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11.12.2017

Ukrainian judge blocks pension for severely disabled son of religious scholar held hostage in Donbas

Almost two years after renowned academic Ihor Kozlovskyy was seized by militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’, a judge in Kyiv has demanded that he be summoned to court before agreeing to reinstate his paralyzed son Slava’s pension.  The fact that his family is seeking to make Slava’s mother a second guardian because his father is in captivity was “of no interest” to judge Lyudmila Kizyun.. | detail

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05.12.2017

Russia set to begin its latest Crimean trial on ethnic and religious grounds

Safiye Kuku spent her 7th birthday outside a Crimean court on December 4 hoping in vain to see her father, human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku. At this last detention hearing before Kuku and five other men are taken to Russia for ‘trial’, the men’s wives and mothers were allowed to be present, but not the children. | detail

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27.11.2017

Number of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners rises well above 60

The Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners were waited for in vain at countless airports throughout the world on November 26. There are now well over 60 known prisoners, held on spurious charges, and the number has risen alarmingly over recent months. | detail

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06.11.2017

FSB use power outage as pretext to detain Crimean Tatars

Several Crimean Tatars are known to have been illegally detained, including the brother of imprisoned human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku.   | detail

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02.11.2017

Prison staff steal all food from Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev

Ruslan is being held in a notorious prison in Bashkiria and asks people to keep writing to him and to other political prisoners. The letters give them moral support, show them that they’re not forgotten. | detail

Visits 1525
19.10.2017

Russia hunts ‘organizers’ of Crimean Tatar solitary pickets against repression

A number of Crimean Tatars who on October 14 held single-person pickets in protest at mounting repression have been summoned to the police for questioning.  The summonses, like the detention of 49 Crimean Tatar picketers on Saturday, are in breach even of Russian legislation, and there are fears that Russia may try to concoct criminal prosecution of some supposed ‘organizer’.  | detail

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18.10.2017

Mothers and children of Crimean Tatar political prisoners frighten judges in Russian-occupied Crimea

With press freedom severely curtailed, and lawyers prohibited from divulging any information about the charges their clients face,  Russia probably expected the lawlessness of its indefinite imprisonment and ‘trials’ of Crimean Tatars and other Crimean Muslims to go unnoticed.  Crimea is not Russia, however, and there will be no silence, however much the de facto judges try to hold all hearings behind closed doors, and however many Crimean Tatars are themselves arrested for showing solidarity. | detail

Visits 1544
12.10.2017

Russia fights civic activists & Crimean Tatar solidarity with terrorism charges

Six more Crimean Tatars have been arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea, charged with involvement in the peaceful Hizb ut-Tahrir organization which is legal in Ukraine.  The six include well-known civic activists, and the entire operation, including the mass detention of people who tried to stream or photograph the proceedings, seemed a cynical warning of what Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians should expect for not keeping their head low.  | detail

Visits 1888
12.10.2017

Mass detention for reporting armed searches and arrests in Russian occupied Crimea

Armed searches began early in the morning of October 11 in a number of Crimean Tatar homes in Bakhchysarai.  This was a clear attempt at intimidation, with the six Crimean Tatars primarily people who have taken a firm civic stand and demonstrated solidarity where others faced searches and arrests | detail

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10.10.2017

Closed court hearings of Crimean Tatar rights activist to be challenged in Strasbourg

The lawyer representing Crimean Tatar political prisoner Emir-Usein Kuku has used all legal avenues available in occupied Crimea and will now be asking the European Court of Human Rights to rule on Russia’s unwarranted use of closed court hearings.  Although Alexei Ladin’s application will be over this clear denial of Kuku’s rights, Strasbourg’s judgement is of immense importance to the ever-increasing number of Crimean political prisoners and their families who are prevented from seeing the men even in court | detail

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04.10.2017

New weapon of religious persecution and arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea

Three Crimean Tatars have been remanded in custody and a fourth placed under house arrest in a new chilling offensive in Russian-occupied Crimea which has prompted Said Ismagilov, Head of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims in Ukraine to ask if the occupiers “hunt Muslims in Crimea like on safari”. | detail

Visits 2735
03.10.2017

Ukraine’s Got a Real Chance to Change. Will It Blow It Again?

Ukraine’s future rests on whether its judicial reforms will bring about the rule of law for the first time in its history, or whether political influence continues to contaminate its system. It appears the latter is the case. | detail

Visits 573
29.09.2017

Moscow Patriarchate refuses to help Ukrainian academic & advocate of religious dialogue jailed by Donbas militants

World-renowned Ukrainian academic and advocate for inter-faith dialogue, Ihor Kozlovskyy has been imprisoned in the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’  since January 2016 because he remained in Donetsk to care for his disabled son.  This is hardly a proper reason, but then neither are the absurd charges that the militants came up with after holding the retired university lecturer incommunicado for a month | detail

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25.09.2017

Crimean Tatar Political Prisoner Moved to Notorious Prison in Russia

After putting Ruslan Zeytullaev through three ‘trials’ to get the huge sentence needed for FSB paperwork, Russia has now sent the Crimean Tatar political prisoner two and a half thousand kilometres from his wife and three small daughters.    | detail

Visits 2534
01.09.2017

Cross & Icons seized, Archbishop assaulted in barbaric new attack on Ukrainian Cathedral in Russian-occupied Crimea

The Russian occupation regime has totally blocked the Cathedral of Vladimir and Olga, the main Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Kyiv Patriarchate in Simferopol.  During the seizure on Thursday morning, masked men used force against Archbishop Kliment, injuring his arm. | detail

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30.08.2017

Russia criminalizes more religious worship in occupied Crimea

18 Jehovah’s Witness communities in Russian-occupied Crimea have just been formally banned as supposedly ‘extremist organizations’. This means that members could now face criminal charges for activities linked with their worship. They will not be the only Ukrainians put on trial for their faith since Russia’s invasion of Crimea | detail

Visits 5360
21.08.2017

Russia again flouts European Court to hide Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev

Ruslan Zeytullaev has, fortunately, ended the hunger strike declared in protest at his increased sentence and the persecution of the Crimean Tatar people, but for a worrying reason.  The 31-year-old Crimean Tatar, whose release has been demanded by European bodies as well as human rights NGO’s is being sent thousands of kilometres from his wife, three small children and elderly mother. | detail

Visits 2441
18.08.2017

Crimean Tatar political prisoner hopes to return from Russian prison and help Ukraine

Nuri Primov, who turned 41 on July 31, is one of the ‘Sevastopol 4’, the first four Ukrainian Muslims to have been arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea for unproven involvement in the peaceful Hizb ut-Tahrir organization which is legal in Ukraine. | detail

Visits 1970
10.08.2017

New armed search in Crimea ends with Crimean Tatar Imam hospitalized

Russia has marked International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples with both continuing and new repression against Crimean Tatars.  These included an armed search of the home which Umer Emiramzaev shares with his wife and three small children, and his parents and brothers. | detail

Visits 1961
07.08.2017

Grave Concern for Crimean Tatar Political Prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev on Indefinite Hunger Strike

Ruslan Zeytullaev is continuing the hunger strike he declared on July 27, the day that Russia’s Supreme Court increased his manifestly unjust sentence to 15 years. Zeytullaev’s moving words to the court made it clear that his action was not only in protest at the sentence, but in defence of his people, facing persecution | detail

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