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13.02.2017

Russia invents ‘terrorism’ and fights children in occupied Crimea

It is a year since the multiple armed searches of at least 11 homes in Russian-occupied Crimea and arrests of four men, including a human rights activist monitoring rights abuses under occupation. The four men remain imprisoned, facing absurd charges, and in at least one case, their children have been terrorized by the FSB. | detail

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10.02.2017

UK university denies any part in Russia’s latest Crimea propaganda stunt

Three UK academics specializing in military history are currently taking part in meetings and propaganda media shots in Russian-occupied Crimea. They appear to be promising a joint project with Bristol University which says that the men have nothing to do with them. | detail

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10.02.2017

Russia uses collaborators at UN to deny its repression of Crimean Tatars

Instead of returning Crimea or at least putting an end to grave human rights violations on the Ukrainian peninsula, Russia is pulling out (or even creating) marginal groups for use in stunts like the latest appeal by a marginal Crimean Tatar organization to the UN to recognize Crimea as Russian and lift sanctions | detail

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09.02.2017

Ukrainian jailed for insistence that Crimea is Ukraine declared a political prisoner

A Crimean for whom the words of Ukraine’s national anthem about “laying down life and soul for our freedom” are his credo in life has become the latest political prisoner in Russian-occupied Crimea. The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre’s statement declaring Volodymyr Balukh a political prisoner and demanding his release came as the Ukrainian farmer spent his 45th birthday jailed on overtly absurd charges | detail

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08.02.2017

Russia to publish “anti-Ukrainian Ukrainian newspaper” in occupied Crimea

The Russian media has widely reported plans to publish “the first Ukrainian-language newspaper in Crimea”. ‘First’ it is not, but it will be the only paper in Ukrainian since Russia’s invasion and occupation of Crimea. It may be used merely for propaganda purposes, however the ‘Ukrainian society’ supposedly behind the initiative was formed by the occupation government and has an openly anti-Kyiv position | detail

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06.02.2017

Russian Human Rights Ombudsperson thinks jailing Crimean rights lawyer Kurbedinov & seizing his clients’ records is OK

Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov has been freed after 10 days’ unwarranted imprisonment but the FSB are still holding computers seized during armed searches. This is an obvious violation – recognized by everybody except Russia’s Ombudsperson – of both Kurbedinov’s rights and the rights of the many victims of persecution he is defending | detail

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03.02.2017

Jailed Pro-Ukrainian Crimean Activist likely subjected to torture

Pro-Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh remains in detention in Russian-occupied Crimea with the evidence mounting that the prosecution against him is politically motivated and that he is being subjected to torture. | detail

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02.02.2017

Mafia methods used to get the ‘right’ court rulings in Russian-occupied Crimea

A moment of limited judicial independence in Russian-occupied Crimea on Jan 25 got forgotten amid the mounted offensive against lawyers defending political prisoners and imprisonment of human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov. Any celebration over the refusal to extend the detention of Redvan Suleimanov would, in any case, have been premature | detail

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01.02.2017

Kremlin-Installed Crimean Leader Admits Preparations for Armed Uprising

De facto Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov’s testimony on Jan 31 against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz clashed with hard evidence, but it did reveal some interesting details.  | detail

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31.01.2017

Enemy No. 1 for Exposing Lawlessness & Repression in Russian-occupied Crimea

Several dozen Russian lawyers have issued a hard-hitting statement in support for jailed Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov and his colleagues who, they stress, are providing the last obstacle to total lawlessness in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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27.01.2017

Russia resorts to open terrorization of lawyers & their families in occupied Crimea

Emil Kurbedinov, one of the lawyers representing many of Russia’s Crimean political prisoners, was detained on Thursday, Jan 26. He and his colleague Edem Semedlyaev were heading to the home of a Crimean Tatar activist where a search and arrest was taking place. | detail

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27.01.2017

Dirty Russian Media Lies as Repression Mounts in Occupied Crimea

While armed searches and arrests were underway in Russian-occupied Crimea of a prominent human rights lawyer and the son of a veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Russian state-controlled media widely reported that a “special operation” was underway against supposed ‘terrorists’. | detail

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27.01.2017

Russia uses repression to remove witnesses to illegal arrests in occupied Crimea

Russia is continuing to use docile judges in occupied Crimea to impose unwarranted penalties on Crimean Tatars for entirely peaceful demonstrations of solidarity with families facing armed searches and arrests | detail

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26.01.2017

Russian FSB stage abduction to deprive Crimean Tatar leader of his lawyer

Instead of abandoning the extraordinary ‘separatism’ charges against Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov for rightly saying that Russia should stop occupying Crimea, Russia’s FSB are resorting to illegal measures aimed at preventing a well-known Russian lawyer from representing Umerov. | detail

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25.01.2017

Historical Truth Banned in Russian-Occupied Crimea

Where Russia cannot prosecute for annoyingly inconvenient but entirely provable truth, it opts for bans. This appears to have now happened with the Kyiv-based website Istorychna Pravda [Historical Truth | detail

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24.01.2017

Journalist faces mandatory 5-year sentence for saying Russia should leave Crimea

Any lingering doubt that Russia would genuinely convict a journalist for expressing the same position as the United National and all democratic countries has now been quashed. On Jan 20, Mykola Semena and his lawyer were presented with an indictment that is both eerily Soviet and openly surreal | detail

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20.01.2017

Russia Invades Crimea, Then Charges Ukrainians with ‘Violent Seizure of Power’

Russia is already holding Crimean Muslims in detention for unproven involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine. It has now begun adding the charge of ‘attempting violent seizure of power in Russia’ with this carrying a near-guaranteed increase in sentence of from 12 to 20 years. . | detail

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16.01.2017

International NGOs should get the facts right re Ukraine’s ‘Ban’ on Russian TV Dozhd

Ukraine’s removal of the independent Russian Dozhd TV from cable networks elicited angry responses and accusations of ’censorship’ from at least two international NGOs, neither of whom fully addressed the reason for the restrictions imposed, or what they did not entail.. | detail

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16.01.2017

FSB detains Ukrainian Cultural Centre activist & his wife in Russian-occupied Crimea

Russia’s FSB is preparing ‘extremism’ charges against yet another pro-Ukrainian Crimean, a young mother of two small children, with the pretext this time being a post on the social network VKontakte. | detail

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13.01.2017

Which Repression in Russian-occupied Crimea is ‘Smart’, Mr Trump?

The ever-increasing number of Crimean political prisoners and forced disappearances may not bother Donald Trump or Henry Kissinger but they are compelling reasons why any deals with Russia which include acceptance of its occupation of Crimea or removal of sanctions are unacceptable. | detail

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