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13.09.2016

Ukraine’s Government Proposes to Ban Import of ‘anti-Ukrainian’ Books from Russia

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has tabled a draft law proposing that books imported from Russia be checked for any ‘anti-Ukrainian’ content. Similar measures earlier targeted specific books and elicited protest. The new draft bill seems more sweeping in its potential scope, and dangerously vague. | detail

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10.09.2016

Crimean savagely beaten for Ukrainian symbols faces ‘extremism’ charges

Ihor Movenko is in a Sevastopol hospital with severe injuries after being brutally beaten over the Ukrainian symbols and an Battalion sticker on his bike. It was Movenko who had his hands bound after the enforcement officers arrived, and he is now facing charges for so-called ‘extremism’. | detail

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06.09.2016

Crimean Journalist Faces Jail for Not Accepting Russian Annexation of Crimea

It takes serious gall to invade and seize another country’s territory and then prosecute citizens of the other country for ‘encroaching on your territory’. That is exactly what Russia is now doing in Crimea with its persecution of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov and journalist Mykola Semena. | detail

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05.09.2016

Dangerous & Senseless Arson Attack on TV Inter for ’pro-Russian Position’

Irresponsible protesters who attacked the offices of TV Inter on Sunday afternoon have done Ukraine no favours. Their actions were not just dangerous and unacceptable, but stupidly counter-productive, making the Interior Minister’s reference to his serious allegations against the channel seem ill-timed. | detail

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01.09.2016

Russia reinstates Soviet jamming to silence criticism of its occupation of Crimea

Russia’s censor has blocked the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre over a press conference given by the world-renowned Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev and others. In it they called for a civil blockade until Russia released Crimean political prisoners, stopped crushing freedom of speech, etc. Russia’s response has been to step up repression. | detail

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01.09.2016

Crimean Tatar fined in Russian-occupied Crimea for warning about repression

Seiran Saliev has lost his appeal against an absurd prosecution in Russian-occupied Crimea for simply informing other residents that armed searches were being carried out of Crimean Muslims’ homes. | detail

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31.08.2016

Elderly Pensioner Arrested by Kremlin-backed militants for a Ukrainian flag

73-year-old Anna Ivanivna Hrusha was first attacked, then manhandled by Kremlin-backed militants on Ukrainian Flag Day and held for many hours, facing threats and abuse. She has no intention of being cowered, saying that she is in her native homeland | detail

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29.08.2016

Ukrainian activist prosecuted in occupied Crimea for ’anti-Russian’ posts on Facebook

Larisa Kitaiska has been prohibited from leaving Crimea and formally charged with inciting hatred and enmity towards Russians over posts on Facebook which are claimed to be ‘Russophobic’. | detail

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22.08.2016

Grave Fears for Crimean Tatar leader in Psychiatric Clinic for Saying Russia must Leave Crimea

There has been a sharp deterioration in the health of 59-year-old Ilmi Umerov who has been forcibly placed in a psychiatric clinic in Russian-occupied Crimea despite the lack of any grounds for the criminal charges Russia has brought against him, or for the supposed ‘psychiatric assessment’. | detail

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12.08.2016

Punitive Psychiatry against Crimean Tatar leader for insisting Russia must leave Crimea

Ilmi Umerov is to be forcibly placed in a psychiatric hospital for an assessment with suspicion high that Russia is trying to declare him mentally unfit instead of jailing him for saying that Russia must be forced to leave Crimea and Donbas. . | detail

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08.08.2016

Russian tanks and a new crack-down on independent media in occupied Crimea

Further attempts to create an information blockade on Russian-occupied Crimea were followed this weekend by a block on the crossings between mainland Ukraine and Crimea, claims of Ukrainian ‘terrorist subversion’ and major deployment of heavy military equipment | detail

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05.08.2016

Crimean Tatar leader faces 5-year sentence for saying Russia must leave Crimea & Donbas

Russia’s prosecution of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov on ‘separatism’ charges for rejecting Russia’s occupation of Crimea is political persecution, the authoritative Memorial Human Rights Centre has stated. | detail

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21.07.2016

Pavel Sheremet: “You can’t be ready to be killed”

The above words, spoken about Pavel Sheremet’s friend Boris Nemtsov are bitterly poignant, as is so much else on a dark day, when the well-known and respected 44-year-old Belarusian journalist and former prisoner of conscience has himself been murdered. He died in Kyiv almost exactly two years after leaving Russian ORT in protest at the virulent warmongering propaganda against Ukraine. | detail

Visits 4176
15.07.2016

Controversial Ukrainian blogger / journalist Kotsaba freed after 18 months in prison

Ruslan Kotsaba, a controversial blogger and Ukraine’s first Amnesty International prisoner of conscience in 5 years, has had his conviction and 3.5-year sentence for supposed obstruction of the Ukrainian Armed Forces quashed. He was released in the courtroom after over 18 months held in detention | detail

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11.07.2016

Crimean journalist placed on Russian ’List of Terrorists & Extremists’ for an article

Disturbing details have emerged of the KGB-level surveillance used against Mykola Semena, the Crimean journalist charged with ‘public calls to violate Russia’s territorial integrity’ over a text supporting the Civic Blockade of Crimea. Semena has also been added to the Federal ‘List of Terrorists and Extremists’. | detail

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30.06.2016

Kremlin Donbas Proxies launch Russian-style ‘fight against Ukrainian extremism’

While Russia continues, without any credibility, to deny its undeclared war against Ukraine, the Kremlin’s proxies in Donbas are introducing measures to ‘combat the ideology of extremism and terrorism’ copied straight from the Russian original. | detail

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29.06.2016

Stark warning of Soviet-style dangers for Ukrainians visiting Crimea

Ukrainian volunteer Natalya Vashchenko advises any Ukrainians travelling to Russian-occupied Crimea to be extremely careful, to avoid any comments on social networks or unnecessary conversations. Her recent experiences with the FSB make her advice well-worth heeding | detail

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17.06.2016

Chief Editor of Last Independent Crimean Publication Arrested

Details have emerged, but very little clarity, regarding the arrest on June 14 of Alexei Salov, Chief Editor of the Internet publication Argumenty Nedeli – Krym – the last reasonably independent media source remaining in Russian-occupied Crimea. | detail

Visits 3336
09.06.2016

’Decommunization’ in Ukraine Carried Out Using Communist Methods

Ukrainian historian Georgiy Kasyanov is critical of the ‘decommunization laws’ signed into force a year ago. He points to the lack of public consensus and to the communist style in which an official narrative is being foisted on the public, with dissenting views literally outlawed. | detail

Visits 5489
08.06.2016

Putin makes it easier to brand any group in Russia or occupied Crimea a ‘foreign agent’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law widely believed to be aimed at destroying civil society altogether. Only corrupt public officials in Russia and Russian-occupied Crimea will be celebrating since the new definition of ‘political activity’ now in force makes it much harder to criticize them. | detail

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