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16.07.2018

Flats for Treason in Russian-occupied Crimea

Anybody wondering how repressive regimes find the ‘judges’, ‘prosecutors’ and ‘police’ needed for politically-motivated arrests and trials, should look to Crimea under Russian occupation.  Although Moscow sent in Viktor Palagin and other Russians with a track record in repression to take up top posts in the FSB [security service], it also applied various ‘incentives’ to encourage Crimeans to switch allegiance.  One of the most corrupting of such incentives is housing.  | detail

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13.07.2018

Defiant cries of ‘Glory to Ukraine!’ as Russia sentences Panov to 8 years for exposing ‘Crimean saboteur’ scam

Yevhen Panov has been sentenced to eight years in Russian-occupied Crimea on ‘sabotage’ charges for which there is not a scrap of evidence.  The sentence was met with cries of “Glory to Ukraine” from Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian activists who had come to show support, an act of no small courage under Russian occupation | detail

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13.07.2018

Oleg Sentsov’s Last Birthday in Russian captivity and 61st day on hunger strike

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is turning 42 on 13 July.  It will be his fourth birthday in a Russian prison, and must be his last. The Kremlin’s most famous Ukrainian hostage has been on hunger strike since 14 May and has made it clear that he will not give up until Russia releases him and other Ukrainian political prisoners | detail

Visits 2386
11.07.2018

Russia hides imprisoned Ukrainian human rights activist on hunger strike

Ukrainian political prisoner Emir-Usein Kuku “has been returned” to the Russian prison from where he disappeared on the morning of 10 July. It is possible that the secrecy about Kuku’s whereabouts was to prevent his lawyer from seeing the human rights activist who has been on hunger strike since 26 June | detail

Visits 1408
10.07.2018

10-year sentence demanded in FSB’s fantasy ‘Ukrainian Crimea sabotage’ plot

The de facto prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded that Yevhen Panov be sentenced to ten and a half years’ imprisonment despite the lack of any evidence that there ever was a Crimean saboteur plot which he is supposed to have organized | detail

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10.07.2018

If Putin admitted Crimea is Ukraine, why would Trump recognize illegal Russian annexation?

The Kremlin’s assertion that Crimea will not be on the agenda during Vladimir Putin’s meeting with US President Donald Trump might be cheering given Trump’s apparent refusal to rule out ‘recognizing Crimea as Russian’, if it could be believed. It cannot, and not least because of the number of times Putin has said something quite different. | detail

Visits 1332
09.07.2018

Criminal charges against Crimean Tatar who refused to be silent about savage FSB torture

The de facto military prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea has refused to initiate criminal proceedings against the FSB officers who abducted and tortured 31-year-old Crimean Tatar Rinat Paralamov.  Two criminal investigations have, however, been launched against the victim who refused to remain silent about the FSB’s treatment of him | detail

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06.07.2018

Sentsov considers his solo release would be a “total failure” & calls for greater attention to Kremlin’s other political prisoners

If Oleg Sentsov, Emir-Usein Kuku and Oleksandr Shumkov are on hunger strike for the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners, ignoring their demand helps only Russia (INFORMATION HERE about the other prisoners) | detail

Visits 1241
06.07.2018

Crimean jailed for a Ukrainian flag sentenced to three more years for refusing to be broken

A ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh to an extra three years’ imprisonment on charges as overtly fabricated as those used to originally arrest him, | detail

Visits 2267
04.07.2018

Jailed Crimean Tatar Human Rights Activist on Hunger Strike in Russian World Cup city

Emir-Usein Kuku has been on hunger strike since 26 June in Rostov.  Nothing is known of the human rights activist’s condition, with the Russian state-controlled media generally avoiding mention of the 11 Ukrainian political prisoners, most of them Crimean Tatar, currently ‘on trial’ in this World Cup hosting city | detail

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03.07.2018

Extra 4-year sentence demanded for Ukrainian political prisoner on 106th day of hunger strike in occupied Crimea

A ‘prosecutor’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded an extra four-year sentence against Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh for something termed ‘disorganizing the work of the detention unit’, with this to be added in full to the remaining two years of his current sentence.   Balukh is looking frail and gaunt after 106 days of either partial or, now, total hunger strike in protest at what has been internationally condemned as persecution for his pro-Ukrainian position – and the Ukrainian flag over his home.  | detail

Visits 1134
02.07.2018

Russia takes revenge for Euromaidan by imprisoning and tormenting Ukrainian Maidan activists

It has long been assumed that the persecution of Oleksandr Kostenko and Andriy Kolomiyets was in revenge for Moscow’s failure to prevent Euromaidan, with this only confirmed by the measures taken to make Kostenko’s last weeks in prison as hellish as possible. | detail

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29.06.2018

Russia pushes lies and defamation while hiding Sentsov who is reportedly very weak

With Russian lies failing to silence mounting international calls for the release of Oleg Sentsov and all Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners, deception has been used to block access to Sentsov, and a provocateur deployed in an inept attempt to discredit the renowned Ukrainian filmmaker. | detail

Visits 2307
27.06.2018

Ukrainian activist remains imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea despite court order

Sevastopol activist Ihor Movenko, prosecuted for a pro-Ukrainian comment on a social media, has not been released despite a new court ruling early on 26 June overturning any grounds for his detention. | detail

Visits 719
24.06.2018

In Memory: Server Karametov, Veteran Crimean Tatar Activist and Political Prisoner in Occupied Crimea

Server Karametov, veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, unwavering defender of all victims of political persecution under Russian occupation and himself a prisoner of conscience, has died in hospital after being hit by a car in Stary Krym.   | detail

Visits 1431
23.06.2018

Dangerously weak Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh steps up life-threatening hunger strike in occupied Crimea

Volodymyr Balukh announced in ’court’ on 23 June that he will now be refusing absolutely all food in protest at his ongoing persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea.  47-year-old Balukh, who is looking gaunt and frail, has long complained of chest pains and there are very serious grounds for fearing for his life | detail

Visits 2234
22.06.2018

On 40th day of Sentsov hunger strike, doctors say crisis imminent, refuting lies from Russia’s Ombudsman

40 days after beginning an indefinite hunger strike, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is experiencing heart and kidney problems.  His lawyer Dmitry Dinze has just visited him in the Arctic Circle prison where Russia is illegally holding him, and says that the doctors are warning that a crisis is imminent .  | detail

Visits 4445
22.06.2018

Ukrainians deported from occupied Crimea for rejecting Russian citizenship

Four years after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, over two thousand Ukrainians have been prosecuted for not having Russian documents, with 366 people actually deported.  Many of them had lived in Crimea all their lives, and 40 were people who also had family ties with Crimea or where in a civil marriage | detail

Visits 3716
21.06.2018

Mother of Crimean Tatar political prisoner declares hunger strike

68-year-old Rayme Ceyityaya (Primova) has gone on a hunger strike, demanding the release of her son, Nuri Primov, one of Russia’s first Crimean political prisoners.  Her own state of health makes any hunger strike of immediate danger, however she has resisted all attempts to dissuade her, saying she has no other way to help save her son | detail

Visits 1273
20.06.2018

Sentences passed in Russia’s most openly lawless anti-Crimean Tatar ‘trial’

A ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has passed suspended sentences against five Crimean Tatars accused, as had been Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Akhtem Chiygoz, of taking part in a perfectly legal pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia had no jurisdiction | detail

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