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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

Visits 1898
24.08.2017

Horrifically tortured and murdered, or imprisoned in Crimea and Donbas for the Ukrainian Flag

Ukraine marked National Flag Day on August 23, remembering Volodymyr Rybak who was tortured and murdered for his defence of the Flag, and with at least three Ukrainians imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea or by the Russian-backed militants in Donbas for the same reason | detail

Visits 3862
23.08.2017

Tortured for TV Confessions. Russia’s first aborted ‘Ukrainian Crimea Saboteur plot’

Four men remain imprisoned a year after Russia tried to convince the world that they were part of a Ukrainian military plot to ‘encroach’ upon Ukraine’s own territory. The trial of two has nothing to do with their confessions, and pressure against a third to now ‘admit guilt’ cannot negate his and the fourth man’s detailed accounts of torture and denials of the entire nonsensical ‘plot’ | detail

Visits 1388
23.08.2017

62-year-old Crimean Tatar activist jailed for trying to speak at a public hearing

62-year-old Fazil Ibraimov, who suffers from diabetes, has been jailed for five days in Russian-occupied Crimea, after attempting to speak out against building plans which are likely to deprive him and many other Crimean Tatars of their homes.  | detail

Visits 1830
22.08.2017

Russian experts blast rigged ‘evidence’ for Crimean Tatar leader’s ‘separatism’ trial

The authoritative Moscow Guild of Linguists has totally demolished an FSB-commissioned ’linguistic assessment’ used to back extraordinary ‘separatism’ charges against Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov | detail

Visits 1620
21.08.2017

Russia deploys armed police but fails to stop vital Crimean Tatar resolution warning of persecution & discrimination

The typically heavy-handed measures on August 20 still failed to prevent a hard-hitting resolution warning of grave infringements of Crimean Tatar rights | detail

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21.08.2017

Russia again flouts European Court to hide Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev

Ruslan Zeytullaev has, fortunately, ended the hunger strike declared in protest at his increased sentence and the persecution of the Crimean Tatar people, but for a worrying reason.  The 31-year-old Crimean Tatar, whose release has been demanded by European bodies as well as human rights NGO’s is being sent thousands of kilometres from his wife, three small children and elderly mother. | detail

Visits 2364
20.08.2017

Cowardly final brutality as Russia releases jailed 76-year-old Crimean Tatar Server Karametov

Server Karametov, the frail, seriously ill, and courageous pensioner whom a court in Russian-occupied Crimea jailed for peaceful protest, was released on Saturday evening after 10 days’ imprisonment.  It had seemed that the occupation regime could sink no lower, yet it found a way. | detail

Visits 3986
18.08.2017

Crimean Tatar political prisoner hopes to return from Russian prison and help Ukraine

Nuri Primov, who turned 41 on July 31, is one of the ‘Sevastopol 4’, the first four Ukrainian Muslims to have been arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea for unproven involvement in the peaceful Hizb ut-Tahrir organization which is legal in Ukraine. | detail

Visits 1888
16.08.2017

Russia accuses Ukraine of Trying to Sabotage Crimean Electricity with a Handsaw

The FSB have seized another Ukrainian in Russian-occupied Crimea and claimed that he was carrying out acts of sabotage for the SBU, Ukraine’s Security Service. | detail

Visits 2363
16.08.2017

At least 22 Ukrainian websites blocked in Russian-occupied Crimea

Three years after Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, at least 22 Ukrainian websites are totally or partially blocked, with some of the restrictions not formally registered and therefore impossible to challenge. | detail

Visits 1388
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

Visits 3362
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

Visits 1778
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

Visits 480
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

Visits 3139
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

Visits 1748
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

Visits 1780
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

Visits 11206
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

Visits 1902
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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