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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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27.06.2017

United by persecution, Crimean Tatars celebrate National Flag Day

Russia has miscalculated with its persecution of Crimean Tatars for their national flag, their faith and / or their opposition to Russian occupation of their homeland | detail

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23.06.2017

Crimean Tatars face 10-year sentences for refusal to testify against innocent men

How do you provide false testimony for Russia’s FSB against your own uncle, or against fellow Crimean Tatars, fellow Muslims, whom you don’t know? Refat Alimov and Arsen Dzhepparov categorically refused, and have paid with their liberty. Both men are also being denied urgently required medical treatment | detail

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20.06.2017

Crimean Jehovah’s Witnesses told to renounce their faith or serve in occupiers’ army

A Crimean Jehovah’s Witness has been ordered to provide ‘proof of change of faith’ in order to be eligible for alternative civilian service. Russia is already in grave breach of international humanitarian law by conscripting young men on illegally occupied Ukrainian territory, and is now adding open religious repression | detail

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07.06.2017

Why would INTERPOL & Ukraine help Russia seize another political prisoner?

Ildar Valiev, a Kazan Tatar has been placed in detention in Odesa because Russia wants to imprison him on identical charges to those it is using against 19 Crimean Muslims, four of whom have already been declared political prisoners. | detail

Visits 3001
06.06.2017

Russian TV uses Crimean Tatar political prisoner to claim Ukraine is "funding terrorism"

The Crimean Ukrainians imprisoned in occupied Crimea or Russia on fabricated ‘terrorist’ charges are increasingly used as part of Russia’s propaganda war against Ukraine. The latest, from REN-TV, has come up with scurrilous lies about recognized political prisoner Nuri Primov and a visit from the Ukrainian consul. | detail

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17.05.2017

Russia demands increase to 12-year sentence against Crimean Tatar political prisoner

It seems that Russia’s FSB are determined to get the 17-year sentence against Ruslan Zeytullaev they need for their paperwork, however many ‘trials’ are required. Meanwhile the 31-year-old father of three is again on hunger strike in protest at the 12-year sentence and ongoing persecution of Crimean Tatars | detail

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12.05.2017

How Russia fights religious ‘dissidents’ in occupied Crimea

Russia’s imprisonment of Muslim Aliev and 18 other Crimean Muslims on invented ‘terrorism’ charges may be less overtly political than the trial of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and other opponents of annexation. The aim, however, seems just as clearly to crush dissent, with those targeted also facing horrifically long prison sentences for nothing. . | detail

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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 Dzhemilev 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

Visits 4327
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

Visits 6486
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

Visits 3096
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

Visits 7215
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

Visits 9760
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

Visits 4526
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

Visits 1995
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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