Armed FSB descend on Crimean mosque, ’find’ ’extremist’ literature

Said Ismagilov, Mufti of the Muslims of Ukraine, reports that Thursday’s armed search on the Islamic Cultural Centre Mosque in Simferopol was the third such raid by the FSB and the second time that so-called prohibited literature was planted. | detail

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Ukraine is ahead of the EU in terms of religious tolerance, Ukraine’s Mufti says

Ukraine is unique, according to Said Ismagilov, Mufti of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine, and could share important experience with the rest of Europe since Muslims have been fully integrated into Ukrainian society for over a thousand years. | detail

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Ukrainian Orthodox Church may be forced to close in Russian-occupied Crimea

All Ukrainian Orthodox churches under the Kyiv Patriarchate could be forced to close from Jan 1, Archbishop Kliment of Simferopol and Crimea has warned. He says that all who miss Ukraine come to their churches, although it is dangerous to speak about politics, and even talking about a return of the good times can be viewed as seditious | detail

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Crimean Archbishop outraged by Patriarch’s call on Ukraine "to end persecution of believers"

Why was the Patriarch silent, he asks, when Orthodox churches of the Kyiv Patriarchate were seized in Crimea in 2014, “when they abducted and tortured my parishioners Andrei Shchekun, Anatoly Kovalsky, Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko and Oleksandr Kostenko?” | detail

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Muslims labelled ‘terrorists’ under Russian occupation

4 Crimean Tatars are imprisoned in Crimea facing heavy sentences for involvement in an organization that is legal in Ukraine and other countries, but which Russia has labelled ‘terrorist’. There is no evidence that any of the men committed any crime, nor indeed that one of the men is even a member of Hizb ut-Takhrir.  | detail

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Lviv Official loses her Post over Criticism of the Church’s Role

Iryna Mahdysh, Head of the Lviv Department of Culture, was forced to resign on Oct 7 after Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy made it clear he would not support her and ‘apologized’ for opinions she had expressed which offended many believers. | detail

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Crimean Muslims deprived first of their liberty, now of their lawyer

Three Muslims jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea since January on charges of involvement in the Hizb-ut-Tahrir movement which is banned as ‘terrorist’ in Russia and, but not in Ukraine (or in any other country) have now had their lawyer, Emil Kurbedinov, forcibly removed from the case. | detail

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Church: Ukrainians’ Religious and Cultural Rights under threat in Crimea

Archbishop Clement of Simferopol and Crimea (Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate) has issued an impassioned appeal on behalf of the Church and all Ukrainians in Crimea asking the UN, OSCE, EU countries, and especially those countries who once guaranteed Ukraine’s territorial integrity through the Budapest Memorandum, to defend the national, cultural and religious rights of all Ukrainian nationals in Crimea. | detail

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‘Russian World’ and Religious Persecution in Donbas

A recent report highlights widespread and systematic persecution of all religious groups except believers linked to the Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Donbas, and the role of Russia and its armed criminal ‘crusaders’ in mounting crimes against humanity in the region. | detail

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Faith under Fire and FSB Surveillance in Crimea

A year after Russia annexed Crimea, almost all faiths are experiencing serious pressure from the occupation regime, with the regulations on Russian re-registration and restrictions on Ukrainian nationals serving to drive many out and / or prevent them from functioning legally. | detail

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Ukrainian Churches are facing imminent ban in Crimea

As feared, the demand that religious communities re-register according to Russian legislation is being used as a weapon enabling an effective ban on Ukrainian churches and religious organizations functioning in Crimea. | detail

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Moscow’s blitzkrieg response over religious persecution in Crimea

Faced with the damning evidence of wide-scale religious persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea, Moscow, via Kremlin-loyal media, has attempted yet again to turn the truth upside down. The weight of facts is against them and they really should not bother. | detail

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All but one faith persecuted in occupied Crimea

"Who could have imagined that in the 21st century in the centre of Europe we would be seeing widespread repression unleashed on the basis of religion? (Said Ismagilov, Mufti of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine) | detail

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Head of a Roman Catholic church driven out of Crimea

As feared, it seems that the occupation regime’s demand that religious communities re-register according to Russian legislation is being used as a weapon to remove many churches that have long existed in the Crimea. | detail

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New Muftiat and Mosque Seizures as Divide and Rule in the Crimea?

The first pronouncements by the head of a new mufftiat formed in the Crimea and a scandalous mosque seizure have aroused suspicion that the moves are aimed at creating a schism among Crimean Muslims and weakening the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People which has consistently opposed Russia’s occupation of the Crimea. | detail

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Another Crimean school searched for ‘prohibited literature’

The boarding school for gifted children in the village of Tankove, Bakhchysarai district was subjected to a search on Tuesday | detail

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More armed searches of Crimean Tatar homes

In the latest hunt for non-existent ‘extremism’ carried out by Russia’s FSB and the Crimean occupation regime, law enforcement officers have carried out searches of s number of Crimean Tatar homes. The Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative body considers the searches a form of deliberate intimidation | detail

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Muslim school head fined for ‘extremist literature’ in Crimea

The Crimean prosecutor under Russian occupation has fined the director of a Dzhanoye district madrasa or religious school for possession of what it considers ‘extremist’ material | detail

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Russia’s FSB steps up its witch hunt for ‘extremists’ in Crimea

The director of a Crimean Muslim school is facing court proceedings for possessing books from Russia’s list of prohibited ‘extremist literature’. Under Russian occupation ‘extremism’ is increasingly becoming a weapon particularly aimed at Crimean Tatars | detail

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Ongoing harassment of ethnic Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars & others in Crimea

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has pointed to ongoing concerns, the imprisonment of Oleg Sentsov and three other activists; the banning of Refat Chubarov and Mustafa Dzhemiliev from their homeland; religious harassment; and much more, with none of its previous recommendations implemented | detail

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