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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The Council of Europe is considering reinstating Russia’s voting rights which were withdrawn after Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014.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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01.12.2017

Russia to police history textbooks for ‘correct’ position on events in Ukraine & especially Crimea

Russia’s Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) has issued instructions to check out history textbooks for their coverage of events in Ukraine in 2013-14, with the main concern being Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, which Moscow calls ‘the reunification of Crimea’. | detail

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29.11.2017

No let up in persecution of pro-Ukrainian activist & torment of his elderly mother in Russian-occupied Crimea

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has yet again extended the detention of Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh, despite the clear illegality of the move even according to Russian law, Balukh’s serious health issues and the fact that his elderly mother, who is going blind, has been left without any support.  | detail

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28.11.2017

Crimean Tatars prosecuted for legal pickets and the truth about persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea

In its zeal to prevent the truth being told about its political repression in occupied Crimea, Russia is even flouting its own legislation.  At very least three Crimean Tatars are now facing administrative charges for entirely legal single-person pickets on October 14. | detail

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27.11.2017

Russia jails four respected Crimean Tatars and spreads lies about ‘machine guns & drugs’ to discredit the Mejlis

Any doubt that the FSB arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea on November 23 which caused the death of Vedzhie Kashka, 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, were a special operation aimed at discrediting Crimean Tatars and theMejlis have been dispelled.   Russian and Kremlin-loyal Crimean media have come out with lies about supposed “ammunition, drugs and material of an extremist nature” found during the searches “of Mejlis” members. | detail

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27.11.2017

Number of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners rises well above 60

The Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners were waited for in vain at countless airports throughout the world on November 26. There are now well over 60 known prisoners, held on spurious charges, and the number has risen alarmingly over recent months. | detail

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24.11.2017

Russia causes the death of revered veteran of the Crimean Tatar National Movement, then tries to hide it

83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka, victim of the 1944 Deportation and veteran of the non-violent struggle of the Crimean Tatar people for their rights, died on November 23 after Russian FSB officers burst into a restaurant where she had been sitting and tried to detain her. | detail

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20.11.2017

Russia intimidates parents to push Ukrainian out of schools in occupied Crimea

Despite an apparently clear commitment, Russia has done nothing to comply with the demands issued by the UN International Court of Justice back in April 2017.  The Crimean Tatar Mejlis remains banned, and the situation with the Ukrainian language, especially in Crimean schools is, if anything, more catastrophic. | detail

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17.11.2017

Court in Russian-occupied Crimea takes 5 minutes to jail Ukrainian academic for 5 years

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced internationally-known academic Dmytro Shtyblikov to five years’ maximum security imprisonment on wildly implausible ‘sabotage’ charges.  Shtyblikov had been prevented from seeing an independent lawyer for over a year, and there are very strong grounds for believing that physical or psychological pressure was used to get him to ‘confess’. | detail

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17.11.2017

Another Crimean Tatar taken away ‘voluntarily’ after armed search

The whereabouts are unknown of Mustafa Mustafaev who was taken away by the armed and masked men who burst into the home he shares with his wife, a teacher of Crimean Tatar, and their sons. Crimean Tatar activists also report the worrying shots fired at a Crimean Tatar man’s home and view it as another form of intimidation. | detail

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15.11.2017

Human Rights Watch: Persecution of Crimean Tatars intensifies

Human Rights Watch has issued a hard-hitting report in which it states that Russia is intensifying persecution of Crimean Tatars “with the apparent goal of completely silencing dissent on the peninsula.  It has finally devoted detailed attention to the increasing persecution of Crimean Muslims on concocted ‘terrorism’ or ‘extremism’ charges.  | detail

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14.11.2017

Sentsov thrown into punishment cell & sent to the Far North because of protests demanding his release

Ukrainian filmmaker and Kremlin hostage Oleg Sentsov has spent several terms in a punishment cell over recent months, including a two-week punishment as soon as he arrived at the harsh ‘White Bear’ prison colony north of the Arctic Circle. Both the penalties and the transfer to this most isolated of all prisons are linked with the mounting protest in his defence in Yakutia. | detail

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13.11.2017

Crimean savagely beaten for pro-Ukraine views faces jail on ‘extremism’ charges

The FSB in Russian-occupied Sevastopol have formally charged Ukrainian activist Ihor Movenko over a comment they allege he posted on a social media page in 2016 and which they ’noticed’ only after he persistently demanded an investigation into the brutal and unprovoked attack by a police officer that left him hospitalized.  He is accused of ‘public calls to carry out extremist activities’ and could face a sentence of up to five years’ imprisonment.  | detail

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10.11.2017

Ukrainian prisoner tortured in Russia for rejecting Russian citizenship

Hryhory Larionov was subjected to torture while illegally held in Russian prison colonies because of his refusal to take on Russian citizenship.  He is now planning to demand compensation from the Russian Federation both for the torture, and for the fact that he has been prevented from returning to Crimea.  He says that all prisoners who reject Russian citizenship face particularly bad treatment. | detail

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09.11.2017

Wives of Crimean Tatar Political Prisoners detained for many hours as Russia steps up terror tactics

Russia is not content with illegally imprisoning 25 Crimean Muslims on unproven charges of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a peaceful organization that is legal in Ukraine, and leaving 100 children without their fathers.  It has now turned to terrorizing and intimidating the wives and family friends of seven political prisoners, with the women detained, illegally held for many hours by FSB-controlled officers brandishing machine guns and interrogated.  They were finally released late on Wednesday evening, but only after an ambulance needed to be called for one of the women.   | detail

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09.11.2017

Russia wages major offensive against Crimean Tatar civic activists in occupied Crimea

One Crimean Tatar activist has been jailed for a legal solitary picket last month, another fined and several subjected to armed searches and interrogation in a new offensive against the civic initiative Crimean Solidarity and all those trying to publicize rights abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea.  | detail

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08.11.2017

Russia uses isolation, threats & closed trial to hide the one ’state secret’ of its Crimea sabotage plot

The trial of at least one of the Sevastopol Ukrainians whom Russia has accused of a ‘sabotage plot’ could be held behind closed doors.  The excuse given is that the case allegedly involves material containing state secrets. Scepticism is inevitable given the heavy pressure placed on the men to reject independent lawyers and admit ‘guilt’ and the fact that one of the men has already been sentenced on charges that bore no relation to the ‘confession on video’ that he gave, when showing obvious signs of having been beaten. | detail

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06.11.2017

FSB use power outage as pretext to detain Crimean Tatars

Several Crimean Tatars are known to have been illegally detained, including the brother of imprisoned human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku.   | detail

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03.11.2017

Abducted & tortured Crimean Tatar: “If I don’t speak out, they’ll come for others”

We cannot know how many Ukrainians the FSB have abducted and tortured in Russian-occupied Crimea to extract ‘confessions’ to non-existent crimes, however Renat Paralamov hopes that his refusal to remain silent can help prevent the number becoming even higher. | detail

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