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02.01.2018

Russian FSB “make their careers” by jailing Crimean Muslims on fake ’terrorism’ & ’extremism’ charges

For FSB officers in Russian-occupied Crimea, armed searches, arrests and imprisonment of Ukrainian Muslims are the road to career success.  According to human rights expert, Vitaly Ponomaryov, Russia has used anti-extremism legislation to launch “a conveyor belt of political repression where you can be sentenced on the basis of spurious cases which have little in common with reality”. | detail

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27.12.2017

Ukrainian activist sentenced in occupied Crimea for ‘anti-Russian’ Facebook posts

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has passed a 2-year suspended sentence on 54-year-old Larisa Kitaiska, a businesswoman and former Maidan activist, over supposed ‘Russophobic’ posts on Facebook . | detail

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26.12.2017

Our letters help keep Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners out of danger

Moscow is holding over 60 Ukrainian political prisoners in occupied Crimea and Russia, with many. like Oleg Sentsov and Ruslan Zeytullaev, held thousands of kilometres from their children.  Every letter sent to them is “a breath of freedom”, civic activists stress.  It is also an important message to the Kremlin that the men are not forgotten, with this having very direct impact on their treatment. | detail

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26.12.2017

FSB terrorize, arrest and even jail the elderly in Russian-occupied Crimea

An exiled member of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis [representative assembly] has issued an angry statement after his elderly parents became the latest target of the FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea.  The summoning of Eskender Bariev’s 84-year-old father, 79-year-old mother and other close relatives for interrogation comes less than a month after an extraordinary attempt to arrest 83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka led to the death of that internationally renowned veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement | detail

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22.12.2017

Putin rival Sobchak defends Crimean Tatar activist on trial for saying, like her, that Crimea Is Ukraine

The ‘trial’ has begun in Russian-occupied Crimea of Suleyman Kadyrov who is facing a possible 5-year sentence for a Facebook comment stating that Crimea is Ukraine – just like Russian presidential candidate Ksenya Sobchak who has spoken out in Kadyrov’s defence | detail

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20.12.2017

UN hammers Russia over human rights abuse in illegally occupied Crimea

The UN General Assembly has passed a vital resolution on the human rights situation in Crimea which recognizes that Russia’s illegal occupation is an international armed conflict and gives victims of abuse wider scope to defend their rights.  Ukrainian human rights organizations played a major role in drawing up the document which refers to binding international law and covers abuse that had previously received too little attention. | detail

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19.12.2017

Russia confirms ban on independent journalists & freedom of speech in occupied Crimea

The High Court in Russian-occupied Crimea has upheld the two and a half year suspended sentence passed on 67-year-old Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena for expressing the position of the UN, EU, Council of Europe and international community regarding Russia’s occupation of Crimea. | detail

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19.12.2017

Mass ‘trials’ of Crimean Tatars for legal pickets against repression in Russian-occupied Crimea

By the end of a wave of new repressive prosecutions, Russia will have extorted close on one million roubles from up to 86 Crimean Tatars whose protests were in full compliance with the occupying state’s draconian anti-protest legislation. | detail

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18.12.2017

Vedzhie Kashka: “Is it really such a crime to be Crimean Tatar?”

An appeal written by Vedzhie Kashka over forty years ago was made public * two weeks after Russia’s attempt to arrest the 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement caused her death.  Her questions back in 1974 as to why the Soviet authorities were trying to drive her family out of Crimea seem bitterly relevant to the present situation where Crimean Tatars are once again under attack.  | detail

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18.12.2017

Russia’s Selective Takedowns Of Critics Of Its Crimea Seizure

Since its seizure of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, Russia has used a statute criminalizing public calls for separatism to jail at least a half dozen people for criticizing that land grab. It appears presidential hopeful Ksenia Sobchak, who has voiced similar dissent, won’t be added to that list. | detail

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15.12.2017

Crimean Tatar political prisoner Bekir Degermendzhy is dangerously ill

After causing the death of 83-year-old veteran Crimean Tatar activist Vedzhie Kashka, Russia is endangering the life of 57-year-old Bekir Degermendzhy, arrested as part of a particularly cynical FSB attempt to discredit the Crimean Tatar Mejlis. | detail

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14.12.2017

Council of Europe will share responsibility for grave human rights violations if it gives in to Russia now

Crimean Tatar leaders, the sister of Russia’s youngest Ukrainian political prisoner and prominent Ukrainian human rights organizations have warned the Council of Europe against compromising its own values by giving in to pressure from Russia. There can be no grounds for reinstating Russia’s voting rights within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [PACE] while Russia continues its occupation of Crimea, military aggression in Donbas and escalating human rights abuse | detail

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13.12.2017

Crimean Tatar activist abducted, then prosecuted as Russia continues terror tactics against Crimea Solidarity

Rustem Osmanov, an activist from the civic initiative Crimea Solidarity, was taken from his home by unidentified men without insignia on Monday morning.  In comparison with at least three activists who are facing huge sentences for showing solidarity with political prisoners in Russian-occupied Crimea and their families, Osmanov was ‘lucky’ in merely being fined 10 thousand roubles on trumped up charges | detail

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11.12.2017

Imprisoned Crimean Tatar leaders reportedly exchanged for 2 suspected Russian state-sponsored killers

Reports in the media that Russia freed Crimean Tatar political prisoners Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov in exchange for two Russians accused of at least one political killing in Turkey cannot be confirmed or denied, however the Kremlin clearly has something to hide | detail

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08.12.2017

Russia jails Crimean Tatar for refusal to collaborate, his father for telling PACE about the case

Among those telling the world about the imprisonment on surreally lawless charges of Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz; Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy was Mustafa’s father, a veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement.  Now Bekir Degermendzhy has himself been imprisoned, on different, yet no less cynical, charges.  The 57-year-old suffers from severe asthma and should not be in detention under any circumstances | detail

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08.12.2017

Russian FSB ‘deports’ Ukrainian & his ‘terrorist’ dog from occupied Crimea

Oleksandr Kovalchuk, a Ukrainian citizen, has been forcibly deported from Crimea where he had been living since 2011.  Russia, which is illegally occupying Crimea, accused Kovalchuk of breaching Russia’s migration legislation – and his dog Teddy of ‘sabotage’ | detail

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06.12.2017

Russia adds a vital source of information about rights abuse in occupied Crimea to its list of ‘foreign agents’

Russia has used the recent requirement in the USA that its propaganda outlets RT and Sputnik register with FARA to add Krym.Realii, one of the only media resources providing information about politically-motivated prosecutions and other rights abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea to its list of ’foreign agents’ | detail

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05.12.2017

Russia set to begin its latest Crimean trial on ethnic and religious grounds

Safiye Kuku spent her 7th birthday outside a Crimean court on December 4 hoping in vain to see her father, human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku. At this last detention hearing before Kuku and five other men are taken to Russia for ‘trial’, the men’s wives and mothers were allowed to be present, but not the children. | detail

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04.12.2017

Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh released under ‘insane’ house arrest

After being jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea  for almost a year on flagrantly falsified charges, Ukrainian activist and farmer Volodymyr Balukh has been placed under house arrest.  While Balukh’s elderly mother is, of course, overjoyed, Balukh himself called the ruling ‘insane’, since it prohibits him from leaving the house (or using the Internet).  “Can you imagine it?  My mother will be spreading manure, looking after the farm, while I sit at home.   | detail

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01.12.2017

Council of Europe will betray its human rights mandate by giving in to Russia, Mr Jagland

The Council of Europe is considering reinstating Russia’s voting rights which were withdrawn after Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014.  Crimea remains under occupation  with ever-mounting human rights abuse, making the reference given to the Council of Europe’s ‘human rights mandate’ as excuse for removing sanctions seem particularly disingenuous. | detail

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