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07.09.2018

Tortured for being gay after Russia annexed Crimea

The Memorial Anti-Discrimination Centre has published a harrowing account of torture by the police from a member of the LGBT community in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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06.09.2018

Crimea Chemical Disaster – Russia takes 2 weeks to evacuate children amid information vacuum

The Russian occupation authorities in Crimea took almost two full weeks to react to a dangerous chemical spillage with disastrous effects on Armyansk and surrounding areas | detail

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06.09.2018

Russia refuses medical care to hunger striking Ukrainian political prisoner despite clear danger to life

Volodymyr Balukh is suffering severe pain in the liver area, and after almost six months on total or nearly total hunger strike is evidently in need of urgent medical care | detail

Visits 1396
05.09.2018

Crimean Tatar civic activists jailed for social media reposts after day of armed searches & arrests

Civic activist Marlen Mustafaev has been jailed for 12 days over a Facebook post dating back to 2014, and may be facing a much longer term of imprisonment on an absurd charge of ‘inciting enmity’ | detail

Visits 1232
04.09.2018

Lawyer: Sending Crimean political prisoners to Russia is a war crime

Five Ukrainian political prisoners from Crimea will shortly be taken against their will to Rostov in Russia for ‘trial’ with the conditions en route likely to be even worse than those in the Simferopol SIZO [remand prison] where they have been illegally held since October 2016.  | detail

Visits 2477
04.09.2018

Ukraine ‘forgets’ to sanction Putin cronies & Russian firms involved in building illegal Crimea bridge

Ukraine lacks legislative mechanisms to punish individuals and businesses who violate sanctions linked with Russia’s annexation of Crimea.  This, however, is only part of the problem, since there are a suspicious number of individuals or legal entities, sanctioned by the USA over Crimea, who are eluding inclusion in Ukraine’s list of offenders. | detail

Visits 1391
31.08.2018

Russian lawyer reports mounting disillusionment with Russia in occupied Crimea

Nikolai Polozov has just returned from Crimea and reports that even those who earlier supported Russia’s annexation are now disillusioned.  The promised prosperity has not eventuated, and you can’t even come out onto the streets to protest anymore | detail

Visits 3415
31.08.2018

The European Court of Human Rights’ politically-motivated denial of justice for Oleg Sentsov

A lawyer representing Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov at the European Court of Human Rights believes that the Court is taking so long to consider his case because it does not want to address the issue of Russia’s annexation of Crimea | detail

Visits 1983
30.08.2018

Russian FSB comes for Ukrainian Cultural Centre activist in occupied Crimea

Olha Pavlenko has become the latest activist from the Ukrainian Cultural Centre to come under attack in Russian-occupied Crimea.  A search was carried out early on 29 August, with Pavlenko later summoned to the FSB for interrogatio | detail

Visits 1128
29.08.2018

Strasbourg demands Russia account for health of Ukrainian political prisoners

The European Court of Human Rights has responded swiftly to Ukraine’s request for urgent measures under Rule 39 regarding the state of health of four Ukrainian political prisoners: Volodymyr Balukh; Stanislav Klykh; human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku and Serhiy Lytvynov.  The move is very welcome, however the number of political prisoners, especially in occupied Crimea, whose very life Russia is jeopardizing is much higher. | detail

Visits 1221
27.08.2018

Ominous new twist in Russia’s conveyor belt trial of six Ukrainian political prisoners

A Russian court hearing the ‘trial’ of six recognized Ukrainian political prisoners has returned the case to the prosecutor, demanding that the charges against one of the men, Enver Bekirov, be made more severe | detail

Visits 1719
23.08.2018

Remember Ukrainians jailed by Russia, tortured & murdered for Ukraine’s National Flag

On Ukrainian National Flag Day Volodymyr Balukh remains imprisoned in occupied Crimea for that flag and in danger after almost 160 days on total or near-total hunger strike. We remember also Volodymyr Rybak who was horrifically tortured to death in 2014 for defending the flag and Ukraine against Russian-led fighters | detail

Visits 1775
23.08.2018

Ukrainian abducted for FSB attempt to discredit Crimean Tatar Mejlis jailed for two years

Oleksandr Steshenko was sentenced on charges that are once again unrelated to his televised ‘confession which was an overt attempt to discredit the leaders of the Mejlis, or self-governing body, of the Crimean Tatar people and given after Steshenko had been abducted and held incommunicado for a month.  | detail

Visits 592
22.08.2018

Russia’s FSB needs Ukrainian ‘saboteurs’ in occupied Crimea – fictitious ones will do

The FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea is looking for ‘saboteurs’, but not at all in the way that security services in other countries do | detail

Visits 973
21.08.2018

100th day on hunger strike: The West has levers it could use to make Russia free Oleg Sentsov

"I will try not to let you all down, to not give up and to not die. Though I guess of those three wishes, I will only be able to fulfil at most two" - from a letter from Oleg Sentsov to all those supporting and writing to him. He has now been on hunger strike for 100 days, and has stopped believing in his release | detail

Visits 4736
20.08.2018

Crimean Tatar poet under criminal investigation in Russian-occupied Crimea for anti-war verse

Crimean Tatar poet Aliye Kenzhalieva is facing possible criminal charges over poems about the tragedy of war, which the Russian-controlled Investigative Committee is trying to claim falls under the article of Russia’s criminal code on ‘rehabilitation of Nazism’ | detail

Visits 1905
17.08.2018

Russia brings criminal charges against Crimean Tatar human rights activist over Facebook repost

Russia’s Investigative Committee has initiated criminal proceedings against Gulsum Alieva, a Crimean Solidarity activist and the daughter of recognized political prisoner, Muslim Aliev, over a widely circulated photo, which the 21-year-old simply reposted on Facebook.  In Russian-occupied Crimea, this has been termed ‘inciting enmity’ (towards Russians) | detail

Visits 2903
16.08.2018

One death, four political prisoners in Russia’s war against the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Russia’s National Guard, involved, in the ‘special operation’ that caused the death of Vedzhie Kashka, 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, has refused to release any information, citing ‘the fight against terrorism’. The pretext is nonsensical, and, combined with the disappearance of all video footage of the attempted detention, can only strengthen the suspicion that she died because of excessive and disproportionate use of force by the officers carrying out the arrest. | detail

Visits 1604
15.08.2018

Kremlin uses blatant lies as excuse to not free Oleg Sentsov

The Kremlin has rejected the plea from Oleg Sentsov’s mother that President Putin ‘pardon’ her son.  It claims that the request must come from Sentsov although this was not the case when Putin issued decrees ‘pardoning’ three other Ukrainian political prisoners.  It also claims, equally falsely, that Sentsov is a Russian citizen.  | detail

Visits 1974
15.08.2018

Ukraine takes Russia to European Court of Human Rights over 71 Kremlin hostages

Ukraine has lodged a vital inter-state application with the European Court of Human Rights over Russia’s persecution of 71 Ukrainians illegally held prisoner in Russia or occupied Crimea.  It is the sixth inter-state application filed against Russia since its invasion of Crimea in early 2014, but the first to specifically address Russia’s ever increasing number of Ukrainian political prisoners, and the abductions, torture and other human rights violations committed against them and other Ukrainian | detail

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