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15.08.2017

Mass detention of Crimean Tatars for solidarity with jailed 76-year-old Server Karametov

At least eight people were detained in Russian-occupied Crimea on August 14 for holding peaceful single-person pickets, or for photographing the police detaining the picketers, with one person - 64-year-old Yarikul Davlatov - now facing charges of holding an ’unauthorized meeting’, For many Crimean Tatars there was no choice but to come out onto the street, after the unwarranted arrest and jailing last week of 76-year-old Server Karametov.  Like him, all the picketers held signs stating clearly: “Putin, our children are not terrorists!  They are not extremists either!”. | detail

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14.08.2017

Second ‘confessed’ Ukrainian Crimea saboteur jailed on different charges

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced Redvan Suleymanov to 1 year and 8 months imprisonment on a charge which differs radically from his widely televised ‘confession’ to involvement in a Ukrainian military ‘Crimea saboteur plot’.  | detail

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14.08.2017

Road To Dispossession: Locals Pushed Aside For The Trans-Crimea Highway

People in Kerch and other locations along the planned highway route are already feeling the pain of dislocation. | detail

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12.08.2017

Name those who help Russia jail a frail & elderly Crimean Tatar for defending political prisoners

This torture of Server Karametov, a frail and elderly man who suffers from several very serious illnesses elicited outrage and revulsion far beyond Crimea, yet ‘judge’ Natalya Anatolyevna Terentyeva claimed there were no grounds for overturning the jail sentence | detail

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11.08.2017

Sentence of Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz a "sentence against the entire Crimean Tatar people”

The sentence is awaited of Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and recognized political prisoner. He and other Crimean Tatars are on trial, as Chiygoz said in his final address, for upholding the law and for defending Ukraine’s territorial integrity, with Russia’s prosecution carried out by people who themselves turned traitors.. | detail

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11.08.2017

Crimea Marathon of Solidarity as Response to Mounting Repression

Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians have begun enthusiastically collecting ten rouble coins in the latest response to new methods of repression in Russian-occupied Crimea. The coins are a symbol of solidarity and a means of sharing the financial burden of the fines increasingly imposed for demonstrating support for political prisoners | detail

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10.08.2017

Russia hits new depths, jails 76-year-old & gravely ill Crimean Tatar for peaceful protest

A ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has jailed Server Karametov for ten days for supposedly ‘resisting the police’. The frail pensioner, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and other serious illnesses had already been fined 10 thousand roubles the previous day for what the same ‘judge’, Marina Vladimirovna Kolotsei chose to accept was an ‘unauthorized protest’ | detail

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10.08.2017

New armed search in Crimea ends with Crimean Tatar Imam hospitalized

Russia has marked International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples with both continuing and new repression against Crimean Tatars.  These included an armed search of the home which Umer Emiramzaev shares with his wife and three small children, and his parents and brothers. | detail

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10.08.2017

Appeal to impose sanctions over the political persecution of Volodymyr Balukh

An open appeal to EU member states, the USA, Canada and other countries to impose sanctions on those involved in the politically motivated prosecution and imprisonment in Russian-occupied Crimea of Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh | detail

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09.08.2017

Yevhen Panov: Foiled ’Ukrainian Crimea Saboteur Plot, or the Limits of Russian FSB Torture

Ukrainian Yevhen Panov has proven to be the Russian FSB’s greatest miscalculation in its generally aborted first attempt to fabricate a ‘Ukrainian Crimea Saboteur’ plot. The torture used to obtain his ‘confession’ was too obvious, and the efforts to prevent him seeing a real lawyer thwarted by the European Court of Human Rights | detail

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09.08.2017

76-year-old Crimean Tatar charged with ‘resisting the police’ for defence of political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz

76-year-old Server Karametov was detained on Tuesday while standing peacefully outside the High Court in Simferopol where the ‘trial’ is taking place of Crimean Tatar leader and recognized political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz | detail

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08.08.2017

Russia demands 8-year sentence for Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz

The de facto prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded an 8-year sentence for Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz in a ‘trial’ that breaches even Russian law and which has openly targeted only Crimean Tatars.  This has been recognized as a political trial from the outset, and Russia is clearly hoping to get Chiygoz convicted during August when many people are on holiday in the hope of attracting less publicity. | detail

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08.08.2017

Pussy Riot Members Detained for demanding that Russia #FreeSentsov

Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot are facing administrative prosecution for a totally peaceful protest calling for the release of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov whom Russia arrested shortly after its invasion and annexation of Crimea. | detail

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07.08.2017

Grave Concern for Crimean Tatar Political Prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev on Indefinite Hunger Strike

Ruslan Zeytullaev is continuing the hunger strike he declared on July 27, the day that Russia’s Supreme Court increased his manifestly unjust sentence to 15 years. Zeytullaev’s moving words to the court made it clear that his action was not only in protest at the sentence, but in defence of his people, facing persecution | detail

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07.08.2017

Russia tortures Volodymyr Prysich for ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur plot confession’, then changes the charges

Ukrainian truck driver Volodymyr Prysich had the misfortune to be delivering furniture to Russian-occupied Crimea on August 13, 2016, when Russia’s FSB was on the lookout for other Ukrainians to accuse of involvement in a supposed ‘Ukrainian sabotage plot’. The last to be arrested, he was the first to be convicted of something entirely different from what he ‘confessed’ to | detail

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04.08.2017

Jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea for a Ukrainian Flag

Ukrainian farmer, activist and recognized political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh has been sentenced to 3 years, 7 months in what human rights groups have condemned as reprisals for his open opposition to Russia’s occupation of his native Crimea - and, effectively, for a Ukrainian flag | detail

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02.08.2017

Russia imprisons Crimeans in inhuman conditions for their faith or pro-Ukrainian stand

46-year-old Volodymyr Balukh is suffering from heart problems and high blood pressure after 6 months in a filthy and overcrowded Crimean SIZO [remand unit]. The recognized political prisoner’s very life could be in danger, and he is just one of at least 28 men held on fabricated charges in appalling conditions | detail

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31.07.2017

Unconcealed falsifications used to jail Ukrainian activist in Russia-occupied Crimea

It may be simply that ‘judge’ Maria Bedritskaya wants to go on holiday, and can’t go until she ‘convicts’ Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh. It is possible, however, that the flagrant irregularities are also intended as a warning to all Ukrainians of what they can expect for a Ukrainian flag, for honouring the slain victims of Maidan or other demonstrations of ‘dissident thinking’. . | detail

Visits 2488
28.07.2017

Russia repeats ‘trial’ of Crimean Tatar political prisoner until judges give the right sentence

After three attempts. Russia’s FSB has obtained almost the 17-year sentence it demanded against Ruslan Zeytullaev, a 32-year-old father of three and recognized political prisoner. | detail

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28.07.2017

Russia’s Crimean Conveyor Belt of Repression: Rustem Vaitov

Crimean Tatar Rustem Vaitov, who turned 31 on July 28, is one of the first four Ukrainian Muslims to have been arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea and later sentenced by a Russian court to five years or more for unproven ‘involvement’ in the peaceful Hizb ut-Tahrir organization which is legal in Ukraine. > | detail

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