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12.02.2018

Independent probe into arrest & death of 83-year-old Crimean Tatar veteran amid persecution of men who were helping her

When a case that began with the arrest and death of an 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement seems to have hit rock bottom, Russia’s FSB proves it can sink even lower. | detail

Visits 839
09.02.2018

Closed trial for tortured Ukrainian accused of a ‘Crimea sabotage plot’ that never was

The ‘trial’ has begun of Andriy Zakhtei, one of the four Ukrainians seized by the FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea in August 2016 and accused of involvement in a supposed ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur plot’.  It appears that the entire ‘trial’ will be held behind closed doors, enabling Russia’s FSB to conceal the lack of a credible story, not to mention evidence . | detail

Visits 740
08.02.2018

Calls to declare Crimean political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh a Hero of Ukraine

It is people like Volodymyr Balukh, spending his second birthday in prison for his unwavering loyalty to Ukraine that give the lie to Russian propaganda about Crimea and give hope that it will return under Ukraine’s control. | detail

Visits 758
07.02.2018

Menacing attack on the son of a Crimean Tatar National Congress member

23-year-old Fakhri Muratov was dragged from his car in Russian-occupied Crimea on February 6 by men in masks and without any insignia.  The men proceeded to beat him and then search his car, before driving off. | detail

Visits 995
06.02.2018

How can OSCE observe Russian ‘elections’ that are being illegally held in occupied Crimea?

There are several reasons why the event on March 18 which will give Vladimir Putin his fourth official term as Russian President can only loosely be termed ‘elections’. There is one, however, that surely invalidates any outcome since Russia is insisting on holding the elections in illegally occupied Ukrainian Crimea. | detail

Visits 1533
05.02.2018

Crimean attacked for Ukrainian symbols faces 5-year sentence for wanting police assailant prosecuted

Having Ukrainian symbols on his bike was excuse enough for Ihor Movenko to be savagely beaten up in Russian-occupied Crimea.  He is now facing a five-year prison sentence because he tried to get his assailant prosecuted.  Human rights activists believe that Russia is promoting any form of hatred towards pro-Ukrainian Crimeans, with the ‘courts’ there to provide whatever sentence is demanded. | detail

Visits 1274
02.02.2018

Internet providers forced to conceal total FSB surveillance in occupied Crimea & Russia

Any Crimean still using Russian social media like VKontakte or Odnoklassnik for correspondence should close them down immediately, preferably after deleting all personal messages and posts from the last decade.  It is likely that Russia’s FSB [security service] has long had unimpeded access to Russian-based Internet messengers, postal services and social media, however a new ruling has now strictly prohibited any Internet providers from even divulging details of their collaboration with the FSB. | detail

Visits 1375
01.02.2018

Oleg Sentsov and two other Kremlin hostages receive Sakharov Award for Courage

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, sentenced in Russia to 20 years for non-existent ‘terrorism’, has become one of the laureates of the Andrei Sakharov Award for Courage, together with two other Ukrainians facing Russian persecution: journalists Mykola Semena and Roman Sushchenko. | detail

Visits 1353
31.01.2018

Crimean journalist & politician jailed on ‘extortion’ charges for criticism of United Russia party

The ‘trial’ in Russian-occupied Crimea of journalist Alexei Nazimov and politician Pavel Stepanchenko is descending into farce, after never really making much sense.  This has not prevented the two men being held in detention since October 2016, and the lack of any substance to the charges may well have no impact upon the eventual verdict.    | detail

Visits 903
29.01.2018

Crimean Tatar on trial for not betraying his oath of allegiance to Ukraine

How do you flesh out the ‘trial’ of a Ukrainian prosecuted by the Russian occupiers of his homeland for writing on Facebook that ‘Crimea always was, and remains Ukrainian”?   A Russian-controlled prosecutor and court in occupied Crimea are trying to find something sensible to add to this grotesque ‘trial’ of Crimean Tatar activist Suleyman Kadyrov and failing badly.  | detail

Visits 1026
28.01.2018

Russia deploys armed police and dogs in new offensive against Crimea Solidarity

In the latest attack on the Crimea Solidarity civic initiative, a huge contingent of Russian OMON riot police have disrupted the monthly meeting held to discuss ways of helping political prisoners and their families.  There was no real attempt to come up with a credible reason for what was clearly an attempt at intimidation  - one that follows the arrests of several Crimea Solidarity activists on trumped-up charges. | detail

Visits 5672
26.01.2018

Crimean Tatar with brain tumour arrested for social media post from 2012

Russia’s overt terrorization in occupied Crimea continued on January 25 with two more armed searches.  The targets this time included Ebazer Islyamov from Nizhnegorsk, who was detained and then put through a court hearing despite all those responsible being informed that he has a brain tumour.  An armed search was also carried out of the home of Crimean Tatar activist Enver Krosh in Dzhankoj, who was subjected to torture two years ago after refusing to collaborate with Russia’s FSB | detail

Visits 971
25.01.2018

Crimean Tatar detained, tortured and charged with ‘inciting enmity to Russians’

A Russian-controlled ‘court’ in Crimea has remanded Ismail Ramazanov in custody for a month after refusing to react to the young man’s acute pain from the beating he endured in police custody. Ramazanov is accused of ‘extremism’ over comments he allegedly made to an Internet radio station. | detail

Visits 884
24.01.2018

Three years since Russia began its persecution on fake ‘terrorism’ charges of Crimean Muslims

It is exactly three years since the first FSB arrests of Crimean Muslims on fabricated ‘terrorism’ charges | detail

Visits 1244
23.01.2018

Five Crimean Tatars on trial for unspecified crimes in a country the ‘prosecutor’ can’t identify

A ‘prosecutor’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has proven unable to tell five Crimean Tatars on trial which country they are alleged to have acted illegally in, and how they did so.   This is not the first time that the prosecutor has been stumped for an answer, though that has not prevented two of the men -  Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy -  being held either in custody or under house arrest for almost three years.  | detail

Visits 955
19.01.2018

Russia’s imprisonment of gravely ill Crimean Tatar veteran activists amounts to torture

The Russian occupation authorities in Crimea have made no attempt to investigate the death of 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Vedzhie Kashka, minutes after the FSB’s extraordinary attempt to arrest her.  Instead the very lives of two of the four men arrested in the same ‘case’ are being placed in danger as part of a cynical and futile attempt to discredit Crimean Tatars.  | detail

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18.01.2018

Racist grounds given for mass persecution of Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea

Police in Russian-occupied Crimea have on several occasions tried to justify detaining Crimean Tatars holding legal solitary pickets by claiming that their protest “aroused dissatisfaction among the Slavonic population”. | detail

Visits 1056
17.01.2018

Activist jailed for Ukrainian flag in Russian-occupied Crimea after a farcical ‘retrial’

A second ‘judge’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced Volodymyr Balukh to three years and seven months’ imprisonment on overtly falsified charges after an identical sentence had to be revoked. The second ‘trial’ was just as flawed as the first, leaving no doubt that Balukh is being persecuted for the Ukrainian flag he continued to fly over his home after Russia’s invasion and for his unwavering opposition to Russian occupation. | detail

Visits 1741
16.01.2018

Mustafa Dzhemilev: Russian methods of repression in Crimea worse than Soviet times

Mustafa Dzhemilev says that the armed searches that Russia’s FSB carry out now in occupied Crimea are far worse than those of their Soviet predecessors. This is not the first time that the veteran Crimean Tatar leader who spent 15 years in the Soviet political labour camps, has pointed to a level of lawlessness under Russian occupation which goes beyond that of the Soviet totalitarian regime | detail

Visits 3549
12.01.2018

10 thousand Crimeans forced to serve in Russian occupying army

Russia is continuing to violate international law by conscripting young Crimeans into the army of an occupying state, and prosecuting those who refuse to do military service.  Conscription is also forming part of Russia’s mounting persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  | detail

Visits 1777
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