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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

Visits 3230
25.10.2016

Russia invades Crimea then jails Crimean Tatars, other Ukrainians for ‘terrorism’

The abductions, disappearances, politically motivated trials seen in Crimea since Russia’s invasion have long been a bitter reality in the Russian Federation. Some seem particularly cynical from a regime which seized control through the use of armed soldiers without insignia and lawless paramilitaries | detail

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20.10.2016

Head of Beleaguered Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea detained after informing PACE of rights abuses

Archbishop Kliment, the Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Kyiv Patriarchate in Crimea, was detained on Oct 19. He was released this time but fears that Russia may be planning to ban him from occupied Crimea as it has Mustafa Dzhemliev and others | detail

Visits 7777
13.10.2016

New wave of Crimean Tatar arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea

Five more Crimean Tatars are in custody in Russian-occupied Crimea accused of involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine. The five men are all devout Muslims and some at least have this year or last taken part in the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Under Russian occupation, no more appears to be needed to face imprisonment on concocted ‘terrorism’ charges. | detail

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26.09.2016

Prosecutor demands harsher sentence for Crimean Tatar political prisoner

There are absolutely no grounds, but the case against Ruslan Zeytullaev; Ferat Saifullayev; Rustem Vaitov and Nuri Primov now looks bad for the prosecutor, since even the court in Rostov could not ignore the lack of any evidence to back the charges and passed the minimum sentences possible. | detail

Visits 2374
15.09.2016

Important victory for religious freedom (and common sense) in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has declared unconstitutional the demand that permission be received from the local authorities for holding public religious events. The requirement was discriminatory and illogical since Ukraine’s Constitution requires only that people notify of plans to hold a peaceful gathering | detail

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08.09.2016

Crimean Tatars sentenced for kitchen chat in Russian-occupied Crimean ‘conveyor belt trial’

The sentences could have been much worse which is the only positive thing to say about the conviction on Wednesday of four Crimean Tatars on trumped up charges. The men’s defiant T-shirts and taped mouths said it all. | detail

Visits 5094
07.09.2016

Russia stages new armed ’mask show’ in Crimean Mosque

For the third time since Russia’s invasion of Crimea, an armed ‘search’ has been carried out of the Mosque / Muslim Cultural Centre Sozidanye [Creation] in Simferopol. As on previous occasions, the armed men in masks were on the hunt for ‘prohibited literature’, and, conveniently, ‘found’ it – this time with insulting disregard for Muslim practice, near a toilet. | detail

Visits 2324
05.09.2016

Silence on Critical Verdict Will Free Kremlin Hand for More Repression in Crimea

Russia is already imprisoning 14 Crimean Muslims, almost all Crimean Tatars, on trumped-up charges. Without international protest, that number is certain to rise, with Russia as occupier of Crimea using such conveyor-belt prosecutions to imprison rights activists or others who take a strong civic position | detail

Visits 3562
31.08.2016

Jailed Crimean Tatar rights activist’s lawyer banned from Russian-occupied Crimea

The FSB must view telling the truth as a threat to Russia’s national security since there were no other grounds for banning Yevhenia Zakrevska. She is representing Emir-Huseyn Kuku whom the FSB first tried to ‘recruit’, then abduct, and are now holding in prison on trumped-up charges | detail

Visits 2522
26.08.2016

Russian prosecutor demands long sentences for 4 Crimean Tatar political prisoners

The ‘trial’ is ending in Rostov [Russia] of four Crimean Muslims from Sevastopol, who are accused by the Russian occupiers of involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine. The prosecutor has demanded sentences of from 7 to 17 years. | detail

Visits 2995
16.08.2016

Collective prayer in Russian-Occupied Crimea could be banned as ‘extremist’

Crimean Imams have been warned that traditional prayer rituals at the homes of Crimean Muslims could fall under Russia’s new draconian ‘anti-extremism’ laws and be effectively prohibited. Such a new repressive move under Russian occupation has thus far only been hinted at, however the warning seems clear | detail

Visits 1591
09.08.2016

Russia’s Crimean Political Prisoners: Rustem Vaitov

Rustem Vaitov, a recognized political prisoner, is facing a 10-year sentence in a trial which Russia is using as part of its policy of intimidation and terror in occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 1791
09.08.2016

Russia’s Crimean Political Prisoners - Ferat Saifullaev

Ferat Saifullaev is facing a 10-year sentence for alleged involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine. Russia is using such trials as part of its policy of intimidation and terror in occupied Crimea, and there is also evidence that the men’s arrest may be revenge by a former Ukrainian SBU officer who betrayed his oath and is now serving in the FSB. | detail

Visits 1889
09.08.2016

Russia’s Crimean Political Prisoners – Nuri Primov

Nuri Primov is the oldest of four Crimean Muslims now on trial in Rostov (Russia) accused of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organisation which is legal in Ukraine, but which Russia has declared ‘terrorist’ without ever providing any grounds. | detail

Visits 1621
04.08.2016

Terror on a Conveyor Belt in Russian-occupied Crimea

The 14 Crimean Muslims now facing huge sentences in Russian-occupied Crimea for unproven involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine include rights activists or people active in their communities, and the prosecutions seem clearly intended as a form of intimidation. | detail

Visits 3681
04.08.2016

Psychological Torture against Crimean Political Prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev

Ruslan Zeytullaev, a recognized political prisoner, is facing a life sentence in a trial which Russia is using as part of its policy of intimidation and terror in occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 2371
27.07.2016

Jailed Crimean human rights activist isolated as ‘dangerous’ prisoner

Crimean Tatar lawyer and rights activist Emir-Huseyn Kuku and two other Crimean Muslims - Vadim Siruk and Refat Alimov - who are all in custody on concocted charges have been placed on a so-called ‘prophylactic register for dangerous remand prisoners’ and moved to a special unit | detail

Visits 2204
27.07.2016

An Orthodox Procession with Political Aims?

As believers arrive in Kyiv, views remain sharply divided on both the controversial religious procession organized by the Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate and how the Ukrainian authorities should have dealt with it. | detail

Visits 3315
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