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04.10.2016

Ukrainian savagely beaten in Russian-occupied Crimea punished, not his attacker

No criminal proceedings were brought against the man, probably a police officer, who brutally attacked Ihor Movenko over Ukrainian symbols and an ‘Azov Battalion’ sticker on his bike. Only Movenko has faced a court hearing and fine | detail

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30.09.2016

Russia upholds Mejlis ban in a move to all-out war against Crimean Tatars

Only a miracle remained, and it didn’t happen. Russia has formally banned the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars, the main indigenous people of Crimea which Russia invaded and annexed two and a half years ago. An escalation in repression seems inevitable, with a number of Mejlis leaders in immediate danger. | detail

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07.09.2016

Russia’s Trial of jailed Crimean Tatar leader turns openly racist

The current ‘trial’ of imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz is proving as openly contemptuous of the law as the charges themselves. Chiygoz has been prevented from attending his own ‘trial’, or even properly hearing what is being said, and the prosecutor makes no attempt to conceal his racist views | detail

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04.09.2016

Pro-Kremlin Media Lies as International Pressure Mounts to Free Umerov

International protest over Russia’s prosecution and punitive psychiatry against Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has not gone unnoticed in Moscow. The demands for his immediate release are unheeded, but a newspaper close to the Kremlin has produced a supposed ‘interview’ trying to discredit Umerov and refute all grounds for protest. | detail

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01.09.2016

Russia reinstates Soviet jamming to silence criticism of its occupation of Crimea

Russia’s censor has blocked the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre over a press conference given by the world-renowned Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev and others. In it they called for a civil blockade until Russia released Crimean political prisoners, stopped crushing freedom of speech, etc. Russia’s response has been to step up repression. | detail

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11.08.2016

Defendant & Defence Excluded from ‘Trial’ of Crimean Tatar Leader

The court currently preventing Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz from attending his own ‘trial’ has now refused to allow prominent Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov to defend him. Nikolai Polozov, a Russian lawyer who is also representing Chiygoz, calls what he is seeing in Crimea “total lawlessness”. | detail

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08.08.2016

Russian tanks and a new crack-down on independent media in occupied Crimea

Further attempts to create an information blockade on Russian-occupied Crimea were followed this weekend by a block on the crossings between mainland Ukraine and Crimea, claims of Ukrainian ‘terrorist subversion’ and major deployment of heavy military equipment | detail

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25.07.2016

Russia moves to silence imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader

Russia’s most openly lawless prosecution since occupying Crimea has descended to a new low with the refusal to allow Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz to even attend his own court hearings and the unfounded decision to separate the proceedings into two trials. | detail

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07.07.2016

Poignant Day of Crimean Resistance

Ukraine’s government has formally established February 26 as the Day of Crimean Resistance to Russian Aggression. The choice of date is linked with one of the most cynical cases of repression specifically targeting Crimean Tatars that the West has failed to adequately address. The decision was made even more poignantly appropriate by coming on political prisoner Ali Asanov’s 31st birthday, his second in detention. | detail

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17.06.2016

Chief Editor of Last Independent Crimean Publication Arrested

Details have emerged, but very little clarity, regarding the arrest on June 14 of Alexei Salov, Chief Editor of the Internet publication Argumenty Nedeli – Krym – the last reasonably independent media source remaining in Russian-occupied Crimea. | detail

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14.06.2016

‘Terrorist’ charges to silence Crimean Tatar Human Rights Activist

Russia’s calculation in crushing dissent in Crimea has proven disturbingly accurate. Ignore protest, hiding even world-renowned filmmaker Oleg Sentsov far from the media and create a virtually total blockade on information in Crimea. You can then continue abductions, disappearances and virtually indefinte imprisonment on surreal chances with little protest at all from the West. | detail

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10.06.2016

Putin’s Kerch Bridge to Crimea: No Money, Dodgy Insurance & No Accountability

Upbeat noises in the pro-Kremlin media about the Kerch Strait Bridge that Russia is trying to build to Crimea without any environmental impact studies are fighting against the odds, with reports of financing problems now compounded by news of an extremely obscure ‘insurer’. | detail

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15.04.2016

Stark warning of bloody provocation planned against Crimean Tatars

The warning from a well-known Russian analyst that Russia could be planning to use methods seen in the Caucasus to stage a provocation and then a bloody crackdown against Crimean Tatars is difficult to dismiss, and not only because of the virulent propaganda campaign in the Russian and other pro-Kremlin media. | detail

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08.03.2016

Russia Declares War on Crimean Tatars

Two years after invading and annexing Crimea, Russia appears ready to outlaw the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, the representative body of the largest indigenous people of the peninsula. It is unclear whether Western countries will respond with more than words of deep concern if the Mejlis and its 2,300 representatives at various levels are criminalized. At present, the West is largely silent, although the danger is real and immediate. | detail

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07.03.2016

2,300 directly at risk if Russia bans Crimean Tatar Representative Body

If Russia declares the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative body of the indigenous people of Crimea ‘extremist’, around 2,300 members of Crimean Tatar self-government structures could be in immediate danger. | detail

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22.02.2016

The Self-Government Body of the Crimean Tatar People must not be banned

Russia’s attempt to ban the Mejlis amounts to the ethnic, cultural and political discrimination of the Crimean Tatar people. Please endorse this protest by human rights groups | detail

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17.02.2016

Russia’s Crimean Tatar show trial proves too shoddy even for the court

In a surprise move on Feb 15, the Supreme Court in Russian-occupied Crimea sent the case against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and 5 other Crimean Tatars back for ‘further investigation’. This came on the same day that the Memorial Human Rights Centre condemned the trial and recognized Chiygoz, Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy as political prisoners. | detail

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16.02.2016

Crimean Tatar Mejlis criminalized for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea

Russia has formally begun the procedure of banning the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People citing as formal grounds the law on countering ‘extremism’, while claiming, in Soviet style, that this is because of requests from Crimean Tatar organizations. | detail

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05.02.2016

Memorial demands that Russia return Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s hostage son to Ukraine

The Memorial Human Rights Centre notes that even against the violations of international law linked with Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the fact that Khaiser Dzhemiliev is being held in a Russian prison is unprecedented | detail

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30.11.2015

Repressive measures intensify as Crimean blackout bites

There have been inadequate and mostly repressive reactions from the occupation authorities to the ongoing blackout in Crimea, but also a frustrating failure from the western media to probe the legitimate human rights demands that Mustafa Dzhemiliev and other leaders have put forward | detail

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