.2019

Ukrainian military volunteer faces search and criminal charges over video critical of President Zelensky

Criminal proceedings have been initiated against well-known military volunteer Marusia Zvirobiy and MP Sophia Fedina over a video on YouTube and Facebook which, it is alleged, contains “threats of murder” directed against Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky | detail

Visits 1682
28.11.2019

Help stop Russia’s death sentence without court or crime against Crimean Tatar activist

58-year-old Dzhemil Gafarov is one of the oldest of the 24 Crimean Tatar civic activists and journalists arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea on 27 March 2019 and the most gravely ill. Please help put pressure on Moscow by signing the enclosed petition | detail

Visits 875
27.11.2019

Sentsov: Whenever you think of friendship with Putin and Russia, remember the 13,000 Ukrainians killed and hundreds imprisoned

Oleg Sentsov drew a standing ovation from members of the European Parliament on 26 November with a speech in which he warned Europe to distrust Russian President Vladimir Putin and stressed the need to keep fighting for the release of about 100 Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian political prisoners whom Russia is illegally imprisoning | detail

Visits 1677
27.11.2019

More deaths needed for Euromaidan investigation to be resumed? Maidan lawyer & 7 others on hunger strike

As of late on 26 November, seven Ukrainians had reportedly joined Maidan lawyer Yevhenia Zakrevska’s hunger strike in protest at the effective sabotage of Ukraine’s investigations into the killings, persecution and other crimes against Euromaidan activists | detail

Visits 902
26.11.2019

Only empty promises as a huge majority of Ukrainians demand convictions for the savage murder of Katya Handziuk

On the eve of the first anniversary of Katya Handziuk’s death on 4 November, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General spoke of new progress in the investigation into the savage acid attack that caused Handziuk’s death. 25 days later, there is no sign of progress, rather the opposite | detail

Visits 931
26.11.2019

Ukrainian journalist in Russian-occupied Crimea fined for negative Facebook post about Putin

A Russian-controlled Crimean court has found Ukrainian blogger Yevhen Haivoronsky (Evgeny Gaivoronskyi) guilty of ‘petty hooliganism’ over a Facebook post on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s birthday (7 October). | detail

Visits 2644
25.11.2019

Maidan lawyer declares hunger strike in protest as Ukraine’s leaders allow sabotage of investigations

104 Maidan activists were killed during Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity in the winter of 2013-14. Six years later, Yevhenia Zakrevska, one of the lawyers representing the slain activists’ families has gone on hunger strike in a desperate attempt to force Ukraine’s leaders to prevent the collapse of almost all Maidan investigations. | detail

Visits 1022
25.11.2019

Court in Russia sentences severely disabled man to 11 years on fabricated ‘terrorism’ charges

Amir Gilyazov, who is wheelchair-bound and suffers from muscular dystrophy, has been sentenced by a Chelyabinsk military court to 11 years’ imprisonment in a case that demonstrates the grotesquely absurd nature of Russia’s conveyor belt ‘terrorism’ prosecutions | detail

Visits 934
22.11.2019

How do plundered boats & continued persecution of POWs promote ‘Russia – Ukraine dialogue’, President Macron?

Russia’s return of the three naval vessels seized a year ago came six months after the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ordered the immediate return of the vessels, and three days before the first hearing in the Hague of Ukraine’s suit against Russia over the seizure | detail

Visits 1095
22.11.2019

Russia continues its revenge on Maidan activists, while giving shelter to Berkut suspected killers

This sixth anniversary of the beginning of the Euromaidan protests is especially sombre as Ukraine’s President and parliamentarians appear unwilling to prevent the collapse of investigations into Maidan crimes | detail

Visits 894
21.11.2019

Ukrainian political prisoner: The real terrorists in occupied Crimea & those who carry out their orders

“The real terrorists are those who burst into the homes of people peacefully sleeping, who intimidate people who tell the truth; those who have turned a resort peninsula into a military base, bringing in thousands of items of military technology; and those who persecute and imprison people for their political and religious views.” – Vadim Siruk | detail

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