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21.06.2018

Mother of Crimean Tatar political prisoner declares hunger strike

68-year-old Rayme Ceyityaya (Primova) has gone on a hunger strike, demanding the release of her son, Nuri Primov, one of Russia’s first Crimean political prisoners.  Her own state of health makes any hunger strike of immediate danger, however she has resisted all attempts to dissuade her, saying she has no other way to help save her son | detail

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20.06.2018

Sentences passed in Russia’s most openly lawless anti-Crimean Tatar ‘trial’

A ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has passed suspended sentences against five Crimean Tatars accused, as had been Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Akhtem Chiygoz, of taking part in a perfectly legal pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia had no jurisdiction | detail

Visits 1562
20.06.2018

Russian jailed for defence of Sentsov, Balukh and other political prisoners during World Cup

Even according to Russia’s repressive legislation, Dmitry Kalinychev’s solitary pickets are legal, however the Kremlin has clearly ordered a crackdown on any protest during the World Cup, together with the removal of down-and-outs and slaughter of hundreds of stray dogs | detail

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18.06.2018

Russia refuses access to Ukrainian political prisoners Oleg Sentsov & Mykola Karpyuk

Russia has prevented Ukrainian Human Rights Ombudsman Ludmila Denisova from visiting two recognized political prisoners, first Oleg Sentsov, and then Mykola Karpyuk.  The excuse given in Sentsov’s case is particularly cynical and of major concern since the renowned Ukrainian filmmaker has now been on hunger strike for well over a month | detail

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18.06.2018

The FSB just can’t get the plot right for its Crimean academic ‘saboteur’ trials

The ‘trial’ in Russian-occupied Crimea of two men arrested 18 months ago in the FSB’s second ‘Ukrainian saboteur’ plot has been delayed because of fatal contradictions between the indictment and evidence | detail

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15.06.2018

Jailed Crimean Tatar human rights activist says that FSB prove that Russia has changed little since Stalin era

In a recent appeal, Emir-Usein Kuku notes that Russia’s FSB are not in the slightest bothered by the absurdity of the charges they have brought against him and five other Crimean Muslims. "They falsify supposed ‘evidence of guilt’ in the darkest tradition of the NKVD, demonstrating that in modern Russia little has changed since Stalin’s times" | detail

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15.06.2018

European Parliament demands Russia Free Oleg Sentsov & 70 other Ukrainian political prisoners

There are countless reasons why the 2018 World Cup should not provide its host country Russia with an image success, but one is extremely urgent.  Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has now been on hunger strike for over a month and has made it clear he will not give up until all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia and occupied Crimea are released .  | detail

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13.06.2018

Ukrainian MP helps Russian disinformation campaign against Oleg Sentsov

Classic disinformation tactics aimed at suggesting, falsely, that “not all is clear” about Russia’s ‘trial’ and imprisonment of Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko have, frustratingly been used by Ukrainian MP Yevhen Muraev, his channel and at least one other | detail

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11.06.2018

Russian FSB remove incriminating videos of the arrest and death of Crimean Tatar veteran Vedzhie Kashka

Vital CCTV footage showing the extraordinary FSB arrest of 83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka that caused her death  has vanished, almost certainly because it would show excessive violence used against the world-renowned veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement.  | detail

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07.06.2018

Russia steps up fight against Crimean Tatars, not terrorism before the World Cup

Any football fans believing that Russia’s security service is out there in the run-up to the World Cup working to ensure their safety should think again.  There are much easier ways for Russia’s FSB to enhance their ‘anti-terrorism’ statistics, while also demonstrating loyalty to the Kremlin and thus improving their chances of promotion. | detail

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06.06.2018

Call for Political Boycott of the World Cup in Russia until the Kremlin’s Ukrainian hostages are freed

An appeal to the representatives of countries who are expected to travel to the World Cup football games in Russia | detail

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06.06.2018

Ukrainian political prisoner faces huge sentence for not ‘confessing’ to Russian FSB ‘Crimea sabotage’ plot

Russia’s FSB are most brutal with those political prisoners who refuse, even under torture and threats, to ‘confess’ to non-existent crimes. This was seen with Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and Yevhen Panov has been threatened with the same 20-year sentence | detail

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05.06.2018

Juncker should demand Russia stops its aggression, war crimes & repression, not an end to ‘Russia bashing’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has demanded an end to what he called “Russia-bashing” and said that it is time to “reconnect with Russia”.   | detail

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04.06.2018

Russia is holding over 70 Ukrainian Political Prisoners of War

Russia’s political persecution of Ukrainians coincided with its invasion and annexation of Crimea, and has continued unabated. Oleg Sentsov’s indefinite hunger strike has renewed demands for his release, however he has vowed to continue until Russia release all political prisoners [LIST and DETAILS] | detail

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04.06.2018

Crimean Tatar beaten so he couldn’t stand in court & jailed for alleged comments about Russians

Ismail Ramazanov remains imprisoned five months after he brutally beaten up by FSB and other enforcement officers in Russian-occupied Crimea who demanded he ‘confess’ to non-existent crimes | detail

Visits 1364
01.06.2018

Russia ‘prosecutes’ Ukrainian Constitutional Court judges for finding its annexation of Crimea illegal

Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a ‘criminal investigation’ against 15 judges of Ukraine’s Constitutional Court for acting in full compliance with Ukraine’s Constitution and international law.  This, the Investigative Committee [IC] claims, was ‘discrimination’ | detail

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01.06.2018

Kremlin Political Prisoner Oleksandr Kolchenko joins Oleg Sentsov in a hunger strike equivalent to suicide:

Oleksander Kolchenko, the already desperately thin Crimean civic activist imprisoned in the same Russian show trial as filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has declared a hunger strike, demanding that Russia free Sentsov | detail

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28.05.2018

Detained in Moscow for demanding that Russia #FreeSentsov

As concern mounts over Oleg Sentsov’s indefinite hunger strike, Russians have been detained for legal single-person pickets in his defence and French President Macron has been called upon to act as intermediary in securing Sentsov’s release. | detail

Visits 1465
24.05.2018

Crimean Tatar National Congress delegate seized and beaten on anniversary of Ervin Ibragimov’s abduction

Asan Egiz, delegate of the Qurultay  [National Congress] of the Crimean Tatar people, was abducted on 23 May by men in police uniform.  This was a chillingly brazen repeat of the abduction and disappearance exactly two years ago of another prominent Crimean Tatar Ervin Ibragimov with the only difference being that Asan Egiz was, thankfully, found, beaten, but alive. | detail

Visits 1218
24.05.2018

Russia admits complicity in abduction of Crimean Tatar activist through refusal to investigate

It is two years since 31-year-old Ervin Ibragimov, member of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, was abducted by men in road patrol uniform from near his home in Bakhchysarai.  Despite video footage showing the abduction, the Russian occupation regime effectively never carried out a real investigation, which has only heightened the suspicion that enforcement officers or paramilitary organizations were responsible | detail

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