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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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31.08.2017

Oleksandr Kolchenko: 10 years for opposing Russia’s invasion of Crimea

Oleksandr Kolchenko is one of at least 45 people illegally held prisoner in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea. He and Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov need our letters of support, and our advocacy with politicians and the media to ensure international pressure on Russia to release them. | detail

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30.08.2017

Russia criminalizes more religious worship in occupied Crimea

18 Jehovah’s Witness communities in Russian-occupied Crimea have just been formally banned as supposedly ‘extremist organizations’. This means that members could now face criminal charges for activities linked with their worship. They will not be the only Ukrainians put on trial for their faith since Russia’s invasion of Crimea | detail

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30.08.2017

Ukrainian political prisoner in occupied Crimea charged with assault after complaining of ill-treatment

It seems a three and a half year sentence against Volodymyr Balukh for his Ukrainian flag in Russian-occupied Crimea was not enough. He is now facing new criminal proceedings brought after he complained about anti-Ukrainian abuse and physical violence from the head of the Razdolne detention centre Captain Valery Tkachenko | detail

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28.08.2017

Russian banks cut off from SWIFT for working in Crimea

The main Russian bank working in Russian-occupied Crimea and one other have been informed that the company providing their connection to the SWIFT network will terminate its services from 31 August.. This is a welcome move and one that can surely be used to put pressure on SWIFT to disconnect other Russian banks implicated in Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. | detail

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28.08.2017

Ukrainian tortured by FSB into "confessing" to sabotage plot jailed on different charge

There is no proof that Oleksiy Stohniy was tortured by the FSB in November 2016, yet how else do you explain why he ‘confessed’ to being part of a Ukrainian Crimea sabotage plot for Russia state television and the fact that he has now been convicted of something else altogether? | detail

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25.08.2017

Ukraine’s Independence Day in Russian-occupied Crimea: “You feel the difference between freedom and non-freedom”

‘Only’ two Ukrainian activists were detained in Russian-occupied Crimea on Ukraine’s Independence Day. That, however, was probably because most Ukrainians celebrated the day with family and friends. As one Ukrainian put it, coming out to any kind of event could cost you your liberty. | detail

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