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05.07.2017

Crimean Tatar activists reject Russia sponsored attempt to foist a fake ‘Day of Joy’

Crimean Tatars have categorically rejected a proposal to establish a new ‘cheerful’ festival, ‘Avdet Kunyu’ or Day of the Return to Crimea and see it as an idea coming from "those who are depriving us of our Liberty, our Homeland and national identity" | detail

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04.07.2017

Russia puts Crimean Tatar political prisoner in punishment cell for six months

Ferat Saifullaev will be turning 34 on July 21, his third birthday in detention for his religious beliefs and political views. Please write to him, show him and Moscow that he is not forgotten! | detail

Visits 3724
03.07.2017

Russia prevents jailed Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz from attending his mother’s funeral

It is a son’s duty to lay his mother to rest. Russia had allowed Crimean Tatar political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz to see his dying mother for just ten minutes two weeks ago, and it has now prevented him from attending her funeral | detail

Visits 5716
30.06.2017

Detained for protesting seizure of a children’s camp in Russian-occupied Crimea

Elderly people and mothers with children were among those detained in Russian-occupied Simferopol on June 26 at a totally peaceful protest at plans to ‘nationalize’ the Salute Children’s Camp. | detail

Visits 2881
27.06.2017

United by persecution, Crimean Tatars celebrate National Flag Day

Russia has miscalculated with its persecution of Crimean Tatars for their national flag, their faith and / or their opposition to Russian occupation of their homeland | detail

Visits 5069
27.06.2017

Russia refuses to release Ukrainian jailed by mistake in occupied Crimea

Among the Ukrainians imprisoned since Russia’s invasion of Crimea for their opposition to annexation, their religious views or civic activism, one person stands out. Kabir Mohammad has been in custody now for nearly nine months because Russian border guards misread his name. Literally. | detail

Visits 2443
23.06.2017

Crimean Tatars face 10-year sentences for refusal to testify against innocent men

How do you provide false testimony for Russia’s FSB against your own uncle, or against fellow Crimean Tatars, fellow Muslims, whom you don’t know? Refat Alimov and Arsen Dzhepparov categorically refused, and have paid with their liberty. Both men are also being denied urgently required medical treatment | detail

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22.06.2017

Russian FSB ‘Expert’ in trial of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov doesn’t know the language

The trial of Ilmi Umerov for saying only what the UN and international community says about Russia’s occupation of Crimea was always going to seem grotesquely Kafkaesque. It has now transpired that Russia did not even (or could not) find an ‘expert’ willing to give testimony against the Crimean Tatar leader who actually knew Crimean Tatar. | detail

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21.06.2017

Russia gives imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz 10 minutes with his dying mother

Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Akhtem Chiygoz was allowed a meeting lasting only 10 minutes on Tuesday with his mother who is dying of cancer. Russia finally relented to that barest modicum of humanity after almost two weeks of rejecting any calls, despite the critical urgency of the situation | detail

Visits 7354
20.06.2017

Crimean Jehovah’s Witnesses told to renounce their faith or serve in occupiers’ army

A Crimean Jehovah’s Witness has been ordered to provide ‘proof of change of faith’ in order to be eligible for alternative civilian service. Russia is already in grave breach of international humanitarian law by conscripting young men on illegally occupied Ukrainian territory, and is now adding open religious repression | detail

Visits 25091
19.06.2017

Forensic tests overturn Russian FSB ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ story

Nothing is going right with Russia’s attempt to concoct a Ukrainian Crimea saboteur plot and trial. First it reports events that did not take place, then the FSB’s ‘confessions’ are retracted with three of the four men arrested confirming that they were obtained through torture. Now not a single DNA trace or fingerprint has been found to link Yevhen Panov and Andriy Zakhtei with the weapons they supposedly hid | detail

Visits 3394
15.06.2017

Russia is shooting itself in the foot by its trial of journalist in occupied Crimea

By staging show trials aimed at silencing opposition to annexation, Russia has drawn attention to the fact that its own legislation indicts Russian President Vladimir Putin and all those who helped him invade another country’s territory. | detail

Visits 4188
15.06.2017

German Scooter band breaches Crimea sanctions, incites fans to break the law

Not only has Germany’s Scooter band decided to flout international sanctions and ignore Russia’s grave human rights abuses in occupied Crimea, but it is also misleading its fans on its own website | detail

Visits 14987
12.06.2017

Russia refuses to let imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader see his gravely ill mother

There appear to be no depths that Russia and its court lackeys will not stoop to. Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader and recognized political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz has been refused permission to see his mother who is critically ill and has not seen her son for two years. | detail

Visits 5095
09.06.2017

Third ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ says Russia TV confession obtained through torture

Volodymyr Prysich, the fourth Ukrainian shown on Russian state television in August 2016 ‘confessing’ to ‘sabotage’ and ‘spying’ for Ukrainian military intelligence, has been sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment on a totally different charge . | detail

Visits 4485
08.06.2017

’Judge’ in Soviet-style trial of Crimean Tatar leader is wanted by Ukraine for treason

The first hearing on ‘the merits’ of the case against Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov has ended without any trace of merits visible. It was clear that the prosecution had amassed a vast amount of irrelevant documents and witness testimony so as to conceal the lack of any evidence, while attempting to present the semblance of a trial. | detail

Visits 2969
06.06.2017

Russian TV uses Crimean Tatar political prisoner to claim Ukraine is "funding terrorism"

The Crimean Ukrainians imprisoned in occupied Crimea or Russia on fabricated ‘terrorist’ charges are increasingly used as part of Russia’s propaganda war against Ukraine. The latest, from REN-TV, has come up with scurrilous lies about recognized political prisoner Nuri Primov and a visit from the Ukrainian consul. | detail

Visits 3246
05.06.2017

Crimean Tatar activist prosecuted for Facebook birthday greeting to Mustafa Dzhemilev

Rustem Mennanov has become the latest Crimean Tatar to be fined or jailed for innocuous social network posts. Such prosecutions are often pretexts for persecution, but also a form of intimidation and warning that even posts from years before Russia’s invasion of Crimea will be used for repressive purposes. | detail

Visits 6869
02.06.2017

Prophylactic FSB ‘Ukrainian saboteur’ charges in Russian-occupied Crimea

There are chilling indications that a well-known academic arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea on wildly implausible ‘diversion and sabotage’ charges and prevented from seeing an independent lawyer has been pressured into ‘admitting guilt’, enabling a court trial without any proof being required. | detail

Visits 3218
01.06.2017

Russia begins trial of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov by removing his defence lawyer

Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov is facing a five-year sentence for saying that Russia should leave Crimea and Donbas, with the preliminary hearing as parody-like as one would expect under such circumstances | detail

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