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11.07.2018

Russia hides imprisoned Ukrainian human rights activist on hunger strike

Ukrainian political prisoner Emir-Usein Kuku “has been returned” to the Russian prison from where he disappeared on the morning of 10 July. It is possible that the secrecy about Kuku’s whereabouts was to prevent his lawyer from seeing the human rights activist who has been on hunger strike since 26 June | detail

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04.07.2018

Jailed Crimean Tatar Human Rights Activist on Hunger Strike in Russian World Cup city

Emir-Usein Kuku has been on hunger strike since 26 June in Rostov.  Nothing is known of the human rights activist’s condition, with the Russian state-controlled media generally avoiding mention of the 11 Ukrainian political prisoners, most of them Crimean Tatar, currently ‘on trial’ in this World Cup hosting city | detail

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02.07.2018

New wave of religious persecution in occupied Donbas

The only mosque still functioning in occupied Donetsk has been closed after a search and interrogation of the Imam and several believers.  There has long been persecution of many Christian churches and believers in Russia’s proxy ‘republics’, and it is feared that Muslims are now also to be targeted | detail

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21.06.2018

Mother of Crimean Tatar political prisoner declares hunger strike

68-year-old Rayme Ceyityaya (Primova) has gone on a hunger strike, demanding the release of her son, Nuri Primov, one of Russia’s first Crimean political prisoners.  Her own state of health makes any hunger strike of immediate danger, however she has resisted all attempts to dissuade her, saying she has no other way to help save her son | detail

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15.06.2018

Jailed Crimean Tatar human rights activist says that FSB prove that Russia has changed little since Stalin era

In a recent appeal, Emir-Usein Kuku notes that Russia’s FSB are not in the slightest bothered by the absurdity of the charges they have brought against him and five other Crimean Muslims. "They falsify supposed ‘evidence of guilt’ in the darkest tradition of the NKVD, demonstrating that in modern Russia little has changed since Stalin’s times" | detail

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22.05.2018

Crimean Tatar Civic Activists arrested in new offensive against Crimea Solidarity

Russia has carried out new armed searches and arrests in occupied Crimea, with one of the targets Server Mustafaev, a highly-respected civic activist and coordinator of the Crimea Solidarity movement | detail

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14.05.2018

Crimean Tatar faces huge sentence in Russian FSB’s ‘machine of wholesale persecution’

Nuri Primov and three other recognized Crimean Tatar political prisoners are imprisoned in Russia on the basis of a conversation about their Muslim faith, about Ukraine and Russia.  It is likely that similar ‘evidence’ will be provided to jail Primov’s cousin Enver Seytosmanov who was arrested on 10 May | detail

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18.04.2018

FSB’s ‘secret witness’ exposed during trial of 6 Crimean political prisoners

Crimean Tatar Human Rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku and five other Ukrainian Muslims are facing huge sentences on fatally flawed charges with the ‘evidence’ so far provided by a traitor, now working for Russia’s FSB, and an alcoholic ‘secret witness’, whose testimony seems to have been dictated by the prosecution | detail

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11.04.2018

Russia tries to drive Ukrainian Church out of Crimea

While it is Crimean Muslims who are in ever-increasing numbers facing imprisonment for their faith in Russian-occupied Crimea, it was the Orthodox Church under the Kyiv Patriarchate that first came under fire following annexation, and that remains under relentless pressure. | detail

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03.04.2018

Russia hurts political prisoners in revenge for Ukraine’s expulsion of diplomats

Russia has responded to Ukraine’s expulsion of 13 diplomats with nominal symmetry, but brutal precision, targeting both Moscow and the consulate in Rostov where many of Russia’s politically-motivated trials of Ukrainians are held.  Rostov also borders areas of Donbas under Kremlin-backed militant control, and Russia would doubtless prefer as few Ukrainian eyes as possible monitoring its regular flow of fighters, military equipment and arms across the border. | detail

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07.03.2018

Ukraine carries out Russian-style raid of Islamic Cultural Centre

Said Ismagilov, Mufti of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine, has accused Ukraine’s enforcement bodies of multiple infringements during an early-morning search of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Kyiv.  Ukraine is using methods, he says, which are disturbingly similar to those applied in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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06.03.2018

Russia condemned for launching ‘machine of wholesale persecution’ in occupied Crimea

On the eve of his 47th birthday, his third in Russian captivity, Crimean Tatar father of four, Muslim Aliev has been declared a political prisoner, together with five other Crimean Muslims, now on trial in Russia.  The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has given a devastating analysis of the charges Aliev, human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku; Refat Alimov; Enver Bekirov; Arsen Dzhepparov; and Vadim Siruk are facing, and the machine for wholesale persecutions which Russia is now illegally using in occupied Crimea.  | detail

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23.02.2018

Crimean Tatar prosecuted in Russian-occupied Crimea for trying to see her political prisoner husband

Fera Abdullaeva has been fined by a court in Russian-occupied Crimea for trying to stand where she could see her political prisoner husband Uzeir Abdullaev as he was brought to yet another closed detention hearing on December 8, 2017.  There are no grounds for holding these ‘court’ detention hearings behind closed doors, and none either for the prosecution of the young Crimean Tatar woman . | detail

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15.02.2018

Profoundly cynical trial begins of Crimean Tatar human rights activist and five other Crimean Muslims

The men are facing sentences of 15 years or more on unproven charges of involvement in a peaceful organization which is legal in Ukraine. Amnesty International has declared human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku a prisoner of conscience, however the same applies to all six men who are imprisoned for their faith, and in some cases because of their civic position or out of revenge for their refusal to collaborate with Russia’s FSB. | detail

Visits 1357
06.02.2018

Russia backed Luhansk ‘republic’ bans Jehovah’s Witnesses and other ‘non-traditional’ faiths

The self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] has yet again followed Russia’s lead, this time by banning the Jehovah’s Witnesses, calling them and other banned faiths ‘religious groups’.  The move comes just days after the Kremlin-backed ‘LPR parliament’ passed several ‘laws’, including one aimed at hunting down and prohibiting so-called extremism in religious or political organizations, as well as in the media.  . | detail

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05.02.2018

Another Missed Opportunity: Russia Evades Designation for Religious Repression

More than ever, USCIRF believes that the United States should take a stand for the religious minorities that Russia is oppressing in Russia, as well as in Crimea and the Russian-occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk. The commissioners strongly recommend that Russia be designated a Country of Particular Concern for its severe religious freedom violations | detail

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02.02.2018

Russia-backed ‘Cossack’ fighters take oath in Moscow Patriarchate church to fight against the Ukrainian ‘enemy’

Around 40 ’Cossack’ fighters from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [‘LPR’] have attended a ceremony in an Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate,claiming that it gives them “the right with rifle in hand to defend the republic”. The event on 27 January is not the first time that Moscow Patriarchate churches and their clergy are seen taking a clear and highly contentious position in the Kremlin-backed conflict in Donbas.. | detail

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24.01.2018

Three years since Russia began its persecution on fake ‘terrorism’ charges of Crimean Muslims

It is exactly three years since the first FSB arrests of Crimean Muslims on fabricated ‘terrorism’ charges | detail

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09.01.2018

Crimean political prisoner beaten in Russia for reporting brutal treatment

Ukrainian political prisoner Vadim Siruk has been beaten up by Russian OMON police just a week after lawyers received reports that he and human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku had been subjected to torture. Siruk, Kuku and four other Crimean Muslims are being taken ‘for trial’ to Rostov in Russia, with such journeys often used as a way of putting pressure on prisoners.  | detail

Visits 2185
02.01.2018

Russian FSB “make their careers” by jailing Crimean Muslims on fake ’terrorism’ & ’extremism’ charges

For FSB officers in Russian-occupied Crimea, armed searches, arrests and imprisonment of Ukrainian Muslims are the road to career success.  According to human rights expert, Vitaly Ponomaryov, Russia has used anti-extremism legislation to launch “a conveyor belt of political repression where you can be sentenced on the basis of spurious cases which have little in common with reality”. | detail

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