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13.08.2018

Mothers helpless as Russia risks the life of three Ukrainian political prisoners on hunger strike

Three Ukrainian mothers are watching, totally powerless, as their sons, imprisoned illegally in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea, become dangerously weak on hunger strike | detail

Visits 1125
10.08.2018

Russia imprisons Crimean Tatar philanthropist on an openly absurd pretext

A few sweets and biscuits purportedly found beyond their sell-by dates are, for the moment, the only pretext given for the arrest on 26 April, 2018 and ongoing imprisonment of Resul Veliliaev, a highly-respected Crimean Tatar businessman and philanthropist, and the Director of his firm, Ali Bariev. | detail

Visits 1423
09.08.2018

“The end is near”: Grave Fears for the Life of Kremlin hostage Oleg Sentsov

Ukrainian filmmaker and Kremlin hostage Oleg Sentsov is dangerously weak after 87 days on hunger strike. His cousin reports that the situation is "catastrophically bad" and that when Oleg speaks of the end being near, it is not release that he is referring to | detail

Visits 10612
08.08.2018

Back in the USSR: Russia uses Soviet methods to jam Ukrainian media in occupied Crimea

If Russia was confident of its support in occupied Crimea, there really would be no need to jam Ukrainian media.  Yet four and a half years after its invasion and annexation, it is still taking extensive measures to ensure that Crimeans are cut off from Ukrainian radio and television broadcasts.  | detail

Visits 986
07.08.2018

Prosecution witness testifies for the defence in Russia’s latest ‘Crimea sabotage trial’

The ‘trial’ has begun in Russian occupied Crimea of an academic and former naval captain whom Russia has accused, without a scrap of evidence, of planning acts of sabotage on instructions from Ukraine’s military intelligence | detail

Visits 459
06.08.2018

Ukrainian political prisoner freed after Russia takes full revenge for Maidan

Oleksandr Kostenko has been released from a Russian prison after being forced to serve a legally absurd sentence to the end.  He is one of two Ukrainians, together with Andriy Kolomiyets, sentenced under Russian legislation on charges related to Euromaidan in Ukraine, over which Russia can have no jurisdiction. | detail

Visits 790
03.08.2018

Russia brings in Putin’s ‘National Guard’ ‘to prevent sabotage’ or crush protest in occupied Crimea

Bases are to be set up for Putin’s National Guard [Rosgvardia] in three cities in occupied Crimea. The official line is that this is needed to protect Russia’s illegal Crimea Bridge from ‘Ukrainian saboteurs’.  Many suspect, however, that the real aim is to have this army of specially trained fighters on hand to crush any protests | detail

Visits 1110
31.07.2018

Another Ukrainian tortured for Russian TV ‘confession’ jailed on different charges

Another supposed ‘Crimean saboteur’, Hliv Shabliy,  whose ‘confession’ was widely shown on Russian television, has been declared a political prisoner bafter a trial and conviction that bore no relation to his confession | detail

Visits 801
30.07.2018

Crimean Tatar political prisoner threatened with more charges for not helping the FSB persecute others

Ruslan Zeytullaev has once again demonstrated the courage he showed during Russia’s fabricated ‘trial’ of him and three other Crimean Muslims by refusing to give testimony against one of the latest Crimean political prisoners, despite threats of further criminal charges | detail

Visits 855
27.07.2018

Ukraine to provide support to families of political prisoners held in Russia and Crimea

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has finally adopted a resolution which will help the families of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners pay for lawyers, as well as visits where the men are held somewhere in Russia.  Although there may be issues to be clarified, this is undoubtedly a much needed move | detail

Visits 916
26.07.2018

Russia tackled at the UN over torture in occupied Crimea

Russia’s presentation of its 6th Periodic Report to the UN Committee against Torture is taking place this year with the enforced involvement of Ukrainian human rights NGOs, who have presented a devastating ‘alternative report’ on Russia’s use of torture in occupied Crimea. | detail

Visits 1118
25.07.2018

Ukrainian gets double sentence for ‘hostility to Russia’ over annexation of Crimea

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has upheld a shockingly high 8-year sentence on Hennady Lymeshko, a young father from the Kharkiv oblast and one of the ever-increasing number of Ukrainians whom Russia’s FSB forces to ‘confess’ on camera to supposed ‘sabotage plots’. | detail

Visits 1029
24.07.2018

‘Preliminary’ terrorization of civic activists and lawyers in occupied Crimea

Gulsum Alieva is the latest of a number of Crimean civic activists and lawyers who are facing so-called ‘pre-criminal investigation checks, aimed at silencing dissident voices in occupied Crimea or forcing those targeted into exile | detail

Visits 814
20.07.2018

Crimean Tatar, jailed on fake extremism charges, refuses to be cowered into silence

Ismail Ramazanov has lodged a formal complaint accusing an investigator from the Russian Investigative Committee of falsifying the evidence in his case, an act of considerable courage in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 982
19.07.2018

They terrorize children in Russian-occupied Crimea & then they come to do it again

As feared, it has taken Russia just three days after the end of the World Cup to again revert to political repression in occupied Crimea with the target this time a young woman who has had a serious medical condition since childhood | detail

Visits 3095
17.07.2018

With Trump on his side, Putin admits Russia staged the ‘referendum’ to annex Crimea

Vladimir Putin was clearly feeling emboldened by the coup that US President Trump gave him through the 16 July summit, and did not even bother to hide behind his customary subterfuge about Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea | detail

Visits 6710
16.07.2018

Flats for Treason in Russian-occupied Crimea

Anybody wondering how repressive regimes find the ‘judges’, ‘prosecutors’ and ‘police’ needed for politically-motivated arrests and trials, should look to Crimea under Russian occupation.  Although Moscow sent in Viktor Palagin and other Russians with a track record in repression to take up top posts in the FSB [security service], it also applied various ‘incentives’ to encourage Crimeans to switch allegiance.  One of the most corrupting of such incentives is housing.  | detail

Visits 1227
13.07.2018

Defiant cries of ‘Glory to Ukraine!’ as Russia sentences Panov to 8 years for exposing ‘Crimean saboteur’ scam

Yevhen Panov has been sentenced to eight years in Russian-occupied Crimea on ‘sabotage’ charges for which there is not a scrap of evidence.  The sentence was met with cries of “Glory to Ukraine” from Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian activists who had come to show support, an act of no small courage under Russian occupation | detail

Visits 1273
13.07.2018

Oleg Sentsov’s Last Birthday in Russian captivity and 61st day on hunger strike

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is turning 42 on 13 July.  It will be his fourth birthday in a Russian prison, and must be his last. The Kremlin’s most famous Ukrainian hostage has been on hunger strike since 14 May and has made it clear that he will not give up until Russia releases him and other Ukrainian political prisoners | detail

Visits 2359
11.07.2018

Russia hides imprisoned Ukrainian human rights activist on hunger strike

Ukrainian political prisoner Emir-Usein Kuku “has been returned” to the Russian prison from where he disappeared on the morning of 10 July. It is possible that the secrecy about Kuku’s whereabouts was to prevent his lawyer from seeing the human rights activist who has been on hunger strike since 26 June | detail

Visits 1384
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