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24.05.2018

Crimean Tatar National Congress delegate seized and tortured on anniversary of Ervin Ibragimov’s abduction

Asan Egiz, delegate of the Qurultay  [National Congress] of the Crimean Tatar people, was abducted on 23 May by men in police uniform.  This was a chillingly brazen repeat of the abduction and disappearance exactly two years ago of another prominent Crimean Tatar Ervin Ibragimov with the only difference being that Asan Egiz was, thankfully, found, beaten, but alive. | detail

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24.05.2018

Russia admits complicity in abduction of Crimean Tatar activist through refusal to investigate

It is two years since 31-year-old Ervin Ibragimov, member of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, was abducted by men in road patrol uniform from near his home in Bakhchysarai.  Despite video footage showing the abduction, the Russian occupation regime effectively never carried out a real investigation, which has only heightened the suspicion that enforcement officers or paramilitary organizations were responsible | detail

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23.05.2018

Russia turns to abduction & torture to try to discredit the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Oleksandr Steshenko, the young Ukrainian who disappeared after being seized by the FSB in occupied Crimea, has been shown on Russian television ‘confessing’ to involvement in an ‘extremist group’ supposedly created by the Head of the Mejlis, or self-governing body, of the Crimean Tatar people.  This alleged ‘plot’ has been made public just days after Ukraine approached the International Court of Justice asking why Russia is continuing to flout the Court’s direct order to end its ban of the Mejlis | detail

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23.05.2018

School kids intimidated in Russian-occupied Crimea as Crimeans refuse to reject Ukrainian citizenship

Teachers in Russian-occupied Crimea are demanding information from parents as to whether their children have Russian citizenship and what residence status they and their parent(s) have. The document came to light in connection with angry reactions from pro-Russian officials to the large number of Crimeans obtaining Ukrainian biometric passports | detail

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22.05.2018

Crimean Tatar Civic Activists arrested in new offensive against Crimea Solidarity

Russia has carried out new armed searches and arrests in occupied Crimea, with one of the targets Server Mustafaev, a highly-respected civic activist and coordinator of the Crimea Solidarity movement | detail

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21.05.2018

The only ‘Ukrainian school’ left in occupied Crimea teaches in Russian

A year after the International Court of Justice at the Hague ordered Russia “to ensure availability of education in the Ukrainian language” in occupied Crimea,  the only remaining ‘Ukrainian school’ does not have a single class taught in Ukrainian | detail

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18.05.2018

Crimean Tatars Detained for Honouring the Victims of the Deportation

Repressive measures under Russian occupation on the anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar people began early this year with the detention on the evening of 17 May of around 20 young people taking part in the traditional youth action ‘Light a flame in your heart’ | detail

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18.05.2018

The Kremlin hires academics to deny Crimean Tatars their rights

Russia’s repressive measures against Crimean Tatars are probably not surprising since it is this main indigenous people of Crimea who most dangerously undermine Moscow’s excuses for invading and annexing Crimea | detail

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17.05.2018

Crimean Tatar who sued Putin over annexation of Crimea ‘deported’ to Uzbekistan

Russia has sent Crimean Tatar Nedim Khalilov against his will to Uzbekistan after illegally taking him from his Crimean home and holding him in a ‘centre for foreigners’ in Russia for 18 months.  This cynical deportation of a 58-year-old who has no links with Uzbekistan can be viewed as reprisal for Khalilov’s attempt to bring legal proceedings against Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea | detail

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17.05.2018

Sentsov’s life on the line in defence of all Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners means no World Cup as usual

Ukrainian filmmaker and Kremlin hostage Oleg Sentsov has declared an indefinite hunger strike with his sole demand being the release of all the Ukrainian political prisoners held by Russia. It seems he has been planning this move for the last month and a half and he told his lawyer: “If I die before or during the World Cup, there will be publicity that can help other political prisoners”.   | detail

Visits 1968
16.05.2018

Crimean political prisoner on hunger strike subjected to new ‘trial’ for ‘attacking’ a police officer

Volodymyr Balukh was in ‘court’ again on 15 May, looking gaunt and tired after two months of hunger strike. The 47-year-old has faced constant harassment under Russian occupation because pf his pro-Ukrainian position and the Ukrainian flag he refused to remove from the roof of his home, and this new ‘trial’ seems aimed at revenge against a person whom the occupation regime has not been able to break. | detail

Visits 532
15.05.2018

Verdicts awaited in Russia’s most openly anti-Crimean Tatar ‘trial’

The ‘trial’ has ended in Russian-occupied Crimea of five Crimean Tatars accused of ‘involvement’ in a pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia has no jurisdiction.  Verdicts are due on June 4, but are unlikely to bring many surprises, given that this lawless case was not terminated at the first court hearing despite being prohibited by Russia’s own criminal code. | detail

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14.05.2018

Crimean Tatar faces huge sentence in Russian FSB’s ‘machine of wholesale persecution’

Nuri Primov and three other recognized Crimean Tatar political prisoners are imprisoned in Russia on the basis of a conversation about their Muslim faith, about Ukraine and Russia.  It is likely that similar ‘evidence’ will be provided to jail Primov’s cousin Enver Seytosmanov who was arrested on 10 May | detail

Visits 786
11.05.2018

Ukrainian sentenced to 8 years on bizarre ‘sabotage’ charges in Russian-occupied Crimea

25-year-old Hennady Lymeshko has become the latest Ukrainian to receive a long sentence in Russian-occupied Crimea on highly implausible ‘sabotage’ charges.  There was never any objective evidence to back the FSB’s claim on 15 August 2017 to have averted acts of sabotage, only a ‘confession’ from Lymeshko, who showed signs of having been beaten, | detail

Visits 520
11.05.2018

Russian censor prohibits Crimea Human Rights Group from informing Crimeans of their rights

Russia as occupying state is not only violating international law by conscripting Crimeans into its army, but has placed material from the Crimean Human Rights Group informing people of this on its huge ‘Register of prohibited information’. | detail

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10.05.2018

Enjoy the World Cup in Russia where you can get 20 years for opposing annexation of Crimea

Fans visiting the 2018 World Cup this summer are to be ‘protected’ by Cossacks similar to those who helped Russian soldiers invade Ukrainian Crimea in 2014.  Hardly an accidental choice of thugs considering that the Kremlin has tried to protect itself against criticism by hiding Ukrainian political prisoners like Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko thousands of kilometres away from Moscow.  | detail

Visits 2098
10.05.2018

Putin’s ‘Russian World’: Children taught war and violently detained for daring to protest

The increasing militarization of childhood in occupied Crimea and Russia is beginning earlier and earlier, with children decked out in military uniform and taking part, together with the Russian defence ministry’s ‘Youth Army’, in military and other parades for Victory Day. | detail

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07.05.2018

Crimean savagely beaten for pro-Ukraine views gets 2-year prison sentence for ‘extremism’

Ihor Movenko has been sentenced by a court in Russian-occupied Sevastopol to two years’ imprisonment for a comment on the VKontakte social network.  The comments were only ‘noticed’ and a criminal prosecution launched after Movenko demanded an investigation into the brutal and unprovoked attack by a police officer that had left him hospitalized | detail

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04.05.2018

Sentenced into silence for saying that Crimea is Ukraine & reporting Russian repression

“You can jail a person, but how do you imprison thoughts?” The question was put by Ukrainian activist Suleyman Kadyrov on 3 May during the appeal hearing against his 2-year suspended sentence for a comment on Facebook that Crimea is Ukraine. | detail

Visits 993
03.05.2018

Crimean Tatar businessman & philanthropist seized in new FSB offensive in Russian-occupied Crimea

A prominent Crimean Tatar philanthropist and businessman and his sister have been seized after what Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Refat Chubarov called a ‘”black Thursday’ of armed searches in Russian-occupied Crimea. | detail

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