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18.10.2018

Russia stops calling the Kerch mass killing terrorism when it can’t blame Ukraine or Crimean Tatars

Russia has now decided that the killing of 18 teenagers and teachers in Kerch was multiple homicide, after officials and the media first claimed that Ukraine was behind the ’terrorism’ or that the believed killer “looked like a Tatar”. | detail

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16.10.2018

Crimean children take oath to serve as friends of the Russian FSB

Schoolchildren from Russian-occupied Kerch and neighbouring areas have taken part in new ceremonies highlighting the dangerous militarization that Russia has brought to Crimea and its attempts to indoctrinate children and young people | detail

Visits 2122
15.10.2018

Threats of prosecution to silence protest over new toxic emissions from Crimean Titanium factory

Amid mounting concern over new toxic emissions from the Crimean Titanium factory in Russian-occupied Armyansk, Kateryna Pyvovar called on other mothers to join her in at the city administration building to demand a meeting with its head, Vasily Telyzhenko.  Within a few hours, police had turned up at her door | detail

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12.10.2018

Russia fights Crimean Solidarity with long prison sentences and shattered childhoods

Said Asanov had always wanted to be an architect when he grew up.  Until October 11, 2017, when his childhood ended with the arrival of masked men brandishing machine guns who took his father away.  Now he plans to become a lawyer “to help people and to defend the innocent” | detail

Visits 1233
11.10.2018

Crimean Tatar political prisoner released under house arrest after likely stroke

65-year-old Asan Chapukh has finally been released from the notorious Simferopol SIZO [remand prison] although only under house arrest, with symptoms that independent doctors believe indicate a stroke | detail

Visits 482
10.10.2018

Russia seeks to crush Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea for helping resist Russification

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate has faced open attempts to drive it out of Crimea or underground since Russia’s invasion in 2014, and moves now underway to grant Ukraine’s Church autocephaly may intensify repressive measures | detail

Visits 1692
10.10.2018

Russia fakes popular referendum to justify annexing Crimea then bans all peaceful protest

In the first week after Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014, a protester was seen holding a banner with the words: ‘Supporters of Putin!  Under Putin, you won’t speak Russian, you will be SILENT in Russian! Within months, such protests had become inconceivable | detail

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05.10.2018

Oleg Sentsov ends hunger strike in face of imminent force-feeding

Oleg Sentsov has announced that, in the face of imminent commencement of force-feeding, he is ending his hunger strike from 6 October | detail

Visits 1350
05.10.2018

Russia launches Crimean reactors with Siemens gas turbines sold in scam to avoid EU sanctions

Russia has launched the first reactors of two thermal power stations built in occupied Crimea with Siemens gas turbines provided despite European Union sanctions.  The news comes 15 months after it became clear that the turbines had turned up in Crimea, and over three years after Siemens was first directly warned of the planned scam for bypassing sanctions. | detail

Visits 1715
04.10.2018

5-year sentence as reprisal for loyalty to Ukraine in Russian-occupied Crimea

The Russian-controlled ‘High Court’ in Crimea has upheld a second sentence against Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh, shortening the original five-year sentence by only one month.  The month removed could prove theoretical as Balukh has now been on total or partial hunger strike for 200 days, and there are very grave concerns for his life. | detail

Visits 1169
03.10.2018

Sentsov’s condition worsens amid unrelenting brutality to all of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners

Lawyer Dmitry Dinze has confirmed a sharp deterioration in Oleg Sentsov’s condition which almost certainly explained his being taken to hospital on 28 September | detail

Visits 1495
01.10.2018

Russia’s censor threatens Ukrainian newspaper for explaining that conscription of Crimeans is a war crime

Roskomnadzor has threatened to block access to the website of Dzerkalo Tyzhnia, a major Ukrainian newspaper over an article about Russia’s imposition of conscription in occupied Crimea.  Dzerkalo Tyzhnia has reacted by expressing disappointment in such shoddy work from the Russian censor and willingness “to point to other material for which the site should be hidden from Russians”.  | detail

Visits 2291
28.09.2018

Russia carves up nature reserves in occupied Crimea to build dachas for the boys

A Russian government resolution has illegally ‘abolished’ a number of nature reserves in occupied Crimea and has carved up Ukraine’s oldest reserve with some taken away and most of what remains receiving only ‘recreational’ rather than ‘reserve’ status | detail

Visits 2603
27.09.2018

Fake ‘secret witnesses’ & bizarre ‘evidence’ in Russia’s trial of 4 Crimean Tatar political prisoners

While Russia packs its ’trial’ of four Crimean Tatars, with a mixture of irrelevant ’evidence’ and fake ’secret witnesses’, the Memorial Human Rights Centre has declared all four men political prisoners and pointed out that they have been deprived of their liberty without any elements of a crime. | detail

Visits 1398
26.09.2018

Distinguished Crimean Tatar surgeon convicted of ‘extremism’ for prayer room in hospital

Smail Temindarov was in all seriousness charged over material found in the hospital’s prayer room which was completely open to the public, as well as over supposed ‘disorder’ in the hospital found in the fact that there is such a room for Muslims to pray in | detail

Visits 1315
21.09.2018

Crimean Tatar political prisoner on hunger strike after getting no medical treatment for life-threatening condition

Asan Chapukh is in such poor health that a hunger strike could immediately place his life in danger, yet the 65-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement has been left no alternative | detail

Visits 923
20.09.2018

Crimean Chemical Disaster will happen again while Ukraine helps oligarch Firtash bypass sanctions

While the factory management’s attempts to blame Ukraine for the release of toxic substances over Armyansk are absurd, questions should be asked as to how oligarch Dmitry Firtash has managed to continue profiting from the factory as though Russia’s annexation of Crimea had never happened | detail

Visits 988
18.09.2018

Crimean Tatar added to Russia’s’List of Terrorists and Extremists’ for 2014 ‘anti-Russian’ social media reposts

Without any court verdict, Russia has added a young Crimean Tatar woman Elina Mamedova to its huge ‘List of Terrorists and Extremists’ over three social media reposts from 2014 and 2015.  She is one of five Ukrainians added to this list recently, all of whom are people whose prosecution has been condemned by the Crimean Human Rights Group as politically-motivated | detail

Visits 1859
17.09.2018

Factory behind Crimea Chemical Disaster in Armyansk demands Russia prosecutes Ukraine

Armyansk, in Northern Crimea is suffocating from new toxic emissions and the Russian occupation authorities have finally announced that a state of emergency is being declared.  The Crimean Titanium Factory responsible for the emissions has, meanwhile, decided to claim it is all Ukraine’s fault and ask the Russian occupiers to initiate criminal proceedings. | detail

Visits 3219
17.09.2018

Crimean Tatar activist jailed for video reposted 4 years before Russia annexed Crimea and watched 11 times

Crimean Tatar activist Osman Belyalov has been jailed for five days over VKontakte social media reposts from 2010-2011, only one of which remains online to this day.  This is the latest offensive against activists of the civic initiative Crimean Solidarity, with the Russian occupation authorities not even attempting to find a credible pretext.  | detail

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