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04.05.2017

‘Witnesses’ in hiding from Russia’s Soviet trial of Ukrainian journalist in Crimea

It was unfortunately only the latest hearing that got cancelled on World Press Freedom Day, not the insane criminal charges that Russia has brought against Crimean journalist Mykola Semena for exercising freedom of speech | detail

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26.04.2017

Crimean Tatar Ruslan Zeytullaev gets 12-year sentence to meet Russian FSB quota

Russian judges have done what they’re told and sentenced Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev to 12 years’ maximum security because the FSB needed an ‘organizer’ for its paperwork. The retrial and this sentence are especially chilling since there are three other men charged under the same type of quota, and they face even harsher sentences. | detail

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25.04.2017

Russian FSB radically changes the plot in its ‘Crimean saboteur’ trial

Nine months have passed since Russia tried vainly to convince the international community that Ukraine’s military had mounted armed ‘incursions’ on Russian-occupied Ukrainian Crimea. | detail

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24.04.2017

Jailed & refused urgently needed medical care for not collaborating with FSB

There are strong grounds for believing that Crimean Tatar political prisoner Arsen Dzhepparov has been in detention since April 2016 because of his refusal to act as an FSB informer. He is now being refused an urgently needed operation and is in a very bad state of health. This, his lawyer Dzhemil Temishev stresses, is no longer merely pressure on the young man, and can only be described as torture. | detail

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22.04.2017

Russian prosecutor demands 17 years for Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev

Looking gaunt and frail after 18 days without food, Ruslan Zeytullaev spoke from court on Friday, thanking all those Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians who have expressed their support, but refusing to end his hunger strike until the verdict is handed down | detail

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21.04.2017

Russian FSB resorts to flagrant falsification to jail Ukrainian activist in Crimea

Well-known Russian lawyer Dmitry Dinze has warned a Crimean court that even under Russian legislation it faces criminal liability for imprisoning people on the basis of overtly rigged evidence. The warning was issued with good cause shortly after Dinze took up the defence of Volodymyr Balukh, a Ukrainian activist in Russian-occupied Crimea arrested days after he hung up a plaque honouring the slain victims of Maidan. | detail

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20.04.2017

UN Court at the Hague orders Russia to stop persecuting Crimean Tatar Mejlis

The International Court of Justice’s decision on April 19 on Ukraine’s suit against Russia may have rejected one request for provisional measures, but its intercession on behalf of Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians facing persecution in occupied Crimea and its recognition of jurisdiction made this an important victory for Ukraine | detail

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20.04.2017

Russia refuses to investigate torture of Ukrainian it jailed in revenge for Euromaidan

Russia’s Supreme Court has rejected two cassation appeals against the overtly lawless imprisonment in Russia of a Ukrainian convicted of an unprovable ‘offence’ allegedly committed in the capital of Ukraine during Euromaidan | detail

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19.04.2017

Mustafa Dzhemilev calls on Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev to end hunger strike

You cannot stir the conscience of those who have none. Primarily for that reason, Mustafa Dzhemiliev, veteran Crimean Tatar leader and former political prisoner, has called on Ruslan Zeytullaev to end his hunger strike. The Crimean Tatar political prisoner has been without food now for 15 days, and after over 2 years of imprisonment in appalling conditions, there are real grounds for concern. | detail

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18.04.2017

Crimean Tatar political prisoner punished in Russia for refusal to act as informer

Rustem Vaitov has been punished for refusing to inform on other prisoners and Russia is ignoring the European Court of Human Rights by imprisoning him, Ferat Saifullaev and Nuri Primov thousands of kilometres from their families. All of them have children | detail

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14.04.2017

Batons & gunshots in new arrests of Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea

Two Crimean Tatars have been jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea for so-called ‘propaganda of extremism’ after armed and masked officers, including from Putin’s ’Rozgvardiya’, burst into their homes early on April 13. Five other men, two middle-aged men with serious health problems were also detained, some beaten and four of them later jailed for up to 7 days. | detail

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13.04.2017

Crimean Tatar placed on Russia’s List of Extremists & Deprived of Pension for Calling Crimea Ukraine

Suleiman Kadyrov has become the latest Ukrainian to be added to Russia’s ‘List of Terrorists and Extremists’ for openly calling Crimea part of Ukraine. The 54-year-old retired policeman faces a 5-year prison sentence for what Russia is calling ‘public calls to activities aimed at violating Russia’s territorial integrity’ | detail

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12.04.2017

Pro-Ukrainian victim of savage attack faces ’extremism’ sentence for Crimea is Ukraine post

Ukrainian activist Ihor Movenko is facing criminal prosecution in Russian-occupied Crimea for so-called ‘extremism’, 7 months after a vicious attack on the 39-year-old from Sevastopol resulted in administrative charges against the victim, and no criminal investigation against the man who attacked him. | detail

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11.04.2017

Russia breaches international law forcing Crimeans to serve in occupying army

Nearly 5 thousand young Crimeans are to be conscripted into Russia’s army in 2017, with Russia thus openly flouting the UN General Assembly and the Fourth Geneva Convention. For the first time since Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, Crimeans will be sent to regions of the Russian Federation | detail

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10.04.2017

Russia turns to closed courts for political prisoners in occupied Crimea

Courts in Russian-occupied Crimea have now begun banning relatives and friends from attending court hearings – the only chance many have of seeing the imprisoned men. Most incredibly, the FSB has now told a court that the men should remain in custody as they are recognized internationally as political prisoners! | detail

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07.04.2017

2 Crimean Tatars on trial for a pre-annexation pro-Ukraine rally released under house arrest

Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy are home with their families after almost two years in custody. Both are under house arrest and their surreal trial is continuing, but at least they have been freed from custody. Russia is continuing to hold Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Akhtem Chiygoz in custody and prevent him from even attending his own trial | detail

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06.04.2017

Crimean supporters of Russian annexation jailed after criticizing ruling party

Journalist Alexei Nazimov and Alushta City Council deputy Pavel Stepanchenko have been held in custody in Russian-occupied Crimea for over 6 months. The charges keep changing, but the men are essentially accused of extorting money for agreeing not to publish compromising information in a newspaper that had long ceased publication. | detail

Visits 2443
06.04.2017

Ukrainian jailed in occupied Crimea because someone with a different name is wanted by Interpol

Kabir Mohammad, a Ukrainian citizen originally from Afghanistan and his Ukrainian family have paid a high price for their attempted visit on September 14, 2016. Mohammad was seized by Russian border guards that day because a person with a different name but same country of origin is on Interpol’s wanted list | detail

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05.04.2017

Crimean Tatar political prisoner declares hunger strike

Ruslan Zeytullaev, one of the first men tried for unproven involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine has demanded an end to persecution of his people, and announced a hunger strike until specific demands are met. Zeytullaev addressed his demands to the Russian military court in Rostov where he is currently being retried after his initial sentence was quashed as spoiling the FSB’s story | detail

Visits 3140
04.04.2017

Blacklist exposes judges involved in political persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea

The Crimea Human Rights Group has collated important information about all judges involved in illegally imprisoning Ukrainian citizens in Russian-occupied Crimea. The blacklist will provide vital documentation for international courts as well as evidence to back demands for the individuals to face Ukrainian and international sanctions. | detail

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