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21.01.2019

5-year sentence demanded in Russia’s “safari hunt of Muslims” in occupied Crimea

The de facto prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded one real five-year prison term and three suspended sentences in its prosecution of four Crimean Muslims for membership of the entirely peaceful and apolitical Tablighi Jamaat missionary movement | detail

Visits 150
18.01.2019

Russia seizes bus driver and forces him to ‘confess’ to spying for Ukraine

Russia’s FSB has come up with another Ukrainian spying story, with a standard ‘confession’ wildly shown on state-controlled television.  | detail

Visits 593
17.01.2019

Charges against Crimean Tatar activist dropped after he was tortured and jailed for six months

The Investigative Committee in Russian-occupied Crimea has terminated criminal proceedings against Ismail Ramazanov almost a year after he was arrested, savagely tortured and held in detention for six months | detail

Visits 423
17.01.2019

Russia brings mass prosecutions of believers to occupied Crimea

While Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses are most in danger, believers of other faiths have also faced prosecution for worshiping ’in the wrong place’ or similar | detail

Visits 327
16.01.2019

Russia caused one death to try to discredit Crimean Tatars and is now risking new fatalities

Russia began its most sordid persecution of Crimean Tatars by causing the death of 83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka and now appears intent on breaking its record of deaths  | detail

Visits 332
14.01.2019

Russia increases torture conditions for most Crimean and other Ukrainian political prisoners

Three new Russian laws, recently signed into force by Russian President Vladimir Putin,  will make the conditions for the ever-mounting number of Crimean political prisoners convicted of so-called ‘extremism’ or ‘terrorism’ even harsher. | detail

Visits 1052
11.01.2019

Russia launches dangerous attack on lawyers defending victims of persecution in occupied Crimea

Russia’s Justice Ministry has demanded that the de facto Crimean Bar Association expel Emil Kurbedinov, with this almost certainly leading to his being stripped of his licence. This is the latest of several attempts to silence Kurbedinov and other courageous lawyers in occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 683
10.01.2019

Russia’s imprisonment of disabled Crimean Tatar activist is a death sentence without a crime or trial

Even the media reports that showed Bekirov having difficulty walking with a crutch still posted headlines claiming that he was a member of a military formation who’d been seized with 11 kilograms of explosives. | detail

Visits 665
09.01.2019

The FSB fabricates pathetic ‘Crimean saboteur’ plot you wouldn’t find in the shoddiest detective novel

Biological traces in the wrong place and a plot you wouldn’t find in the shoddiest detective novel.  These are just some of the weak links in Russia’s latest trial of two Ukrainians from Sevastopol: academic Oleksiy Bessarabov and retired naval captain Volodymyr Dudka | detail

Visits 742
09.01.2019

Russia bulldozes vast amounts of food while tens of millions live below the poverty line

It is three and a half years since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the destruction of food products ‘smuggled’ into Russia despite Moscow’s ban on such imports in retaliation for western sanctions. Despite widespread outrage over the move when tens of millions are living below the poverty line, the barbaric destruction has continued unabated. . | detail

Visits 2047
08.01.2019

Ukrainian political prisoner jailed for fictitious ‘attack on Crimea’ disappears in Russia

It is three weeks since Yevhen Panov’s family received any information about the recognized political prisoner’s whereabouts | detail

Visits 1096
03.01.2019

Crimean Tatar activist who took aid to Ukrainian POWs viciously attacked & told this is his “last warning”

Risa Asanov has played a major role in supporting political prisoners and their families since returning to Crimea in 2017, and he is certain that the attack was linked with his strong civic position. | detail

Visits 875
02.01.2019

Russia ‘decriminalizes’ pro-Ukraine social media reposts in occupied Crimea. But only the first

Amendments have been made to one of Russia’s notorious ‘extremism’ charges used in many political prosecutions in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 720
31.12.2018

Russia’s plans foiled as all 24 imprisoned Ukrainian sailors declare themselves POWs

Although the men’s POW status, according to international law, was never seriously in question, all have been under immense pressure from the FSB to ‘confess’ to non-existent crimes | detail

Visits 3007
24.12.2018

Four Crimean Tatar political prisoners get horrifically long sentences for not ‘confessing’ to fake terrorism charges

Two days after the UN General Assembly condemned Russia for violations of human rights in Crimea, a Russian court has sentenced four recognized Crimean Tatar political prisoners to terms of imprisonment from 9 to 17 years | detail

Visits 1130
21.12.2018

‘Expert’ who helped jail Crimean Tatar lawyer for Facebook post called for “rabid Ukrainians to be killed”

The ‘experts’ whom Russia’s FSB uses for political trials in occupied Crimea are notoriously lacking in any specialist knowledge and / or incompetent.  Andrei Nikiforov is, however, in a category of his own. | detail

Visits 703
20.12.2018

Russian prosecutor demands huge sentences “on fantasy charges” for 4 Crimean Tatars

Russia’s second ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir trial’ of Crimean Tatars is drawing to an end with heavy sentences likely despite absurd charges and proof only that all four recognized political prisoners are devout Muslims | detail

Visits 699
19.12.2018

Gravely ill Crimean Tatar activist jailed for a crime he physically couldn’t have committed

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has jailed Edem Bekirov for two months despite a heart condition, diabetes and an amputation that make imprisonment a direct threat to his life and the charges against him nonsensical.   | detail

Visits 499
18.12.2018

‘Friend of the Crimean Tatar people’ banned from Russia for 55 years

Just like in Soviet times, reporting on Russian persecution of Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians can make you a persona non grata for Moscow. In Oliver Loode’s case, the ban is until he’s 99! | detail

Visits 717
17.12.2018

Russia may take revenge for independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church on believers in occupied Crimea

Moscow’s rage at the granting of autocephaly or independent status to a united Ukrainian Orthodox Church is likely to find an outlet in occupied Crimea where the Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate has been under pressure since Russia’s annexation | detail

Visits 818
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