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08.12.2016

Crimean Tatars ’tried’ & fined for solidarity with victims of persecution

Russia is extending repressive measures in occupied Crimea to target those who dare ask why when their compatriots are facing persecution | detail

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02.11.2016

Prosecuted under Russian occupation for honouring Victims of Crimean Tatar Deportation

Four young Crimean Tatars from Sudak have each been fined 20 thousand roubles in Russian-occupied Crimea over a peaceful act of remembrance for the victims of the 1944 Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People | detail

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15.09.2016

Important victory for religious freedom (and common sense) in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has declared unconstitutional the demand that permission be received from the local authorities for holding public religious events. The requirement was discriminatory and illogical since Ukraine’s Constitution requires only that people notify of plans to hold a peaceful gathering | detail

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26.07.2016

Move to sharply curtail peaceful gatherings in Russian-occupied Crimea

The number of places where in theory meetings can be held has halved throughout Crimea, while in some places, like Kerch, the restrictions are much more extreme. | detail

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21.07.2016

Judge who persecuted Maidan activists found to have done nothing wrong

The High Council of Justice has decided that Ludmila Kozyatnik, who was directly implicated in the persecution of Euromaidan activists, should not face dismissal from her judge’s post | detail

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18.07.2016

Large protest in occupied Horlivka against crippling militant ’taxes’

Attempts by Kremlin-backed militants in Horlivka to milk small business owners has prompted the first mass demonstration in the city since 2014. Over a thousand people, came out in protest against the militants’ methods for extracting money, demanding a system like what they had under Ukrainian government control. | detail

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04.07.2016

Crimean activist detained for defence of political prisoners Sentsov & Kolchenko

The organizer of a small picket calling for the release of, among others, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko was detained on Saturday in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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06.06.2016

Crimean peaceful protesters get violent awakening to Russian real world

Among the 50 or more Crimeans violently dispersed while trying to hold a peaceful protest on June 4 was one communist deputy who played an extremely active role in supporting Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea. | detail

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20.03.2016

Far-Right homophobic thugs attack LGBT Equality Festival in Lviv

The Equality Festival events planned for this weekend in Lviv have been disrupted and the activists effectively – and with violence – driven out of the city. The police did not detain any of the young far-right thugs in masks who first harassed activists, then surrounded the hotel and attacked a coach with Equality Festival activists. | detail

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08.12.2015

Prosecuted in Russian-occupied Crimea for photos with a Ukrainian flag

Iryna Kopylova. a pro-Ukrainian activist in Russian-occupied Crimea, is due in court on Dec 15 for having photographed herself with a Ukrainian flag. Veldar Shukurdzhiyev would be in court too, but the officer made a mistake on the protocol and is now trying to intimidate him into backdating a falsified version | detail

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16.10.2015

Ukrainians detained for ‘Extremism’ in Russian-occupied Crimea

Police and ‘anti-extremist’ squads were on high alert in Russia-occupied Crimea on October 14, Day of the Defender in Ukraine, surrounding the monument to Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko which Ukrainians had laid a huge number of flowers at during the night and detaining members of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre | detail

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15.08.2015

Odesa Pride 2015 Festival opened and immediately attacked

Around 30 individuals hurled fire crackers at the opening of the Odesa Pride 2015 Festival on Saturday afternoon. The men were masked, but are reported to have been wearing clothes patches saying Ultras Odessa (the name of right-wing and nationalist soccer fans | detail

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14.08.2015

No Lessons Learned: Odesa Court bans LGBT March

Instead of organizing measures to protect participants, the Odesa City Council and police have persuaded the court to ban the Equality March planned by the LGBT community as part of the Odesa Pride 2015 Festival | detail

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06.06.2015

Activists collect money to help police officers injured protecting Equality March

(Update) Five police officers were injured during Saturday’s Equality March and 10 participants in the march were injured when attacked by masked thugs, presumed to have been from the same far-right parties, after they moved away | detail

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22.05.2015

Embroidery Day in Crimea: Detention, Interrogation & Ghoulish Threats

A flash mob to mark Ukrainian Embroidery Day in Russian-occupied Crimea resulted in 4 Ukrainian activists and 3 journalists being detained, interrogated for 5 hours and having their fingerprints taken. When asked why the fingerprints were needed, the officers replied that this is in case “something happens to you tomorrow. Headless bodies get found here”. | detail

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30.03.2015

‘Convicted’ in Russian-occupied Crimea of holding a Ukrainian Flag

Crimean Tatar national movement activist Kurtseit Abdullayev has been sentenced to 20 hours community work for holding a Ukrainian flag with the words “Crimea is Ukraine” at the peaceful meeting on the anniversary of Taras Shevchenko’s birth | detail

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16.03.2015

‘Prohibited’ and ‘extremist’? New detentions over Ukrainian Ribbons

Leonid Kuzmin and Oleksandr Kravchenko, sentenced by a Simferopol court on March 13 for a Ukrainian flag and ribbons, proved that they would not be cowered on Saturday. Ominously, this time they were taken to the ’Centre for Countering Extremism’ | detail

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13.03.2015

Crimean Court Finds Ukrainian Flag a “Prohibited Symbol”

The organizer and two participants in a peaceful action marking the 201st anniversary of the birth of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko have received corrective labour sentences and the organizer, Leonid Kuzmin, is also threatened with dismissal. | detail

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10.03.2015

Ukrainian Flag on Shevchenko Anniversary is now ‘extremist’ in Crimea?

One year after Russia’s invasion of Crimea, Ukrainians who gathered in Simferopol to mark the 201st anniversary of the birth of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko were detained by Russian police and taken to a local police station. On their release, one of the three unfurled a Ukrainian flag and said that it was this that the police thought ‘extremist’. | detail

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19.12.2014

As if Maidan had never happened: Kharkiv court bans peaceful protest

The Kharkiv City Council has yet again applied to the court for a ban on a protest action in the centre of the city, and a Kharkiv court has once again obliged. The reason given was one commonly used for the nearly wholesale bans on demonstrations during Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency | detail

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