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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

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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 3446
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

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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

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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

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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 1746
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 2938
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

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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 1999
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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13.08.2018

Mothers helpless as Russia risks the life of three Ukrainian political prisoners on hunger strike

Three Ukrainian mothers are watching, totally powerless, as their sons, imprisoned illegally in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea, become dangerously weak on hunger strike | detail

Visits 1654
10.08.2018

Russia imprisons Crimean Tatar philanthropist on an openly absurd pretext

A few sweets and biscuits purportedly found beyond their sell-by dates are, for the moment, the only pretext given for the arrest on 26 April, 2018 and ongoing imprisonment of Resul Veliliaev, a highly-respected Crimean Tatar businessman and philanthropist, and the Director of his firm, Ali Bariev. | detail

Visits 1745
09.08.2018

“The end is near”: Grave Fears for the Life of Kremlin hostage Oleg Sentsov

Ukrainian filmmaker and Kremlin hostage Oleg Sentsov is dangerously weak after 87 days on hunger strike. His cousin reports that the situation is "catastrophically bad" and that when Oleg speaks of the end being near, it is not release that he is referring to | detail

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08.08.2018

Back in the USSR: Russia uses Soviet methods to jam Ukrainian media in occupied Crimea

If Russia was confident of its support in occupied Crimea, there really would be no need to jam Ukrainian media.  Yet four and a half years after its invasion and annexation, it is still taking extensive measures to ensure that Crimeans are cut off from Ukrainian radio and television broadcasts.  | detail

Visits 1279
07.08.2018

Prosecution witness testifies for the defence in Russia’s latest ‘Crimea sabotage trial’

The ‘trial’ has begun in Russian occupied Crimea of an academic and former naval captain whom Russia has accused, without a scrap of evidence, of planning acts of sabotage on instructions from Ukraine’s military intelligence | detail

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