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25.04.2018

Mother of arrested Crimean Tatar activist sentenced for ‘insulting’ and ‘depressing’ a police officer

49-year-old Zarema Kulametova has been convicted in Russian-occupied Crimea of ‘insulting’ a police officer on the day that her son disappeared for several hours after being taken away by armed enforcement officers. The officer was awarded ’compensation’ after claiming to have ’been depressed for several months" | detail

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24.04.2018

Russia tries to ‘give itself’ more Ukrainian territory

The Russian-controlled ‘government’ in occupied Crimea has decided to ‘hand over’ Ukraine’s Tuzla Island to Russia. The move is linked with Russia’s construction of a bridge between Russia and Crimea, and is legally meaningless | detail

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23.04.2018

New law in Ukraine would strip citizenship of Crimean victims of Russian occupation

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has proposed amendments to the Law on Citizenship which, if passed, would deprive Crimeans of their Ukrainian citizenship for actions forced on them by Russia as occupying state | detail

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19.04.2018

Russia flouts Hague Court order to reinstate the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and education in Ukrainian in occupied Crimea

It is exactly a year since the UN’s International Court of Justice ordered Russia to withdraw its extraordinary ban of the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatar people, and to ensure education in Ukrainian in occupied Crimea. | detail

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18.04.2018

FSB’s ‘secret witness’ exposed during trial of 6 Crimean political prisoners

Crimean Tatar Human Rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku and five other Ukrainian Muslims are facing huge sentences on fatally flawed charges with the ‘evidence’ so far provided by a traitor, now working for Russia’s FSB, and an alcoholic ‘secret witness’, whose testimony seems to have been dictated by the prosecution | detail

Visits 727
17.04.2018

Russia seeks secret trial of tortured Ukrainian accused of Crimea ‘sabotage plot’

‘Secret documents’ have been cited in Russian-occupied Crimea to justify holding the trial of Yevhen Panov behind closed doors. Since no secret material was ever mentioned to either Panov, or his lawyer, this may well simply be the latest attempt to conceal the lack of any substance to the charges against the Ukrainian | detail

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13.04.2018

Defend Ukraine and face ‘terrorist’ charges in Russian-occupied Crimea

The identity remains unclear of a 24-year-old Crimean arrested on 20 March for alleged involvement in non-existent military action by a Crimean Tatar volunteer battalion. It seems likely, however, that there will be more such arrests, with Russia openly targeting Crimeans involved in defending Ukraine in Donbas, and mentioning other charges earlier used in propaganda against exiled Crimean Tatar leaders and Crimean Muslims.  | detail

Visits 625
12.04.2018

Russia’s barbaric destruction of Khan’s Palace and Crimean Tatar heritage reaches new critical stage

A UNESCO decision which could send a monitoring mission to Russian-occupied Crimea is belated and piecemeal given the scale of Russia’s destruction of the Khan’s Palace, or Hansaray, in Bakhchysarai, a site of huge Crimean Tatar historical and cultural heritage. News of the UNESCO decision coincides with the latest shocking images from Crimea where a construction firm with no experience in restoration work has been let loose on a complex dating back to the 16th century. | detail

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11.04.2018

Russia tries to drive Ukrainian Church out of Crimea

While it is Crimean Muslims who are in ever-increasing numbers facing imprisonment for their faith in Russian-occupied Crimea, it was the Orthodox Church under the Kyiv Patriarchate that first came under fire following annexation, and that remains under relentless pressure. | detail

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10.04.2018

Plundering & Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia & occupied Crimea

A year after Russia outlawed the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a first believer is on trial, facing a ten-year prison sentence and repressive measures are gaining pace.  These include armed searches and arrests, as well as the state theft of Jehovah’s Witness land and property.  It seems only a matter of time before Jehovah’s Witnesses join the ever-rising number of Ukrainians illegally imprisoned in occupied Crimea. | detail

Visits 1955
06.04.2018

Russia recruits children for ‘Youth Army’ & now plans to use kids for propaganda about Crimea

Crimean youth are to be enlisted for filling the Internet with ‘correct information’ about life in Russian-occupied Crimea, with the occupiers determining just what content is ‘correct’, and what is to be dubbed ‘fake’ | detail

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04.04.2018

Russia uses hate speech to stir up fear and hatred of Ukrainians in occupied Crimea

Russia is deliberately creating an atmosphere of fear and aggression in occupied Crimea with Ukraine and Ukrainians pitched as ‘the enemy’ | detail

Visits 1553
03.04.2018

Jailed for 9 years in Russian-occupied Crimea because they couldn’t kill him

It is four years since Mykola Shyptur became Russia’s first and least-known Ukrainian political prisoner in occupied Crimea.  Although the circumstances remain unclear, it seems likely that the intervention of a police officer may have resulted in his politically motivated 9-year sentence, but did at least save his life. | detail

Visits 931
03.04.2018

Russia hurts political prisoners in revenge for Ukraine’s expulsion of diplomats

Russia has responded to Ukraine’s expulsion of 13 diplomats with nominal symmetry, but brutal precision, targeting both Moscow and the consulate in Rostov where many of Russia’s politically-motivated trials of Ukrainians are held.  Rostov also borders areas of Donbas under Kremlin-backed militant control, and Russia would doubtless prefer as few Ukrainian eyes as possible monitoring its regular flow of fighters, military equipment and arms across the border. | detail

Visits 1137
02.04.2018

“I can’t afford to show cowardice” - Ukrainian jailed for not betraying Ukraine in Russian-occupied Crimea resists pressure to end hunger strike

Almost two weeks after political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh went on hunger strike in Russian-occupied Crimea, his lawyer has only just been able to see him.  She reports that he is looking thin and gaunt, and that the SIZO [remand prison] staff are putting pressure on him to end his hunger strike. | detail

Visits 1259
30.03.2018

Ukraine to seek arrest of Russian planes abroad for flying to Crimea

Ukraine is fed up with Russian airlines not paying the 5 billion UAH they owe for illegal flights to Crimea & plan to seek the arrest of the planes when they land in other countries. While hurdles are inevitable, the move will raise important – and uncomfortable – questions about appropriate measures against brazen violations of international law and sanctions. | detail

Visits 3159
27.03.2018

Russia refuses to investigate the abduction of prominent Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov

The supposed investigation into the abduction of Ervin Ibragimov, Crimean Tatar activist and member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars Executive Committee was abandoned in Russian-occupied Crimea without ever really being started.  Given the video footage from May 24, 2016, showing Ibragimov being dragged away by men in uniform, the lies told and resistance to any real investigation look damning.  | detail

Visits 1312
23.03.2018

Crimean Tatar civic journalist jailed for reporting repression in Russian occupied Crimea

Nariman Memedeminov has been arrested on spurious ‘terrorism’ charges concocted over YouTube videos posted back in 2012. This is a flagrant attack on civic journalists who in conditions of Russian censorship and control of the media provide vital information about human rights violations | detail

Visits 2424
22.03.2018

FSB professional ‘denouncers’ used for multiple political trials in occupied Crimea

The regularity with which certain ‘judges’ appear in politically-motivated cases in Russian-occupied Crimea has long been the subject of scrutiny.  Lawyers and journalists have recently identified at least two ‘witnesses’ who seem to be migrating from one political trial to another, and there are multiple cases where the supposed ‘witnesses for the prosecution’ are either people whom the FSB brought with them, or people who signed unread documents under duress.  | detail

Visits 837
21.03.2018

Crimean Tatar political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz & a schoolboy’s letter that gave him strength to fight on

Just how much our letters mean to Ukrainians held in Russian captivity became movingly clear during a very special meeting on 19 March between former political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz and 14-year-old Bohdan Fenechok.  “Where is my friend?”, Chiygoz asked, after entering a classroom in Lviv.  Bohdan stepped forward and the two embraced  (see the video) | detail

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