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26.04.2017

Crimean Tatar Ruslan Zeytullaev gets 12-year sentence to meet Russian FSB quota

Russian judges have done what they’re told and sentenced Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev to 12 years’ maximum security because the FSB needed an ‘organizer’ for its paperwork. The retrial and this sentence are especially chilling since there are three other men charged under the same type of quota, and they face even harsher sentences. | detail

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24.04.2017

Jailed & refused urgently needed medical care for not collaborating with FSB

There are strong grounds for believing that Crimean Tatar political prisoner Arsen Dzhepparov has been in detention since April 2016 because of his refusal to act as an FSB informer. He is now being refused an urgently needed operation and is in a very bad state of health. This, his lawyer Dzhemil Temishev stresses, is no longer merely pressure on the young man, and can only be described as torture. | detail

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22.04.2017

Russian prosecutor demands 17 years for Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev

Looking gaunt and frail after 18 days without food, Ruslan Zeytullaev spoke from court on Friday, thanking all those Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians who have expressed their support, but refusing to end his hunger strike until the verdict is handed down | detail

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19.04.2017

Mustafa Dzhemiliev calls on Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev to end hunger strike

You cannot stir the conscience of those who have none. Primarily for that reason, Mustafa Dzhemiliev, veteran Crimean Tatar leader and former political prisoner, has called on Ruslan Zeytullaev to end his hunger strike. The Crimean Tatar political prisoner has been without food now for 15 days, and after over 2 years of imprisonment in appalling conditions, there are real grounds for concern. | detail

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18.04.2017

Crimean Tatar political prisoner punished in Russia for refusal to act as informer

Rustem Vaitov has been punished for refusing to inform on other prisoners and Russia is ignoring the European Court of Human Rights by imprisoning him, Ferat Saifullaev and Nuri Primov thousands of kilometres from their families. All of them have children | detail

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10.04.2017

Russia turns to closed courts for political prisoners in occupied Crimea

Courts in Russian-occupied Crimea have now begun banning relatives and friends from attending court hearings – the only chance many have of seeing the imprisoned men. Most incredibly, the FSB has now told a court that the men should remain in custody as they are recognized internationally as political prisoners! | detail

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05.04.2017

Crimean Tatar political prisoner declares hunger strike

Ruslan Zeytullaev, one of the first men tried for unproven involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine has demanded an end to persecution of his people, and announced a hunger strike until specific demands are met. Zeytullaev addressed his demands to the Russian military court in Rostov where he is currently being retried after his initial sentence was quashed as spoiling the FSB’s story | detail

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29.03.2017

From torture to solitary confinement for a letter in Crimean Tatar

Teymur Abdullaev, one of 19 Crimean Muslims held illegally in indefinite detention in Russian-occupied Crimea has been placed in a punishment cell for writing a letter to his family in Crimean Tatar. The guards considered that only Russian was acceptable. | detail

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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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