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10.03.2017

Ukrainian jailed as a ‘terrorist’ in Russian-occupied Crimea for converting to Islam

If 2 men arrested on Feb 11, 2016 were probably targeted for their human rights or civic activism, it is likely that Vadim Siruk was arrested as an ethnic Ukrainian convert to Islam. Lawyers representing the ever-increasing number of political prisoners in Russian-occupied Crimea have long noted a clear pattern: Devout Muslims are accused of ‘terrorism’; other Ukrainians – of ‘extremism’. | detail

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06.03.2017

Crimean Tatar faces 15-year sentence because Russia’s FSB wants good paperwork

The retrial is underway in Russia of a Crimean Tatar whose 7-year prison sentence for alleged involvement in a peaceful organization that is legal in Ukraine was challenged as too light. There was no evidence against Ruslan Zeitullaev, and remains none, but he is likely to get a minimum 15-year sentence to to save the FSB being asked uncomfortable questions. | detail

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13.02.2017

Russia invents ‘terrorism’ and fights children in occupied Crimea

It is a year since the multiple armed searches of at least 11 homes in Russian-occupied Crimea and arrests of four men, including a human rights activist monitoring rights abuses under occupation. The four men remain imprisoned, facing absurd charges, and in at least one case, their children have been terrorized by the FSB. | detail

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27.01.2017

Russia uses repression to remove witnesses to illegal arrests in occupied Crimea

Russia is continuing to use docile judges in occupied Crimea to impose unwarranted penalties on Crimean Tatars for entirely peaceful demonstrations of solidarity with families facing armed searches and arrests | detail

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20.01.2017

Russia Invades Crimea, Then Charges Ukrainians with ‘Violent Seizure of Power’

Russia is already holding Crimean Muslims in detention for unproven involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine. It has now begun adding the charge of ‘attempting violent seizure of power in Russia’ with this carrying a near-guaranteed increase in sentence of from 12 to 20 years. . | detail

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02.01.2017

Crimean Tatar leader added to Russian List of ‘Terrorists & Extremists’ for Opposing Annexation

Russia has added Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov to its notoriously long list of so-called ‘Terrorists and Extremists’ for saying, as do all democratic states, that Russia should be made to leave Crimea. With its customary contempt for presumption of innocence, it has also added all 19 Crimean Muslims whom it is holding in custody and charging with unproven involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine. | detail

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28.12.2016

Russia’s terror grip on Crimea tightens with new ruling on 4 Crimean Tatar political prisoners

On Dec 27, Russia’s Supreme Court allowed the prosecutor’s appeal against Ruslan Zeitullayev’s 7-year sentence (as opposed to the 17-year sentence demanded) and sent the ‘case’ for retrial. The Court rejected the appeals brought by Ferat Saifullayev; Rustem Vaitov and Nuri Primov against their 5-year sentences. | detail

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23.12.2016

Crimean political prisoners tortured on the way to court in Russian occupied Crimea

At least one of the Crimean Muslims facing fabricated ‘terrorism’ charges under Russian occupation has reported being tortured and threatened when brought to court hearings and a lawyer reports that FSB special force officers are present and used as a menacing threat when the men are taken to see the investigator. | detail

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12.12.2016

Crimean Tatar rights activist placed in psychiatric clinic on eve of Human Rights Day

Emir-Huseyn Kuku, a human rights activist imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea on gravely flawed charges has been placed in a psychiatric clinic. This is purportedly for a ‘psychiatric assessment’, but the lack of any grounds and forced hospitalization make charges of punitive psychiatry in his case and that of five other prisoners arrested with him warranted. | detail

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06.12.2016

Ukrainian Muslims join in affirmation of unity and support for Ukraine

The Charter of Muslims of Ukraine and its affirmation of support for Ukraine’s unity are especially vital given the challenges brought by Russia’s occupation of Crimea and military conflict in Donbas. | detail

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18.11.2016

Jailed & now subjected to punitive psychiatry for being Muslim in Russian-occupied Crimea

Muslim Aliev, a Crimean Tatar held in detention since armed and masked men burst into his home, terrifying his children, in February this year, has now been forcibly placed in a psychiatric clinic in Simferopol. There are fears that he and other political prisoners will face undisclosed ‘psychiatric treatment’. | detail

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04.11.2016

Russia uses punitive psychiatry against more Crimean political prisoners

After placing Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov’s life in danger through effective imprisonment in a psychiatric institution, the Russian FSB in occupied Crimea are now planning forced ‘psychiatric assessments’ of Crimean Tatar human rights activist Emir-Huseyn Kuku and five other Crimean Muslims. Their lawyers have condemned the move as unacceptable pressure on the men. | detail

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25.10.2016

Russia invades Crimea then jails Crimean Tatars, other Ukrainians for ‘terrorism’

The abductions, disappearances, politically motivated trials seen in Crimea since Russia’s invasion have long been a bitter reality in the Russian Federation. Some seem particularly cynical from a regime which seized control through the use of armed soldiers without insignia and lawless paramilitaries | detail

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20.10.2016

Head of Beleaguered Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea detained after informing PACE of rights abuses

Archbishop Kliment, the Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Kyiv Patriarchate in Crimea, was detained on Oct 19. He was released this time but fears that Russia may be planning to ban him from occupied Crimea as it has Mustafa Dzhemliev and others | detail

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13.10.2016

New wave of Crimean Tatar arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea

Five more Crimean Tatars are in custody in Russian-occupied Crimea accused of involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine. The five men are all devout Muslims and some at least have this year or last taken part in the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Under Russian occupation, no more appears to be needed to face imprisonment on concocted ‘terrorism’ charges. | detail

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26.09.2016

Prosecutor demands harsher sentence for Crimean Tatar political prisoner

There are absolutely no grounds, but the case against Ruslan Zeitullayev; Ferat Saifullayev; Rustem Vaitov and Nuri Primov now looks bad for the prosecutor, since even the court in Rostov could not ignore the lack of any evidence to back the charges and passed the minimum sentences possible. | detail

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15.09.2016

Important victory for religious freedom (and common sense) in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has declared unconstitutional the demand that permission be received from the local authorities for holding public religious events. The requirement was discriminatory and illogical since Ukraine’s Constitution requires only that people notify of plans to hold a peaceful gathering | detail

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08.09.2016

Crimean Tatars sentenced for kitchen chat in Russian-occupied Crimean ‘conveyor belt trial’

The sentences could have been much worse which is the only positive thing to say about the conviction on Wednesday of four Crimean Tatars on trumped up charges. The men’s defiant T-shirts and taped mouths said it all. | detail

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07.09.2016

Russia stages new armed ’mask show’ in Crimean Mosque

For the third time since Russia’s invasion of Crimea, an armed ‘search’ has been carried out of the Mosque / Muslim Cultural Centre Sozidanye [Creation] in Simferopol. As on previous occasions, the armed men in masks were on the hunt for ‘prohibited literature’, and, conveniently, ‘found’ it – this time with insulting disregard for Muslim practice, near a toilet. | detail

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05.09.2016

Silence on Critical Verdict Will Free Kremlin Hand for More Repression in Crimea

Russia is already imprisoning 14 Crimean Muslims, almost all Crimean Tatars, on trumped-up charges. Without international protest, that number is certain to rise, with Russia as occupier of Crimea using such conveyor-belt prosecutions to imprison rights activists or others who take a strong civic position | detail

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