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20.07.2017

Crimean Tatar jailed for Facebook reposts critical of Russian occupation of Crimea

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced Emil Minasov to one year and three months’ imprisonment for supposed ‘incitement to enmity’ on Facebook. This appears to be how the FSB – and judge Anna Klimova – chose to view posts or reposts critical of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. | detail

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17.07.2017

Donbas militants admit to holding journalist Stanyslav Aseyev prisoner for "spying"

Days after the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] declared journalist Stanyslav Aseyev ‘missing’, and six weeks after he disappeared, the militants have admitted to holding him prisoner and claim to suspect him of ‘spying’.. | detail

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15.07.2017

Ukrainian legislators propose scary Russia style restrictions on freedom of expression

Media and human rights groups have reacted with alarm to two draft bills which, in the name of protecting national security, propose some seriously disturbing restrictions which are reminiscent of those applied in Russia. They have called on the authors of the two bills to withdraw them, and point out that democracy is impossible in any countries whose authorities arbitrarily restrict freedom of expression | detail

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14.07.2017

Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov faces 5-year sentence over FSB rigged translation

At least one of the mistakes in the faulty translation of Ilmi Umerov’s interview in Crimean Tatar was almost certainly a deliberate distortion to enable charges under Article 280.1, the 2014 addition to the criminal code increasingly used against critics of Russia’s occupation of Crimea | detail

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13.07.2017

CPJ slams Ukrainian investigation into journalist Pavel Sheremet’s killing

The Committee to Protect Journalists has published a report which is highly critical of Ukraine’s investigation into the killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet | detail

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12.07.2017

Crimean Tatar activist abducted for solidarity, fined for ‘threatening the police’

A Simferopol court under Russian occupation has fined Bilyal Adilov 10 thousand roubles in the latest move against civic activists coming out in peaceful solidarity with neighbours or other Crimean Tatars facing armed searches and arrest | detail

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11.07.2017

FSB "expert" finds UN & OSCE guilty of calls to violate Russian territorial integrity

Russia’s security service [FSB] has clearly become accustomed to using a combination of puppet ‘lawyers’ and torture to obtain ‘confessions’ before most of its extremism cases hit the court. This is not working in Crimea under Russian occupation, with defendants like journalist Mykola Semena, Crimean Tatar leaders Ilmi Umerov, Akhtem Chiygoz and their defence lawyers pointing to staggering depths of shoddy incompetence. | detail

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06.07.2017

Russia’s trial of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov chokes on hilariously inept lies

With Russia having first invaded Crimea, then set to putting those who object on trial for ‘separatism’, the ‘acquittal’ of Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov seems most improbable. Moscow will surely find ‘judges’ ready to provide the required sentence. What it cannot achieve is any passable imitation of a trial, with this becoming clearer with every court hearing. | detail

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03.07.2017

French court orders journalist to retract the truth about grossly misleading Moreira film on Ukraine

Paul Moreira, the author of a French film that falsely calls a tragic fire in Odesa a ‘massacre’ and presents an equally distorted picture of Euromaidan and Russia’s annexation of Crimea, has won a defamation suit against freelance Ukrainian journalist, Anna Chesanovska-Jaillard | detail

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26.06.2017

Ukrainian activist forced to flee FSB persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea

Natalya Kharchenko, a blogger and the mother of two small children has been forced to leave her home in Crimea under Russian occupation or become the latest Ukrainian to be charged with ‘separatism’ for her pro-Ukrainian position | detail

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23.06.2017

Ukraine’s Security Service plans laws to criminalize ‘propaganda’ & fight pro-Russian fifth column

Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] has set up a special page on Facebook where citizens can effectively denounce their fellow Ukrainians for lack of patriotism. This is all supposed to be part of civic involvement in drawing up amendments to legislation to ensure liability for those involvement in “hybrid warfare serving the Russian aggressor | detail

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22.06.2017

Russian FSB ‘Expert’ in trial of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov doesn’t know the language

The trial of Ilmi Umerov for saying only what the UN and international community says about Russia’s occupation of Crimea was always going to seem grotesquely Kafkaesque. It has now transpired that Russia did not even (or could not) find an ‘expert’ willing to give testimony against the Crimean Tatar leader who actually knew Crimean Tatar. | detail

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22.06.2017

Donbas militants reported to be using torture to get ‘confession’ from seized journalist

The Kremlin-backed militants who have seized Stanyslav Aseyev (Vasin) are believed to be using torture to extract a ‘confession’ from the 27-year-old freelance journalist, and to be putting severe pressure on his mother. | detail

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15.06.2017

Russia is shooting itself in the foot by its trial of journalist in occupied Crimea

By staging show trials aimed at silencing opposition to annexation, Russia has drawn attention to the fact that its own legislation indicts Russian President Vladimir Putin and all those who helped him invade another country’s territory. | detail

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13.06.2017

Invasion of Crimea & war against Ukraine lead to prison and attack on free speech in Russia

Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014 has not just led to grave human rights abuses on the occupied peninsula. One of the victims of Moscow’s invasion and ongoing aggression against Ukraine, a new study points out, has been freedom of speech in Russia itself | detail

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08.06.2017

’Judge’ in Soviet-style trial of Crimean Tatar leader is wanted by Ukraine for treason

The first hearing on ‘the merits’ of the case against Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov has ended without any trace of merits visible. It was clear that the prosecution had amassed a vast amount of irrelevant documents and witness testimony so as to conceal the lack of any evidence, while attempting to present the semblance of a trial. | detail

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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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05.06.2017

Crimean Tatar activist prosecuted for Facebook birthday greeting to Mustafa Dzhemilev

Rustem Mennanov has become the latest Crimean Tatar to be fined or jailed for innocuous social network posts. Such prosecutions are often pretexts for persecution, but also a form of intimidation and warning that even posts from years before Russia’s invasion of Crimea will be used for repressive purposes. | detail

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02.06.2017

Court revokes acquittal of controversial Ukrainian journalist & first post-Maidan prisoner of conscience

The acquittal in July 2016 of Ukrainian blogger and journalist Ruslan Kotsaba on charges of obstructing Ukraine’s Armed Services has been revoked and the case sent back for a new court hearing | detail

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01.06.2017

Kremlin muffles question to Macron & Putin about jailed Ukrainian journalist

The Kremlin’s record of questions put to the Presidents of France and Russia at their joint May 30 press conference omits any message of imprisoned Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko. Human rights are also given a wide berth although they were also certainly raised at question-time. | detail

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