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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
24.05.2019

Russia confirms return to Soviet persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including in occupied Crimea & Donbas

A Russian court has upheld the six-year prison sentence imposed on Dennis Christensen for being a Jehovah’s Witness, with the ruling feared likely to intensify the already mounting persecution of believers in Russia and in occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 331
23.05.2019

Death no obstacle to Russia’s brutal persecution of Crimean Tatars

Just as the presumption of innocence and need for evidence are concepts that find no place in Russia’s system of repression in occupied Crimea, so too are mercy and fundamental humanity | detail

Visits 525
30.04.2019

Russia’s Donbas proxy ‘republic’ seizes Ukrainian Orthodox Church for the Moscow Patriarchate

A Ukrainian Orthodox church in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] is to be forcibly taken from its congregation and handed over to the Moscow Patriarchate, with other Ukrainian Orthodox congregations also in danger of losing their places of worship | detail

Visits 1690
26.04.2019

168 child victims of Russia’s mounting repression in occupied Crimea

Another Crimean Tatar activist was arrested on 17 April, bringing the number of activists, most of them from the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative, whom the Russian occupation regime has taken prisoner over the last month to at least 24 | detail

Visits 957
24.04.2019

Ukrainian Orthodox Church congregation refused registration in Russian-occupied Crimea

The Russian-controlled ‘justice ministry’ in occupied Crimea is making problems over the application for registration of a Ukrainian Orthodox congregation, an application forced on the Church by mounting attempts to drive it from Crimea | detail

Visits 646
19.04.2019

Persecution in occupied Crimea that Russia will use 20-year sentences against journalists to hide

Remzi Bekirov has been a major force within the Crimean Solidarity movement, working tirelessly to report on the mounting repression in occupied Crimea. He is now potentially facing a life sentence, on of 23 civic activists arrested in Russia’s worst attack to date on Crimean Solidarity and on Crimean Tatars | detail

Visits 467
17.04.2019

Crimean Tatar Imam arrested on charges of ‘calls to extremism’ in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia’s abuse of ‘extremism’ legislation is notorious, and suspicions about this ‘operation’ are only exacerbated by the fact that the FSB and other enforcement officers appear to have been accompanied by several Russian and Russian-controlled TV channels | detail

Visits 1217
09.04.2019

Crimean Tatar political prisoner’s mother detained as elderly parents come out in silent defence of their arrested sons

On 8 April, Zarema Mamutova and her daughter-in-law Aliye, were detained in Bakhchysarai while the elderly lady stood with a placard reading: “My son is no terrorist.  Why 17 years?”.  This was the horrific sentence passed on her 43-year-old son Enver Mamutov, a recognized political prisoner, on 23 December.  | detail

Visits 586
09.04.2019

Russia plans ‘rehabilitation centre ’ for dissidents in occupied Crimea

Russia has announced plans for a ‘rehabilitation centre’  in occupied Crimea to ‘re-educate’ Muslims considered to be under the influence of ‘extremist ideology’ | detail

Visits 943
05.04.2019

Russia seizes Ukrainian Church land in Crimea for the FSB and Moscow Patriarchate

The Russian occupation regime has begun construction work on land allocated to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church back in 2012 for a new Christ the Saviour Cathedral | detail

Visits 733
02.04.2019

Protestant pastor arrested for ‘illegal worship’ in Russian-controlled Luhansk ‘republic’

Although Mykola [Nikolai] Muratov and several other people were released after being interrogated and held for many hours, they faced ‘prosecution’ for supposedly ‘illegal’ worship.   | detail

Visits 827
01.04.2019

23 arrested Crimean Tatar rights activists secretly moved to Russia

Russia has illegally taken the 23 Crimean Solidarity activists arrested on 27 and 28 March from occupied Crimea, without giving the men a chance to even contact their families | detail

Visits 979
29.03.2019

Russia uses terror to crush Crimean Solidarity & drive Crimean Tatars from their homeland

Russia has unleashed a new wave of terror on occupied Crimea, with the aim very clearly being to intimidate Crimean Tatars into silence or drive them, on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the 1944 Deportation, from their homeland. | detail

Visits 1010
28.03.2019

Mass armed searches and arrests of Crimean Tatar activists in Russian-occupied Crimea

20 men are now in custody, with that number set to rise, after the latest and most flagrant, of a series of attacks on Crimean Solidarity clearly aimed at intimidating Crimean Tatars and forcing them into silence about the mounting repression under Russian occupation | detail

Visits 1874
21.03.2019

Armed searches and arrests of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia’s FSB have brought more persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses to occupied Crimea with at least six armed searches on 20 March and subsequent detention | detail

Visits 1164
15.03.2019

Russia breaks all records in Crimea with level of persecution of 8 Crimean Tatars

The FSB have suddenly changed the indictment against more Crimean Tatar political prisoners arrested for their faith and involvement in the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative | detail

Visits 609
04.03.2019

Ukrainian Archbishop Klyment detained in Russian-occupied Crimea on grotesquely absurd charges

Archbishop Klyment, Head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Russian-occupied Crimea was detained on Sunday morning, 3 March, and held in custody till late evening, facing two separate charges of breath-taking cynicism | detail

Visits 2608
28.02.2019

Russia brings charges of ‘planning to violently seize power’ for Crimean Solidarity with political prisoners

There are grounds for suspecting that the added charge of ‘planning to violently seize power’ is punishment for refusal to ‘cooperate’ with the investigators.  | detail

Visits 850
15.02.2019

Russia brings terror to more Crimean Tatar families

After the latest armed searches and arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea, three more Crimean Tatars have joined Russia’s long list of Ukrainian political prisoners and five children have been left without their fathers, bringing the number of Russia’s smallest Crimean victims to well over 100 | detail

Visits 2532
14.02.2019

Russia moves to crush Orthodox Church of Ukraine in occupied Crimea

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine has been ordered to vacate the Cathedral of Vladimir and Olga in occupied Simferopol by the beginning of March, with this likely to lead to eight parishes in rural areas also being forced to close | detail

Visits 1956
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