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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
23.09.2019

Russia uses farcical police line-ups to imprison Crimean Tatar civic activists and journalists

As if the use of ‘secret witnesses’ giving unverifiable testimony were not enough, Russia’s FSB is using them to triumphantly ‘identify’ arrested Crimean Tatar activists from an identity parade (or police line-up) where the other men look quite different | detail

Visits 312
20.09.2019

Six Jehovah’s Witnesses get prison sentences in Russia for their faith

If the new sentences are upheld at appeal level, this will mark a worrying new escalation in religious persecution, with more imprisonments likely, both in Russia and in occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 1520
10.09.2019

Russia’s destruction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea hits unexpected hurdle

With Russia on the verge of destroying virtually the last remaining Ukrainian Orthodox Church place of worship in occupied Crimea, the UN Human Rights Committee has stepped in.  The Committee has applied its Rule 94 as an interim measures, and thus halted the eviction of the congregation from the Cathedral of Vladimir and Olga in the centre of Simferopol. | detail

Visits 735
02.09.2019

Russia uses primitive fake to imprison Crimean Tatar human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku

Computer ‘evidence’ presented by Russia’s FSB to back deeply flawed charges against Ukrainian human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku was created after Kuku was arrested on 11 February 2016 | detail

Visits 745
27.08.2019

Armed FSB plant ‘prohibited books’ to arrest Crimean Tatar activists and terrorize their children

Bilyal Adilov is regaining strength after refusing all food and drink for several days in protest at the intolerable conditions in the Rostov SIZO [remand prison] where he and 23 other Crimean Tatar activists are illegally imprisoned | detail

Visits 1031
19.08.2019

Ukraine may extradite Kyrgyz man facing the same flawed charges as Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners

Ukraine’s collaboration with the Kyrgyzstan authorities over Makhmudzhon Kholdarov would be especially incomprehensible as he is facing persecution on the same grounds as around 55 Ukrainian political prisoners arrested by the FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea. | detail

Visits 896
09.08.2019

Crimean Tatars sentenced to 12 and 17 years on ‘terrorist charges’ without being accused of a crime

Both the Memorial Human Rights Centre and Human Rights Watch point to Russia’s use of ‘terrorism’ charges without any terrorism as a weapon against Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 1349
30.07.2019

10 minutes per ‘trial’ in Russia’s conveyor belt of repression against Crimean Tatars

A Russian court on 29 July imposed fines on the first 18 of 46 Crimean Tatar activists detained in Moscow while standing outside the Supreme Court in solidarity with four Crimean Tatar political prisoners given huge sentences for no crime at all | detail

Visits 1166
25.07.2019

Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in occupied Crimea plundered and destroyed

Less than a month after the Russian occupation regime seized the main premises of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea, the inside of the building has been devastated and all Church items simply stolen | detail

Visits 3761
25.07.2019

Russia threatens criminal charges for not denouncing victims of its persecution

Fears that a new law criminalizing ‘non-denunciation’ would give Russia’s FSB a new weapon against victims of political or religious persecution and their families have proven well-founded | detail

Visits 1233
12.07.2019

Mass arrests as Russian ‘court’ confirms horrific sentences against 4 Crimean Tatar political prisoners

In yet another eerie echo from the Soviet past, around 50 Crimean Tatar activists were detained on 11 July in Moscow. as they stood outside Russia’s Supreme Court, peacefully demonstrating their support for four Crimean Tatar political prisoners sentenced to huge terms of imprisonment | detail

Visits 1181
09.07.2019

Protestants driven underground like in Soviet times in Russian proxy Donbas ‘republics’

It is five years since four members of an Evangelical Church in occupied Sloviansk were abducted by militants and murdered. Although the methods have changed since 2014, the basic policy of terror and persecution in the so-called ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics ‘ has not | detail

Visits 1657
01.07.2019

Russia seizes main Cathedral and centre of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in occupied Crimea

The Russian occupation regime in Crimea has made its plundering of the main Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea ‘official’ | detail

Visits 2099
19.06.2019

Five Crimean Tatars sentenced to 68 years for peacefully practising their faith in Russian-occupied Crimea

A Russian court has sentenced five Crimean Tatars to a total of 68 years, for no crime, just for alleged ‘involvement’ in a totally peaceful movement which is legal in Ukraine | detail

Visits 3392
13.06.2019

Ukrainian turncoat behind persecution of Crimean Tatar rights activist told by prosecutor what he ‘can’t remember’

Alexander Kompaneitsev, a former SBU officer who breached his oath to Ukraine and now works for Russia’s FSB, is known to have been directly behind a believed attempt to abduct Emir Usein Kuku and threats and torture of other political prisoners | detail

Visits 824
11.06.2019

Russia arrests & terrorizes entire Crimean Tatar families a day after denying persecution at International Court

The Russian FSB has carried out new armed searches and arrests of Crimean Tatars, with an elderly mother, whose second son has been taken from her, threatened with a pistol and told that the FSB will get around to shooting them all | detail

Visits 2587
07.06.2019

Russia comes for Jehovah’s Witnesses in occupied Crimea

New armed searches by FSB and special force officers have been carried out of the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses in occupied Sevastopol, with one man, Viktor Stashevsky, arrested and facing a possible 10-year sentence for his faith | detail

Visits 1149
29.05.2019

Russia uses wholesale arrests to try to crush Crimean Tatar human rights movement

A prominent human rights NGO has condemned the recent operation against Crimean Tatar activists and declared all 24 men political prisoners imprisoned for their civic position and human rights work | detail

Visits 1492
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 1027
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 2520
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