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29.09.2017

Moving message of solidarity from Kremlin hostage Roman Sushchenko on sentence of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov

There has been widespread condemnation of Russia’s two-year prison sentence on Crimean Tatar leader lmi Umerov “for voicing dissent against the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula”. The most poignant was from Roman Sushchenko, the Ukrainian journalist seized by the Russian FSB almost exactly a year ago | detail

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28.09.2017

Russia brazenly flouts UN Hague Court and jails Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov

In a shock move on September 27, a Russian-controlled ‘court’ in Crimea sentenced 60-year-old Ilmi Umerov, who has multiple serious illnesses, to two years’ imprisonment. Given the suspended sentence of journalist Mykola Semena on analogous charges just one week ago, the conclusion seems clear that the harsher sentence in this case is because Ilmi Umerov is Crimean Tatar | detail

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25.09.2017

Crimean Tatar Political Prisoner Moved to Notorious Prison in Russia

After putting Ruslan Zeytullaev through three ‘trials’ to get the huge sentence needed for FSB paperwork, Russia has now sent the Crimean Tatar political prisoner two and a half thousand kilometres from his wife and three small daughters.    | detail

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22.09.2017

Russia sentences Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena for expressing the UN’s stand on Crimea

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has passed a two and a half year suspended sentence on Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena for expressing his opposition to Russia’s occupation of Crimea.  It was thus found that an opinion piece written by Semena contained ‘public calls to action aimed at violating Russia’s territorial integrity’.  His position expressed in the article fully coincided with that expressed by the UN General Assembly, EU, OSCE, and all democratic countries, as well as with that in a number of international treaties which Russia has ratified. | detail

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21.09.2017

Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov’s powerful final words in surreal proceedings where ‘traitors put patriots on trial’

Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has ended his final address (translated here) to a de facto court under Russian occupation by suggesting that they will all meet again at the international courts at the Hague and these are no empty words | detail

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20.09.2017

FSB caught red-handed falsifying the charges against Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov

Russia’s FSB rejected at least one translation of the interview given by Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov because the translator neither found nor invented the supposed ‘public calls to violate Russian territorial integrity” which Russia wanted to charge Umerov with | detail

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19.09.2017

Court in occupied Crimea demands 3-year suspended sentence for journalist over criticism of Russia’s annexation

The prosecution in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded a three-year suspended sentence for Mykola Semena, the 67-year-old journalist on trial for expressing his opinion - and the position of international treaties which Russia remains a party to. De facto prosecutor Svetlana Petrovna Budinskaya also proposed to ban Semena from engaging in any public activities for three years. | detail

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18.09.2017

Russia bans Crimean Tatar Football Match in Occupied Crimea, yet allowed to host 2018 World Cup

Police controlled by the country which is hosting the World Football Cup in 2018 banned young Crimean Tatars from holding a football match on September 16, and forced them to remove the Crimean Tatar flag.  The match which had already begun was not allowed to continue, and three people were taken aside for ‘questioning’, including the trainer.. | detail

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15.09.2017

Abducted Crimean Tatar beaten, tortured and abandoned after ‘voluntarily’ entering FSB office

It took the FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea over 24 hours to admit that Renat Paralamov had been in their offices, and then they came up with the surreal claim that he had ‘voluntarily’ returned there after being released on Wednesday afternoon. They have given no explanation for the brutal torture, including beatings and electric shocks, that he was subjected to | detail

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14.09.2017

Crimean Tatar abducted after ‘search’ by masked men in Russian-occupied Crimea

Renat Paralamov has not been seen since masked men carried out what they claimed to be an ‘inspection’ of his home in Nizhnegorsk, in Russian-occupied Crimea.  Even if, as seems likely, the Russian FSB is behind this latest seizure, there is every reason to consider that their treatment of the young Crimean Tatar should be viewed as an abduction | detail

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13.09.2017

Chiygoz Lawyer: Crimean Tatar non-violent resistance makes Russia nervous

Nikolai Polozov believes that the persecution and 8-year sentence of Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz were aimed at terrorizing the Crimean Tatars whose non-violent resistance makes Russia nervous. Their brutal repression has, however, had the opposite effect to what they hoped to achieve | detail

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12.09.2017

Cynical motives most likely as Russia again moves imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, whom Russia is illegally holding prisoner, has once again been moved only a week after arriving at the notorious Irkutsk SIZO [remand prison].  His lawyer Dmitry Dinze has no idea where he has been taken, nor why.  While the hope must arise that this is in preparation for his release, perhaps as part of an exchange, other more cynical ploys seem at least as likely | detail

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12.09.2017

Russia sentences Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz to 8 years in openly lawless trial

Russia has sentenced Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz to eight years’ imprisonment for upholding Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty during a demonstration that took place on Ukrainian territory and under Ukrainian law. | detail

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11.09.2017

Russia secretly moves imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

Human rights monitors in the Siberian city of Irkutsk have reported finding Crimean filmmaker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov held in the Irkutsk SIZO or remand prison. It appears he was moved from Yakutia a week ago, with Sentsov himself given no explanation as to why. | detail

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11.09.2017

Crimean Tatars threatened with arrest for solidarity during sentence of jailed Mejlis leader Akhtem Chiygoz

89-year-old Lutfi Bekirov is one of the many Crimean Tatars who have been warned that they will be arrested for gathering outside the Russian-controlled High Court in occupied Crimea on September 11 as sentence is passed on Crimean Tatar leader and political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz. | detail

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08.09.2017

Crippling fine imposed on Crimean Tatar woman for comment on Putin quote

 “You have no rights” is what the mother of a young Crimean Tatar woman was told when Russian enforcement officers arrived to search their home.  This, it was claimed, was because the young woman, Zarema* from Bakhchysarai had “behaved badly to the Russian-speaking population”. | detail

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05.09.2017

Crimean Tatar imprisoned pending ‘deportation’ for tackling Putin over Crimea

The cynical torment of 57-year-old Nedim Khalilov is almost certainly retaliation for his attempt to bring legal proceedings against Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea. | detail

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04.09.2017

Death threats & likely arrest used to drive Ukrainian activist from Russian-occupied Crimea

Leonid Kuzmin, the head of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Crimea has become the latest Ukrainian activist to be forced out of Russian-occupied Crimea after receiving both death threats and warnings that he could end up imprisoned | detail

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01.09.2017

Cross & Icons seized, Archbishop assaulted in barbaric new attack on Ukrainian Cathedral in Russian-occupied Crimea

The Russian occupation regime has totally blocked the Cathedral of Vladimir and Olga, the main Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Kyiv Patriarchate in Simferopol.  During the seizure on Thursday morning, masked men used force against Archbishop Kliment, injuring his arm. | detail

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31.08.2017

Sentsov and Kolchenko vs. obliging perpetrators of Russia’s ideologically-motivated Terror

Solidarity events marking the 2nd anniversary of the sentences passed on Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko are important to ensure that the two political prisoners, are not forgotten, but also to ensure that the role played by the three judges in sentencing two innocent men to 20 and 10-year sentences is also remembered | detail

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