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17.08.2018

Russia brings criminal charges against Crimean Tatar human rights activist over Facebook repost

Russia’s Investigative Committee has initiated criminal proceedings against Gulsum Alieva, a Crimean Solidarity activist and the daughter of recognized political prisoner, Muslim Aliev, over a widely circulated photo, which the 21-year-old simply reposted on Facebook.  In Russian-occupied Crimea, this has been termed ‘inciting enmity’ (towards Russians) | detail

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16.08.2018

One death, four political prisoners in Russia’s war against the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Russia’s National Guard, involved, in the ‘special operation’ that caused the death of Vedzhie Kashka, 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, has refused to release any information, citing ‘the fight against terrorism’. The pretext is nonsensical, and, combined with the disappearance of all video footage of the attempted detention, can only strengthen the suspicion that she died because of excessive and disproportionate use of force by the officers carrying out the arrest. | detail

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15.08.2018

Kremlin uses blatant lies as excuse to not free Oleg Sentsov

The Kremlin has rejected the plea from Oleg Sentsov’s mother that President Putin ‘pardon’ her son.  It claims that the request must come from Sentsov although this was not the case when Putin issued decrees ‘pardoning’ three other Ukrainian political prisoners.  It also claims, equally falsely, that Sentsov is a Russian citizen.  | detail

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15.08.2018

Ukraine takes Russia to European Court of Human Rights over 71 Kremlin hostages

Ukraine has lodged a vital inter-state application with the European Court of Human Rights over Russia’s persecution of 71 Ukrainians illegally held prisoner in Russia or occupied Crimea.  It is the sixth inter-state application filed against Russia since its invasion of Crimea in early 2014, but the first to specifically address Russia’s ever increasing number of Ukrainian political prisoners, and the abductions, torture and other human rights violations committed against them and other Ukrainian | detail

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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02.08.2018

Crimean Tatar woman charged with ‘inciting hatred towards Russians’ over 4-year-old social media reposts

Russian enforcement officers came for Elina Mamedova between three and four years after she reposted some material from a pro-Ukrainian page on the VKontakte social network.  There were three reposts from 2014/2015, with no added comments, yet the young Crimean woman is now facing criminal charges of ‘inciting hatred towards Russians’ | detail

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 1770
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

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