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07.10.2016

Ukrainian journalist’s arrest a chilling warning to stay away from Russia

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has echoed earlier warnings from human rights groups and advised Ukrainian nationals to not visit Russia. The advice came three days after journalist Roman Sushchenko became the latest Ukrainian to be seized, held incommunicado and accused of mystery ‘spying’. | detail

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03.10.2016

Ukrainian journalist seized in Russia on mystery ‘spying’ charges

Ukrinform has reacted with outrage to the detention in Moscow of its journalist Roman Sushchenko, and to the fact that his whereabouts and the supposed ‘spying charges’ were learned about from the Russian media. It believes this to be the latest act of deliberate provocation by Russia against Ukrainians | detail

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27.09.2016

Russia brings Stalin era denunciations to occupied Crimea

Political prisoners, punitive psychiatry, censorship and a Stalinist-era culture of denunciations, this is what Russia brought with its invasion and annexation of Crimea. Fear of being reported to the occupation authorities by neighbours or colleagues had long been a reality. Now one Yalta lawyer has been ‘denounced’ by local council members, including somebody he had considered a friend for 20 years | detail

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23.09.2016

No Mercy for Crimean Journalist Facing 5-Year Sentence for Opposing Russian Occupation

Mykola Semena, a 66-year-old Crimean journalist has been refused permission to travel to Kyiv for an urgently needed operation following a spinal injury. Without the operation, Semena could face irreparable damage to his health, making him an invalid. | detail

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23.09.2016

Pro-Russian propagandist Graham Phillips should be delighted by the calls to take away his passport

However reprehensible pro-Russian propagandist Graham Phillips’ behaviour is, the calls to strip him of his travel documents seem misguided, which is probably why Russian propaganda media are eagerly reporting them. It is authoritarian states who restrict their own citizens from travelling abroad | detail

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22.09.2016

Crimean activist fined for ‘extremist post’ 4 YEARS before Russian annexation

It seems any pretext will do in Russian-occupied Crimea to prosecute civic activists. A court on Sept. 20 fined Alexei Shestakovych 1, 000 roubles for a video he reposted 4 years before Russia invaded and occupied Crimea. Another court rejected his appeal against a 20-thousand rouble fine for a totally peaceful picket in defence of political prisoners | detail

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21.09.2016

Not in Our Name: Journalist NGOs Should Condemn Propagandist Graham Phillips’ Torture Stunt

At a human level, it is impossible to understand somebody accosting a person maimed and blinded and telling him that he’s useless, a zombie whom nobody needs. When that individual, Briton Graham Phillips, claims to be acting as a ‘journalist’, such behaviour needs a clear response from the journalist community. | detail

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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

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