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02.04.2018

“I can’t afford to show cowardice” - Ukrainian jailed for not betraying Ukraine in Russian-occupied Crimea resists pressure to end hunger strike

Almost two weeks after political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh went on hunger strike in Russian-occupied Crimea, his lawyer has only just been able to see him.  She reports that he is looking thin and gaunt, and that the SIZO [remand prison] staff are putting pressure on him to end his hunger strike. | detail

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30.03.2018

Ukraine to seek arrest of Russian planes abroad for flying to Crimea

Ukraine is fed up with Russian airlines not paying the 5 billion UAH they owe for illegal flights to Crimea & plan to seek the arrest of the planes when they land in other countries. While hurdles are inevitable, the move will raise important – and uncomfortable – questions about appropriate measures against brazen violations of international law and sanctions. | detail

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27.03.2018

Russia refuses to investigate the abduction of prominent Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov

The supposed investigation into the abduction of Ervin Ibragimov, Crimean Tatar activist and member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars Executive Committee was abandoned in Russian-occupied Crimea without ever really being started.  Given the video footage from May 24, 2016, showing Ibragimov being dragged away by men in uniform, the lies told and resistance to any real investigation look damning.  | detail

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23.03.2018

Crimean Tatar civic journalist jailed for reporting repression in Russian occupied Crimea

Nariman Memedeminov has been arrested on spurious ‘terrorism’ charges concocted over YouTube videos posted back in 2012. This is a flagrant attack on civic journalists who in conditions of Russian censorship and control of the media provide vital information about human rights violations | detail

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22.03.2018

FSB professional ‘denouncers’ used for multiple political trials in occupied Crimea

The regularity with which certain ‘judges’ appear in politically-motivated cases in Russian-occupied Crimea has long been the subject of scrutiny.  Lawyers and journalists have recently identified at least two ‘witnesses’ who seem to be migrating from one political trial to another, and there are multiple cases where the supposed ‘witnesses for the prosecution’ are either people whom the FSB brought with them, or people who signed unread documents under duress.  | detail

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21.03.2018

Crimean Tatar political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz & a schoolboy’s letter that gave him strength to fight on

Just how much our letters mean to Ukrainians held in Russian captivity became movingly clear during a very special meeting on 19 March between former political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz and 14-year-old Bohdan Fenechok.  “Where is my friend?”, Chiygoz asked, after entering a classroom in Lviv.  Bohdan stepped forward and the two embraced  (see the video) | detail

Visits 1379
20.03.2018

Russia expands its children’s army in occupied Crimea

200 very young Sevastopol schoolchildren have been ‘sworn in’ to the Russian Defence Ministry’s ‘Youth Army’ [Yunarmia], a formation which has been likened to Hitlerjugend and other “formations in which young people became tools of totalitarian regimes in Europe” | detail

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20.03.2018

Crimean political prisoner declares hunger strike amid unrelenting persecution for pro-Ukrainian stand

Volodymyr Balukh has declared an indefinite hunger strike in protest at the three and a half year sentence on grossly falsified charges imposed by a ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 931
16.03.2018

Russia uses loyal ‘observers’ and repression for illegal elections in occupied Crimea

As expected, Russia has invited unwavering supporters from different countries to act as supposed ‘observers’ of the presidential elections which it is illegally holding in occupied Crimea. | detail

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15.03.2018

Mounting Soviet-style jamming of independent media & hate speech in Russian-occupied Crimea

If in Soviet times, it was the BBC and other western broadcasters whose radio stations were jammed, it is now Ukrainian Internet sites that Russia is either totally or partially blocking in occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 907
13.03.2018

Crimean Tatars threatened with dismissal for not taking part in illegal Russian ‘elections’

Nobody seriously doubts the outcome of Russia’s presidential ‘elections’ on 18 March, but Vladimir Putin does not want a pitiful turnout to mar the beginning of his fourth official term in office.  Just like in Soviet times, all efforts are underway to persuade or force people to give the right veneer to this electoral farce, especially in occupied Crimea where Russia is holding the elections illegally. | detail

Visits 1791
12.03.2018

Russia doubles war crimes against Crimeans forced to serve in occupier’s army

Young Crimean conscripts have approached human rights activists complaining of demands that they renounce their Ukrainian citizenship.  This alone is a war crime, but so too is Russia’s ongoing conscription of young men on territory it is illegally occupying . | detail

Visits 1525
06.03.2018

Russia condemned for launching ‘machine of wholesale persecution’ in occupied Crimea

On the eve of his 47th birthday, his third in Russian captivity, Crimean Tatar father of four, Muslim Aliev has been declared a political prisoner, together with five other Crimean Muslims, now on trial in Russia.  The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has given a devastating analysis of the charges Aliev, human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku; Refat Alimov; Enver Bekirov; Arsen Dzhepparov; and Vadim Siruk are facing, and the machine for wholesale persecutions which Russia is now illegally using in occupied Crimea.  | detail

Visits 1495
05.03.2018

Arrests with torture of ‘witnesses’ in Russian-occupied Crimea

A number of searches and arrests were carried out in Simferopol and Sevastopol on March 2, with at least the measures against left-wing activist Alexei Shestakovych reported to have been with the use of torture.  This is not the first time that Shestakovych has faced repressive measures under Russian occupation, although he and another four or five men were allegedly targeted as ‘witnesses’ in the politically motivated prosecution of Yevpatoria activist Yevhen Karakashev.  | detail

Visits 866
03.03.2018

Crimean Tatar tortured to death for silent protest - Hero of Ukraine and symbol of Russian lawlessness

It is four years since Reshat Ametov was abducted from his silent protest at Russia’s invasion of his native Crimea and savagely tortured to death.  On the eve of the anniversary, President Petro Poroshenko entrusted to Refat Ametov his brother’s Hero of Ukraine honour and posthumous Gold Star award.    | detail

Visits 2718
02.03.2018

Crimean Tatar activist sentenced for Facebook comment that Crimea is and always will be Ukraine

Suleyman Kadyrov has been convicted by a ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea of ‘making public calls to violate Russia’s territorial integrity’  for writing on Facebook that “Crimea is Ukraine.  It always was, is and will be”.   He received a two-year suspended sentence, with a ban on any ‘public activities’ for the same period | detail

Visits 1417
27.02.2018

Crimean Tatar woman attacked for protesting Russia’s destruction of 16th century Khan’s Palace

28-year-old Elmaz Akimova was harassed on 25 February for her peaceful protest over the “shocking vandalism under the guise of restoration” which is destroying the Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai | detail

Visits 1727
26.02.2018

Join in Solidarity with Oleg Sentsov & other victims of Russia’s occupation of Crimea

It is four years since a huge pro-Ukrainian unity demonstration in Simferopol on 26 February 2014 foiled Russia’s plans for an illicit coup d’état.  It is an appropriate, yet poignant Day of Crimean Resistance given the huge price paid by the Crimean Tatar leaders and other Ukrainians who peacefully stood in defence of Ukraine on that day and later, | detail

Visits 1367
23.02.2018

Siemens is not alone in helping Russia to breach sanctions over Crimea

Siemens is continuing its attempts to present itself as the aggrieved party over the delivery of Siemens gas turbines to Russian-occupied Crimea.  The grounds for disbelieving them are strong enough to make it critical that both the German prosecutor and the EU respond.  It is also vital that the loop-holes in sanction documents or deliberate sanction-bypassing methods, used by major companies, such as Adidas, Metro Cash & Carry,  Auchan, Volkswagen, DHL, Visa and Mastercard are also challenged. | detail

Visits 3675
23.02.2018

Crimean Tatar prosecuted in Russian-occupied Crimea for trying to see her political prisoner husband

Fera Abdullaeva has been fined by a court in Russian-occupied Crimea for trying to stand where she could see her political prisoner husband Uzeir Abdullaev as he was brought to yet another closed detention hearing on December 8, 2017.  There are no grounds for holding these ‘court’ detention hearings behind closed doors, and none either for the prosecution of the young Crimean Tatar woman . | detail

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