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09.11.2017

Wives of Crimean Tatar Political Prisoners detained for many hours as Russia steps up terror tactics

Russia is not content with illegally imprisoning 25 Crimean Muslims on unproven charges of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a peaceful organization that is legal in Ukraine, and leaving 100 children without their fathers.  It has now turned to terrorizing and intimidating the wives and family friends of seven political prisoners, with the women detained, illegally held for many hours by FSB-controlled officers brandishing machine guns and interrogated.  They were finally released late on Wednesday evening, but only after an ambulance needed to be called for one of the women.   | detail

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09.11.2017

Russia wages major offensive against Crimean Tatar civic activists in occupied Crimea

One Crimean Tatar activist has been jailed for a legal solitary picket last month, another fined and several subjected to armed searches and interrogation in a new offensive against the civic initiative Crimean Solidarity and all those trying to publicize rights abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea.  | detail

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08.11.2017

Russia uses isolation, threats & closed trial to hide the one ’state secret’ of its Crimea sabotage plot

The trial of at least one of the Sevastopol Ukrainians whom Russia has accused of a ‘sabotage plot’ could be held behind closed doors.  The excuse given is that the case allegedly involves material containing state secrets. Scepticism is inevitable given the heavy pressure placed on the men to reject independent lawyers and admit ‘guilt’ and the fact that one of the men has already been sentenced on charges that bore no relation to the ‘confession on video’ that he gave, when showing obvious signs of having been beaten. | detail

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06.11.2017

FSB use power outage as pretext to detain Crimean Tatars

Several Crimean Tatars are known to have been illegally detained, including the brother of imprisoned human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku.   | detail

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03.11.2017

Abducted & tortured Crimean Tatar: “If I don’t speak out, they’ll come for others”

We cannot know how many Ukrainians the FSB have abducted and tortured in Russian-occupied Crimea to extract ‘confessions’ to non-existent crimes, however Renat Paralamov hopes that his refusal to remain silent can help prevent the number becoming even higher. | detail

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02.11.2017

Russia gives suspected Euromaidan killers asylum, imprisons Maidan activists

Russia has given almost half the Berkut officers suspected of involvement in the gunning down of protesters citizenship, and at least two men wanted for Maidan crimes jobs crushing protest in Russia. This is while at least two Ukrainians are illegally held on insane charges related to Maidan over which Russia has no jurisdiction | detail

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02.11.2017

Prison staff steal all food from Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev

Ruslan is being held in a notorious prison in Bashkiria and asks people to keep writing to him and to other political prisoners. The letters give them moral support, show them that they’re not forgotten. | detail

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01.11.2017

Beating up Crimean Tatar activists is OK in occupied Crimea, demonstrating contempt for the assailants a ’crime’

24-year-old Shevket Razzakov is facing criminal charges in Russian-occupied Crimea for spitting at a Russian National Guard sniper during the armed search of another Crimean Tatar.  None of the officers involved in beating up peaceful activists and hospitalizing one of them during the events that day is under investigation. | detail

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31.10.2017

Ukrainian citizens turned into ‘foreign nationals’ in Russian-occupied Crimea

The formal rejection of Russian citizenship has been used as grounds for treating Crimeans living in their own home as ‘foreigners’ and, judging by the story Volodymyr Shlyakov from Feodosia has told Krym.Realii, to make their life into a nightmare. | detail

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30.10.2017

Released Crimean Tatar leader: No ‘liberation’ while my people, my land are not free

There was a sense of Soviet déjà vu in the release of Crimean Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, seen in the secrecy with which the special operation was carried out and in the use of a third country. Déjà vu also since just as in the USSR, the number of political prisoners who remain incarcerated is large and on the increase, with such hostage-taking described by Chiygoz’ lawyer as "profitable business" for the Kremlin | detail

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26.10.2017

Russia frees jailed Crimean Tatar leaders Chiygoz and Umerov but into exile from Crimea

More details have emerged of the unexpected release on October 25 of imprisoned Crimean Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov.  The initial reports that Russia was not preventing them from returning to Crimea were too optimistic and both will, like other Crimean Tatar leaders, be exiled while Crimea remains under occupation | detail

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25.10.2017

Key prosecution witness blasts Russia’s politically motivated sentence of Crimean Tatar leader

Even an alleged ‘aggrieved party’ in Russia’s widely condemned ‘trial’ of Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Akhtem Chiygoz has labelled the case ‘political’ and called for the 8-year prison term handed down to be changed to a suspended sentence | detail

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23.10.2017

Another Crimean Tatar civic activist faces prison for saying that Crimea is Ukraine

The FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea has formally charged 54-year-old Crimean Tatar activist Suleyman Kadyrov with making a ‘public call to violate Russia’s territorial integrity’ ffor a Facebook repost, with the comment “Crimea is Ukraine”.   | detail

Visits 1953
20.10.2017

Number of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia & occupied Crimea rises sharply

There are now at least 60 Ukrainians whom Russia is imprisoning on politically motivated charges or for their faith in Russia or in occupied Crimea | detail

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19.10.2017

Russia hunts ‘organizers’ of Crimean Tatar solitary pickets against repression

A number of Crimean Tatars who on October 14 held single-person pickets in protest at mounting repression have been summoned to the police for questioning.  The summonses, like the detention of 49 Crimean Tatar picketers on Saturday, are in breach even of Russian legislation, and there are fears that Russia may try to concoct criminal prosecution of some supposed ‘organizer’.  | detail

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17.10.2017

Court quietly deletes rigged translation it used for jail sentence of Crimean Tatar Leader Ilmi Umerov

The ‘incriminating’ word used to convict Ilmi Umerov of so-called ‘public calls to violate Russia’s territorial integrity’ has been omitted from the sentence passed on the 60-year-old Crimean Tatar leader.  Correctly omitted, since he did not say it, however the omission makes the political nature of his two-year prison sentence even more glaringly obvious. | detail

Visits 1750
16.10.2017

Ukraine remembers Petro Grigorenko as his words in defence of Crimean Tatars could get you arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea

It is 110 years since the birth of Petro Grigorenko, Soviet General, founding member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group, victim of punitive psychiatry and defender of the Crimean Tatar people. The anniversary is of acute poignancy at a time when Crimean Tatars are once again facing discrimination and persecution in their homeland under Russian occupation or in enforced exile. | detail

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14.10.2017

49 Crimean Tatars detained for legal pickets demanding an end to persecution

Crimean Tatars have reacted to the new arrests on ‘terrorism’ charges of civic activists in Russian-occupied Crimea by holding single-person pickets with placards reading: “Crimean Tatars are not terrorists.  Give children their fathers back” and “Fabricating criminal cases – it’s this that’s TERROR”.  . | detail

Visits 4889
12.10.2017

Russia fights civic activists & Crimean Tatar solidarity with terrorism charges

Six more Crimean Tatars have been arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea, charged with involvement in the peaceful Hizb ut-Tahrir organization which is legal in Ukraine.  The six include well-known civic activists, and the entire operation, including the mass detention of people who tried to stream or photograph the proceedings, seemed a cynical warning of what Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians should expect for not keeping their head low.  | detail

Visits 2433
12.10.2017

Mass detention for reporting armed searches and arrests in Russian occupied Crimea

Armed searches began early in the morning of October 11 in a number of Crimean Tatar homes in Bakhchysarai.  This was a clear attempt at intimidation, with the six Crimean Tatars primarily people who have taken a firm civic stand and demonstrated solidarity where others faced searches and arrests | detail

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