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

Jehovah’s Witness faces years in prison for practising his faith in Russian occupied Crimea

A new trial has begun in Sevastopol of Viktor Stashevsky, the latest Jehovah’s Witness to be facing a long term of imprisonment for praying and practising his faith in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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Persecution of Crimean Tatars and huge sentences as career moves for Russian FSB

The latest trial without a crime that Russia brought to occupied Crimea is ending, with the prosecutor demanding an 18-year sentence against Crimean Tatar civic activist Rustem Emiruseinov, 16 and 15 years against Eskender Abdulganiev and Arsen Abkhairov | detail

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Punitive psychiatry used against blind political prisoner in Russian-occupied Crimea

There are grounds for fearing that the FSB are planning to get Alexander Sizikov incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital as his physical disabilities are too severe for even a Russian court to sentence him to ordinary imprisonment | detail

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Crimean Tatar civic journalist Marlen Asanov gets 19-year sentence because he refused to leave occupied Crimea

Crimean Tatar civic journalist and political prisoner, Marlen Asanov was told by a Russian FSB investigator that it was his own fault that he was imprisoned. They had given him warnings to leave Crimea, and he hadn’t listened | detail

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ECHR issues crucial judgement against Russia over secret witnesses used to jail Crimean Tatar political prisoners

The European Court of Human Rights has found that Russia violated the right to a fair trial of three men because of the unwarranted use of ‘secret witnesses’ to convict them | detail

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Memet Belyalov: 18-year sentence for discussing religion in Russian-occupied Crimea

If Russia is allowed to have its way, Memet Belyalov’s son, Ali will have come of age before his father, a Crimean Solidarity civic activist and recognized political prisoner, is released from Russian imprisonment | detail

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Four Jehovah’s Witnesses imprisoned for their faith in Russian-occupied Crimea

Although Yevhen Zhukov; Volodymyr Maladyka; Volodymyr Sakada and Ihor Schmidt are accused of ‘organizing the work of an extremist organization’ (under Article 282.2 § 1 of Russia’s criminal code), the charges pertain solely to their peaceful practising of their faith | detail

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Huge sentences as Russia’s weapon against religious independence in occupied Crimea

The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has condemned Russia’s persecution of four Crimean Tatars, including the head of an independent religious community in Alushta, and has declared all four men to be political prisoners | detail

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Crimean Tatar political prisoner Timur Ibragimov in court: I did not invade another country’s territory and terrorize its people

In his final address to the Russian court that sentenced him on 16 September 2020 to 17 years for no crime, Crimean Solidarity civic journalist Timur Ibragimov gave a searingly blunt assessment of Russia’s persecution of him and other dissidents in occupied Crimea | detail

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Mother of Crimean Tatar prisoner of conscience prosecuted for solitary picket in his defence

The Russian-controlled police in occupied Crimea have initiated administrative proceedings against Venera Mustafayeva after she stood on the street alone, with a placard reading “Conversations in a mosque are not a crime – bring back my son” | detail

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Russia sentences 19 men to over 300 years’ imprisonment without any crime

The ruling is a shocking travesty of justice and one that Ukraine should not ignore, as Russia is staging the same fatally flawed ‘trials’ in occupied Crimea | detail

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Russia will imprison all Crimean Solidarity journalists & activists if Ukrainians and the West let it

Any silence from western countries, the Ukrainian Diaspora and from human rights and journalist organizations will be taken by Russia as a carte blanche for further persecution. | detail

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Russia sentences Seiran Saliyev to 16 years on same political charges as his great-grandfather in Soviet times

A Russian court on 16 September 2020 sentenced Crimean Tatar civic journalist Seiran Saliyev to 16 years’ imprisonment on an identical charge to that used by the Soviet regime against his great-grandfather. | detail

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Acquittal and monstrous sentences in Russia’s offensive against Crimean Tatar civic journalists & activists

f Russia was hoping through the wonderful acquittal of Ernes Ametov to prove that these are real ‘trials’ before independent courts, there is no chance. All eight civic journalists and activists have long been recognized as political prisoners, and all should have been acquitted. | detail

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State honour in Ukraine as Russia prepares horrific sentence against Crimean Solidarity Coordinator

I don’t want my children, my people to live in a country of threats and intimidation; of humiliation and torture; of abductions and illegal arrests; of aggression and repression. I know that everyone is against all of that, against what is happening in Crimea - Server Mustafayev | detail

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Russia uses Ukrainian turncoat & fugitive from justice to seek 146 years’ imprisonment for Crimean Tatar activists

The prosecution’s case is essentially based on the testimony of a Ukrainian turncoat, now working for the Russian FSB; two secret witnesses whose identity and motives for testifying are known and the ‘expert assessments’ of three people with no expert knowledge of the subject. | detail

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Imprisoned Crimean Tatar human rights defender thrown in punishment cell for asking a question

Russia is illegally holding Emir-Usein Kuku and four other Ukrainian prisoners of conscience thousands of kilometres from their homes, and in conditions that are freezing for men accustomed to the warm climate of Crimea | detail

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Russia uses multiple clone trials to hide mass operation against Crimean Tatar human rights movement

The real aim of five clone trials is almost certainly to deflect attention from Russia’s most brazen attack to date on Crimean Tatar civic journalists and activists informing the world about violations in occupied Crimea and helping the victims of persecution | detail

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Russia hides Crimean Tatar prisoner of conscience suffering from Covid-19

A week has passed since Muslim Aliev’s family learned that the Ukrainian political prisoner and Amnesty International prisoner of conscience was suffering from coronavirus, and they have no idea even where he is being held | detail

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Crimean Tatar civic activist could face life sentence for retracting ‘confession’ given under torture

Crimean Solidarity activist and political prisoner, Rayim Aivazov has had the charges against him significantly increased , just as the Russian ‘investigators’ threatened when Aivazov retracted a confession which they had extracted through torture | detail

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