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15.12.2017

Crimean Tatar political prisoner Bekir Degermendzhy is dangerously ill

After causing the death of 83-year-old veteran Crimean Tatar activist Vedzhie Kashka, Russia is endangering the life of 57-year-old Bekir Degermendzhy, arrested as part of a particularly cynical FSB attempt to discredit the Crimean Tatar Mejlis. | detail

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14.12.2017

Council of Europe will share responsibility for grave human rights violations if it gives in to Russia now

Crimean Tatar leaders, the sister of Russia’s youngest Ukrainian political prisoner and prominent Ukrainian human rights organizations have warned the Council of Europe against compromising its own values by giving in to pressure from Russia. There can be no grounds for reinstating Russia’s voting rights within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [PACE] while Russia continues its occupation of Crimea, military aggression in Donbas and escalating human rights abuse | detail

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13.12.2017

Crimean Tatar activist abducted, then prosecuted as Russia continues terror tactics against Crimea Solidarity

Rustem Osmanov, an activist from the civic initiative Crimea Solidarity, was taken from his home by unidentified men without insignia on Monday morning.  In comparison with at least three activists who are facing huge sentences for showing solidarity with political prisoners in Russian-occupied Crimea and their families, Osmanov was ‘lucky’ in merely being fined 10 thousand roubles on trumped up charges | detail

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11.12.2017

Imprisoned Crimean Tatar leaders reportedly exchanged for 2 suspected Russian state-sponsored killers

Reports in the media that Russia freed Crimean Tatar political prisoners Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov in exchange for two Russians accused of at least one political killing in Turkey cannot be confirmed or denied, however the Kremlin clearly has something to hide | detail

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08.12.2017

Russia jails Crimean Tatar for refusal to collaborate, his father for telling PACE about the case

Among those telling the world about the imprisonment on surreally lawless charges of Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz; Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy was Mustafa’s father, a veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement.  Now Bekir Degermendzhy has himself been imprisoned, on different, yet no less cynical, charges.  The 57-year-old suffers from severe asthma and should not be in detention under any circumstances | detail

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08.12.2017

Russian FSB ‘deports’ Ukrainian & his ‘terrorist’ dog from occupied Crimea

Oleksandr Kovalchuk, a Ukrainian citizen, has been forcibly deported from Crimea where he had been living since 2011.  Russia, which is illegally occupying Crimea, accused Kovalchuk of breaching Russia’s migration legislation – and his dog Teddy of ‘sabotage’ | detail

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06.12.2017

Russia adds a vital source of information about rights abuse in occupied Crimea to its list of ‘foreign agents’

Russia has used the recent requirement in the USA that its propaganda outlets RT and Sputnik register with FARA to add Krym.Realii, one of the only media resources providing information about politically-motivated prosecutions and other rights abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea to its list of ’foreign agents’ | detail

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05.12.2017

Russia set to begin its latest Crimean trial on ethnic and religious grounds

Safiye Kuku spent her 7th birthday outside a Crimean court on December 4 hoping in vain to see her father, human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku. At this last detention hearing before Kuku and five other men are taken to Russia for ‘trial’, the men’s wives and mothers were allowed to be present, but not the children. | detail

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04.12.2017

Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh released under ‘insane’ house arrest

After being jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea  for almost a year on flagrantly falsified charges, Ukrainian activist and farmer Volodymyr Balukh has been placed under house arrest.  While Balukh’s elderly mother is, of course, overjoyed, Balukh himself called the ruling ‘insane’, since it prohibits him from leaving the house (or using the Internet).  “Can you imagine it?  My mother will be spreading manure, looking after the farm, while I sit at home.   | detail

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01.12.2017

Council of Europe will betray its human rights mandate by giving in to Russia, Mr Jagland

The Council of Europe is considering reinstating Russia’s voting rights which were withdrawn after Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014.  Crimea remains under occupation  with ever-mounting human rights abuse, making the reference given to the Council of Europe’s ‘human rights mandate’ as excuse for removing sanctions seem particularly disingenuous. | detail

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01.12.2017

Russia to police history textbooks for ‘correct’ position on events in Ukraine & especially Crimea

Russia’s Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) has issued instructions to check out history textbooks for their coverage of events in Ukraine in 2013-14, with the main concern being Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, which Moscow calls ‘the reunification of Crimea’. | detail

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29.11.2017

No let up in persecution of pro-Ukrainian activist & torment of his elderly mother in Russian-occupied Crimea

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has yet again extended the detention of Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh, despite the clear illegality of the move even according to Russian law, Balukh’s serious health issues and the fact that his elderly mother, who is going blind, has been left without any support.  | detail

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28.11.2017

Crimean Tatars prosecuted for legal pickets and the truth about persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea

In its zeal to prevent the truth being told about its political repression in occupied Crimea, Russia is even flouting its own legislation.  At very least three Crimean Tatars are now facing administrative charges for entirely legal single-person pickets on October 14. | detail

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27.11.2017

Russia jails four respected Crimean Tatars and spreads lies about ‘machine guns & drugs’ to discredit the Mejlis

Any doubt that the FSB arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea on November 23 which caused the death of Vedzhie Kashka, 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, were a special operation aimed at discrediting Crimean Tatars and theMejlis have been dispelled.   Russian and Kremlin-loyal Crimean media have come out with lies about supposed “ammunition, drugs and material of an extremist nature” found during the searches “of Mejlis” members. | detail

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27.11.2017

Number of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners rises well above 60

The Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners were waited for in vain at countless airports throughout the world on November 26. There are now well over 60 known prisoners, held on spurious charges, and the number has risen alarmingly over recent months. | detail

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24.11.2017

Russia causes the death of revered veteran of the Crimean Tatar National Movement, then tries to hide it

83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka, victim of the 1944 Deportation and veteran of the non-violent struggle of the Crimean Tatar people for their rights, died on November 23 after Russian FSB officers burst into a restaurant where she had been sitting and tried to detain her. | detail

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20.11.2017

Russia intimidates parents to push Ukrainian out of schools in occupied Crimea

Despite an apparently clear commitment, Russia has done nothing to comply with the demands issued by the UN International Court of Justice back in April 2017.  The Crimean Tatar Mejlis remains banned, and the situation with the Ukrainian language, especially in Crimean schools is, if anything, more catastrophic. | detail

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17.11.2017

Court in Russian-occupied Crimea takes 5 minutes to jail Ukrainian academic for 5 years

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced internationally-known academic Dmytro Shtyblikov to five years’ maximum security imprisonment on wildly implausible ‘sabotage’ charges.  Shtyblikov had been prevented from seeing an independent lawyer for over a year, and there are very strong grounds for believing that physical or psychological pressure was used to get him to ‘confess’. | detail

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17.11.2017

Another Crimean Tatar taken away ‘voluntarily’ after armed search

The whereabouts are unknown of Mustafa Mustafaev who was taken away by the armed and masked men who burst into the home he shares with his wife, a teacher of Crimean Tatar, and their sons. Crimean Tatar activists also report the worrying shots fired at a Crimean Tatar man’s home and view it as another form of intimidation. | detail

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15.11.2017

Human Rights Watch: Persecution of Crimean Tatars intensifies

Human Rights Watch has issued a hard-hitting report in which it states that Russia is intensifying persecution of Crimean Tatars “with the apparent goal of completely silencing dissent on the peninsula.  It has finally devoted detailed attention to the increasing persecution of Crimean Muslims on concocted ‘terrorism’ or ‘extremism’ charges.  | detail

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