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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

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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 1424
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

Visits 1325
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 2545
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 469
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 2403
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

Visits 6939
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 5276
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 2356
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 1872
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 1900
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

Visits 2294
28.07.2017

Russia repeats ‘trial’ of Crimean Tatar political prisoner until judges give the right sentence

After three attempts. Russia’s FSB has obtained almost the 17-year sentence it demanded against Ruslan Zeytullaev, a 32-year-old father of three and recognized political prisoner. | detail

Visits 3026
28.07.2017

Russia’s Crimean Conveyor Belt of Repression: Rustem Vaitov

Crimean Tatar Rustem Vaitov, who turned 31 on July 28, is one of the first four Ukrainian Muslims to have been arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea and later sentenced by a Russian court to five years or more for unproven ‘involvement’ in the peaceful Hizb ut-Tahrir organization which is legal in Ukraine. | detail

Visits 3344
25.07.2017

Crimean Tatar political prisoner Zeytullaev faces increase in sentence to 17 years

A Russian Supreme Court appeal hearing in Moscow on July 27 could result in an innocent Ukrainian being sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment and it is of critical appearance that journalists and human rights organizations attend. . | detail

Visits 2593
21.07.2017

Crimean Tatar Ferat Saifullaev Imprisoned by Russia for Religious & Political Views

Ferat Saifullaev turns 34 on July 21, imprisoned in Russia, two and a half thousand kilometres from his wife and three children in Sevastopol, Crimea. He is one of 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 2594
07.07.2017

Imprisoned Crimean Tatar rights activist denied any visits from his family

Human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku has been held in custody in Russian-occupied Crimea for almost 18 months, and has not been allowed even one visit from his wife. If in the first months after Kuku and five other Ukrainian Muslims, all but one Crimean Tatar, were arrested, their wives and children might hope to see them during detention hearings, even this has now ended | detail

Visits 3767
04.07.2017

Russia puts Crimean Tatar political prisoner in punishment cell for six months

Ferat Saifullaev will be turning 34 on July 21, his third birthday in detention for his religious beliefs and political views. Please write to him, show him and Moscow that he is not forgotten! | detail

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