Ukraine’s Law on the Status of the Crimean Tatar People should seriously worry Russia

A bill now before Ukraine’s parliament can, according to Crimean Tatar leader Refat Chubarov, finally end any dispute as to whom Crimea rightly belongs to. | detail

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Slain Crimean Tatar Symbol of Struggle against Russian Invasion Declared Hero of Ukraine

Reshat Ametov wanted his three children to grow up in a free Ukraine. When others were too fearful to join him in a peaceful demonstration against Russia’s invasion of Crimea, the 39-year-old Crimean Tatar came out in solitary protest.  He was abducted by armed paramilitaries from outside the Crimean parliament and savagely tortured to death. | detail

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Russia detains Crimean Tatars for honouring the victims of the Deportation

Russian police and FSB marked the 73rd anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People with detentions and harassment of people, many elderly, gathered in prayer | detail

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“What was done to you in 1944 has a name. It was genocide”

The words above were spoken by a great Ukrainian Petro Grigorenko when he addressed Crimean Tatars exiled in Moscow in 1968, almost 25 years after the Deportation. Nearly 50 years later, Crimean Tatars are once again exiled or persecuted, and Grigorenko’s advice on demanding their rights and accepting no less, just as poignantly relevant. | detail

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Russia demands increase to 12-year sentence against Crimean Tatar political prisoner

It seems that Russia’s FSB are determined to get the 17-year sentence against Ruslan Zeytullaev they need for their paperwork, however many ‘trials’ are required. Meanwhile the 31-year-old father of three is again on hunger strike in protest at the 12-year sentence and ongoing persecution of Crimean Tatars | detail

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Crimeans demand reinstatement of school education in Ukrainian

Following the International Court of Justice’s order that Russia remove impediments to the use of Ukrainian in Crimean schools, Ukrainians in Sevastopol have been told that Ukrainian is not a state language and that lessons can only be extra-curricular. | detail

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Even Remembrance of the Crimean Tatar Deportation prohibited in Russian-occupied Crimea

Crimean Tatars are for the fourth time facing bans and likely arrests on the 73rd anniversary of the Deportation in 1944 of the entire Crimean Tatar people from their homeland | detail

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How Russia fights religious ‘dissidents’ in occupied Crimea

Russia’s imprisonment of Muslim Aliev and 18 other Crimean Muslims on invented ‘terrorism’ charges may be less overtly political than the trial of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and other opponents of annexation. The aim, however, seems just as clearly to crush dissent, with those targeted also facing horrifically long prison sentences for nothing. . | detail

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Speak out for those whom Russia stops from being at Eurovision

Spare a thought - and some time for the initiative #NoEurovisionFor for the 44 Ukrainian political prisoners who cannot be at the Eurovision competition currently underway in Kyiv, nor even see it from their prisons in Russia, or Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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Challenge Putin’s Lies about imprisoned Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

It is exactly three years since Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker and single father, was arrested in Simferopol, shortly after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea. His trial and 20-year-sentence have been condemned by the entire international community, yet Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps repeating the same narrative, that Sentsov was tried and convicted of ‘terrorism’ | detail

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20 years for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea is worse than Soviet – Please Help #FreeSentsov!

It is three years since Oleg Sentsov’s two children saw their father, and could be another 17 years if Russian President Vladimir Putin has his way. There are levers to put pressure on Putin and on those Russians who collaborate in torturing and imprisoning innocent Ukrainians and your help is vital! | detail

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Instilling Terror: More Armed Searches & Abduction-like Arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea

The key element in any attempts to terrorize the population is uncertainty: it should be unclear who will be the next victim – it could be you or your family. On May 8, armed Russian officers came for the son of a well-known regional Mejlis leader and another Crimean Tatar, Server Yusuf, who appears to have been taken to Russia after what looks much more like an abduction than an ‘arrest’. | detail

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Russia refuses to obey UN Court order to stop persecution of Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Russia is both distorting the substance of the recent International Court of Justice judgement on occupied Crimea, and refusing to stop its extraordinary criminalization of the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatar people. It is also simply ignoring the order regarding education in Ukrainian | detail

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Children taught to glorify war and the invader in Russian-occupied Crimea

Children waving machine guns or ‘thanking’ a monument to the Russian soldiers who invaded Crimea are more than tasteless Russian propaganda performances. Russia’s occupation of Crimea has brought not only political repression, but also war propaganda and the deliberate militarization of public awareness, with children particularly targeted. | detail

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Armed searches & jail for deleted reposts to silence protest in Russian-occupied Crimea

Tofik Abdulgaziev and his family were subjected to an armed search on Thursday, almost certainly as a warning to stop reporting cases of repression. In the meantime, the jailing of civic activist Remzi Bekirov, purportedly for a 7-year-old post on a long-deleted VKontakte page, has been upheld | detail

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‘Witnesses’ in hiding from Russia’s Soviet trial of Ukrainian journalist in Crimea

It was unfortunately only the latest hearing that got cancelled on World Press Freedom Day, not the insane criminal charges that Russia has brought against Crimean journalist Mykola Semena for exercising freedom of speech | detail

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Crimean Tatar Ruslan Zeytullaev gets 12-year sentence to meet Russian FSB quota

Russian judges have done what they’re told and sentenced Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev to 12 years’ maximum security because the FSB needed an ‘organizer’ for its paperwork. The retrial and this sentence are especially chilling since there are three other men charged under the same type of quota, and they face even harsher sentences. | detail

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Russian FSB radically changes the plot in its ‘Crimean saboteur’ trial

Nine months have passed since Russia tried vainly to convince the international community that Ukraine’s military had mounted armed ‘incursions’ on Russian-occupied Ukrainian Crimea. | detail

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Jailed & refused urgently needed medical care for not collaborating with FSB

There are strong grounds for believing that Crimean Tatar political prisoner Arsen Dzhepparov has been in detention since April 2016 because of his refusal to act as an FSB informer. He is now being refused an urgently needed operation and is in a very bad state of health. This, his lawyer Dzhemil Temishev stresses, is no longer merely pressure on the young man, and can only be described as torture. | detail

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Russian prosecutor demands 17 years for Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev

Looking gaunt and frail after 18 days without food, Ruslan Zeytullaev spoke from court on Friday, thanking all those Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians who have expressed their support, but refusing to end his hunger strike until the verdict is handed down | detail

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