Ukraine carries out Russian-style raid of Islamic Cultural Centre

Said Ismagilov, Mufti of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine, has accused Ukraine’s enforcement bodies of multiple infringements during an early-morning search of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Kyiv.  Ukraine is using methods, he says, which are disturbingly similar to those applied in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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Russia condemned for launching ‘machine of wholesale persecution’ in occupied Crimea

On the eve of his 47th birthday, his third in Russian captivity, Crimean Tatar father of four, Muslim Aliev has been declared a political prisoner, together with five other Crimean Muslims, now on trial in Russia.  The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has given a devastating analysis of the charges Aliev, human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku; Refat Alimov; Enver Bekirov; Arsen Dzhepparov; and Vadim Siruk are facing, and the machine for wholesale persecutions which Russia is now illegally using in occupied Crimea.  | detail

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Crimean Tatar prosecuted in Russian-occupied Crimea for trying to see her political prisoner husband

Fera Abdullaeva has been fined by a court in Russian-occupied Crimea for trying to stand where she could see her political prisoner husband Uzeir Abdullaev as he was brought to yet another closed detention hearing on December 8, 2017.  There are no grounds for holding these ‘court’ detention hearings behind closed doors, and none either for the prosecution of the young Crimean Tatar woman . | detail

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Profoundly cynical trial begins of Crimean Tatar human rights activist and five other Crimean Muslims

The men are facing sentences of 15 years or more on unproven charges of involvement in a peaceful organization which is legal in Ukraine. Amnesty International has declared human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku a prisoner of conscience, however the same applies to all six men who are imprisoned for their faith, and in some cases because of their civic position or out of revenge for their refusal to collaborate with Russia’s FSB. | detail

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Russia backed Luhansk ‘republic’ bans Jehovah’s Witnesses and other ‘non-traditional’ faiths

The self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] has yet again followed Russia’s lead, this time by banning the Jehovah’s Witnesses, calling them and other banned faiths ‘religious groups’.  The move comes just days after the Kremlin-backed ‘LPR parliament’ passed several ‘laws’, including one aimed at hunting down and prohibiting so-called extremism in religious or political organizations, as well as in the media.  . | detail

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Another Missed Opportunity: Russia Evades Designation for Religious Repression

More than ever, USCIRF believes that the United States should take a stand for the religious minorities that Russia is oppressing in Russia, as well as in Crimea and the Russian-occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk. The commissioners strongly recommend that Russia be designated a Country of Particular Concern for its severe religious freedom violations | detail

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Russia-backed ‘Cossack’ fighters take oath in Moscow Patriarchate church to fight against the Ukrainian ‘enemy’

Around 40 ’Cossack’ fighters from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [‘LPR’] have attended a ceremony in an Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate,claiming that it gives them “the right with rifle in hand to defend the republic”. The event on 27 January is not the first time that Moscow Patriarchate churches and their clergy are seen taking a clear and highly contentious position in the Kremlin-backed conflict in Donbas.. | detail

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Three years since Russia began its persecution on fake ‘terrorism’ charges of Crimean Muslims

It is exactly three years since the first FSB arrests of Crimean Muslims on fabricated ‘terrorism’ charges | detail

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Crimean political prisoner beaten in Russia for reporting brutal treatment

Ukrainian political prisoner Vadim Siruk has been beaten up by Russian OMON police just a week after lawyers received reports that he and human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku had been subjected to torture. Siruk, Kuku and four other Crimean Muslims are being taken ‘for trial’ to Rostov in Russia, with such journeys often used as a way of putting pressure on prisoners.  | detail

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Russian FSB “make their careers” by jailing Crimean Muslims on fake ’terrorism’ & ’extremism’ charges

For FSB officers in Russian-occupied Crimea, armed searches, arrests and imprisonment of Ukrainian Muslims are the road to career success.  According to human rights expert, Vitaly Ponomaryov, Russia has used anti-extremism legislation to launch “a conveyor belt of political repression where you can be sentenced on the basis of spurious cases which have little in common with reality”. | detail

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Our letters help keep Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners out of danger

Moscow is holding over 60 Ukrainian political prisoners in occupied Crimea and Russia, with many. like Oleg Sentsov and Ruslan Zeytullaev, held thousands of kilometres from their children.  Every letter sent to them is “a breath of freedom”, civic activists stress.  It is also an important message to the Kremlin that the men are not forgotten, with this having very direct impact on their treatment. | detail

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Ukrainian judge blocks pension for severely disabled son of religious scholar held hostage in Donbas

Almost two years after renowned academic Ihor Kozlovskyy was seized by militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’, a judge in Kyiv has demanded that he be summoned to court before agreeing to reinstate his paralyzed son Slava’s pension.  The fact that his family is seeking to make Slava’s mother a second guardian because his father is in captivity was “of no interest” to judge Lyudmila Kizyun.. | detail

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Russia set to begin its latest Crimean trial on ethnic and religious grounds

Safiye Kuku spent her 7th birthday outside a Crimean court on December 4 hoping in vain to see her father, human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku. At this last detention hearing before Kuku and five other men are taken to Russia for ‘trial’, the men’s wives and mothers were allowed to be present, but not the children. | detail

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Number of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners rises well above 60

The Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners were waited for in vain at countless airports throughout the world on November 26. There are now well over 60 known prisoners, held on spurious charges, and the number has risen alarmingly over recent months. | detail

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FSB use power outage as pretext to detain Crimean Tatars

Several Crimean Tatars are known to have been illegally detained, including the brother of imprisoned human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku.   | detail

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Prison staff steal all food from Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev

Ruslan is being held in a notorious prison in Bashkiria and asks people to keep writing to him and to other political prisoners. The letters give them moral support, show them that they’re not forgotten. | detail

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Russia hunts ‘organizers’ of Crimean Tatar solitary pickets against repression

A number of Crimean Tatars who on October 14 held single-person pickets in protest at mounting repression have been summoned to the police for questioning.  The summonses, like the detention of 49 Crimean Tatar picketers on Saturday, are in breach even of Russian legislation, and there are fears that Russia may try to concoct criminal prosecution of some supposed ‘organizer’.  | detail

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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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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

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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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