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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

Visits 2154
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 3818
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

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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

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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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01.06.2016

Crimean Tatar journalist accused of ’extremism’ & incitement for call to help children

Lilia Budzhurova has received a formal warning of “the inadmissibility of extremist activities” 6 days after writing a moving appeal to show solidarity and support for children whose fathers are in custody in Russian-occupied Crimea on fabricated charges | detail

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25.05.2016

Ukrainian journalist who twice confronted Putin targeted by Myrotvorets Centre vigilantes

Instead of closing down as promised after a previous scandal, the contentious Myrotvorets website has published a new list, this time ‘exposing’ journalists working in Russia. Those it accuses of ’collaboration’ include UNIAN’s Roman Tsymbalyuk who has for two years running asked extremely hard-hitting questions of Vladimir Putin about Russia’s aggression against Ukraine | detail

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17.05.2016

KHPG Statement on the Events Linked with the ‘Myrotvorets’ Site

The publication on the Myrotvorets site of information about people who had received ‘accreditation from the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DNR] aroused heated debate in Ukraine regarding the legitimacy of the move and the invasion into the privacy of the people whose information was posted | detail

Visits 990
13.05.2016

Ukrainian blogger gets long sentence for expressing contentious views

Ruslan Kotsaba, a controversial Ivano-Frankivsk journalist and blogger, has been convicted of obstructing the legitimate activities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces by producing a video in which he set out his opposition to mobilization. The Ivano-Frankivsk court did, however, acquit him of the more serious, and absurd, charge of ‘state treason’ | detail

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