Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

Crimean Tatar journalist Remzi Bekirov faces 20-year sentence for reporting repression

Remzi Bekirov annoyed the Russian FSB by reporting on political persecution in Crimea. and they came for him also | detail

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61-year-old Crimean activist jailed for his pro-Ukraine views to go on trial in Russia

The trial is shortly to begin in Russia of 61-year-old Ukrainian Oleh Prykhodko on charges almost certainly linked with his pro-Ukrainian views and unconcealed opposition to Russian occupation | detail

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Crimean Tatar human rights activist faces 20-year sentence for refusing to be silenced

Riza Izetov is one of the 23 Crimean Tatar civic activists and journalists seized by the Russian FSB on 27 March 2019 and imprisoned on fabricated ‘terrorism’ charges | detail

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25 Crimean Tatar activists charged with trying to violently overthrow Russia through their words

Six years after Russia invaded and annexed Ukrainian Crimea, its FSB has charged 25 Crimean Tatar political prisoners with “planning a violent seizure of power and change in Russia’s constitutional order” | detail

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Putin prohibits Ukrainians from owning land in Russian-annexed Crimea

This effectively strips Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians who have not taken Russian citizenship of their land rights . | detail

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Russia brings show trials by quota and nationality to occupied Crimea

One of the Stalinist echoes in Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea has been seen in the use of political trials in which the choice of ‘defendants’ appears to be entirely arbitrary. | detail

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Russia brings insane criminal charges against Crimean Tatar leader for supporting Ukraine

There are glaring flaws in the new ‘prosecution’ which seems clearly aimed at anti-Mejlis propaganda in the run-up to the peaceful March of Dignity on Crimea planned for 2 May | detail

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Osman Arifmemetov, Crimean Solidarity journalist imprisoned for his words in Russian-occupied Crimea

Arifmemetov reacted to the mounting number of political prisoners in occupied Crimea by reporting on repression and helping its victims. Then the FSB came for him | detail

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Crimean Tatar political prisoners refused coronavirus test despite alarming symptoms

Two of the eight Crimean Tatar civic activists on trial in Russia have a temperature, a dry cough and / or other symptoms associated with coronavirus, yet no tests have been carried out, despite the evident danger to all of the men | detail

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Coronavirus death trap for Ukrainian political prisoners in occupied Crimea and Russia

Men who have committed no crime are deprived of adequate medical treatment and held in cells which are filthy, stuffy and so overcrowded that men have to take turns sleeping on the same bunks | detail

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Russia spends millions on indoctrination and crushing children’s identification with Ukraine in occupied Crimea

Since 2016, the Russian occupation regime has spent over 100 million roubles on efforts to turn children into so-called “new citizens” and “patriots of Crimea” | detail

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Crimean Tatar veteran activist who “fed Maidan” has died in occupied Crimea

Mustafa Osmanov was implacably opposed to Russia’s occupation of his homeland and, together with his son, had faced trouble for this stand, but he is probably most fondly remembered throughout Ukraine for the special role he played during the Maidan protests in the winter of 2013/14. | detail

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Russia uses torture-like conditions to try to break imprisoned Crimean Tatar civic activists

25 Crimean Tatar civic activists and journalists are being held in Russia, in conditions tantamount to torture either to try to break them, or in revenge because all the men understand that the charges against them are political and refuse to be cowered | detail

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Crimean Tatar abducted after day of FSB searches in Russian-occupied Crimea

Two young men were subjected to searches in Russian-occupied Crimea on 16 March, with 26-year-old Dilyaver Ibraimov then effectively abducted and only released around 12 hours later | detail

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Russian FSB plants “prohibited literature” to imprison Crimean Tatar activists for 10 years or more

Russia has carried out a new wave of armed searches and arrests in occupied Bakhchysarai, this time targeting two sons of a renowned Crimean Tatar historian and a TV ATR presenter, now living in mainland Ukraine, who has provided coverage of political repression under Russian occupation | detail

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Ukraine may wake to find Zelensky has capitulated to Russia on water to Crimea

The fact that at least four politicians from the majority party linked with President Volodymyr Zelensky have all put forward proposals that would help Russia by reinstating water supplies suggests that the aim is both to test public reaction and to manipulate it. | detail

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Ukrainian anthem prohibited as “provocation” on Shevchenko anniversary in Russian-occupied Crimea

On 9 March, police in Russian-occupied Crimea prevented Ukrainians from singing Ukraine’s national anthem near the monument to the great Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko on the 206th anniversary of his birth | detail

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Jehovah’s Witness sentenced to 6 years for praying at home in Russian-occupied Crimea

Serhiy Filatov has become the first Ukrainian Jehovah’s Witness to be imprisoned for practising his faith in Russian-occupied Crimea. He was found to have prayed, together with others, in his own home, which the Russian-controlled prosecutor and court chose to view as “undermining constitutional order and state security”. | detail

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Russian court expels Crimean Tatar defendants from court for asserting their rights

The latest hearing in the “trial” of eight Crimean Tatar political prisoners took place on 4 March without any of the defendants present after the latter insisted on asking hard-hitting questions | detail

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Russia resorts to punitive psychiatry against tortured Crimean Tatar rights activist

A Russian-controlled court in Yalta has ordered that 55-year-old Crimean Tatar political prisoner Yunus Masharipov be forcibly subjected to so-called ‘psychiatric treatment’. The occupation regime is thus resorting in full to the punitive psychiatry of Soviet times | detail

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