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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
26.01.2018

Crimean Tatar with brain tumour arrested for social media post from 2012

Russia’s overt terrorization in occupied Crimea continued on January 25 with two more armed searches.  The targets this time included Ebazer Islyamov from Nizhnegorsk, who was detained and then put through a court hearing despite all those responsible being informed that he has a brain tumour.  An armed search was also carried out of the home of Crimean Tatar activist Enver Krosh in Dzhankoj, who was subjected to torture two years ago after refusing to collaborate with Russia’s FSB | detail

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25.01.2018

Crimean Tatar detained, tortured and charged with ‘inciting enmity to Russians’

A Russian-controlled ‘court’ in Crimea has remanded Ismail Ramazanov in custody for a month after refusing to react to the young man’s acute pain from the beating he endured in police custody. Ramazanov is accused of ‘extremism’ over comments he allegedly made to an Internet radio station. | detail

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18.01.2018

Monitoring of unlawful violence in Ukrainian police (2004–2017)

The next, sixth stage of the national monitoring of illegal violence in police allows to assess not only the dynamics of this phenomenon in Ukraine during the whole period (2004–2017). | detail

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16.01.2018

Mustafa Dzhemilev: Russian methods of repression in Crimea worse than Soviet times

Mustafa Dzhemilev says that the armed searches that Russia’s FSB carry out now in occupied Crimea are far worse than those of their Soviet predecessors. This is not the first time that the veteran Crimean Tatar leader who spent 15 years in the Soviet political labour camps, has pointed to a level of lawlessness under Russian occupation which goes beyond that of the Soviet totalitarian regime | detail

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09.01.2018

Estimated 96 thousand Ukrainians were victims of police torture in 2017

Any improvement immediately after Euromaidan in the perceived prevalence of police torture and ill-treatment in Ukraine has ended.  A survey just published found that the number of victims of unlawful police violence had risen by well over 200 thousand since 2015, with the number of alleged victims of torture rising from almost 63 thousand in 2015 to almost 96 thousand in 2017 | detail

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26.12.2017

FSB terrorize, arrest and even jail the elderly in Russian-occupied Crimea

An exiled member of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis [representative assembly] has issued an angry statement after his elderly parents became the latest target of the FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea.  The summoning of Eskender Bariev’s 84-year-old father, 79-year-old mother and other close relatives for interrogation comes less than a month after an extraordinary attempt to arrest 83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka led to the death of that internationally renowned veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement | detail

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03.11.2017

Abducted & tortured Crimean Tatar: “If I don’t speak out, they’ll come for others”

We cannot know how many Ukrainians the FSB have abducted and tortured in Russian-occupied Crimea to extract ‘confessions’ to non-existent crimes, however Renat Paralamov hopes that his refusal to remain silent can help prevent the number becoming even higher. | detail

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05.10.2017

Poignant proof of why letters to the Kremlin’s Ukrainian hostages matter

There are over forty Crimean political prisoners in Russian-occupied Crimea or Russia, and that figure is rising. Access to information and contact with them is limited, with Russia clearly hoping that people will forget about them. A letter just received from Yevhen Panov makes it quite clear how much our letters mean to the imprisoned men | detail

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20.09.2017

Ukraine ordered to pay massive damages over police killing and cover up

The European Court of Human Rights has found Ukraine in violation of the right to life over the death of Volodymyr Kutsenko from police torture and lack of medical care, and then over the failure to carry out an effective information. | detail

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15.09.2017

Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov & activists detained after family of tortured Crimean Tatar recognize FSB abductor

12 Crimean Tatar activists, as well as prominent lawyer Emil Kurbedinov and journalist Taras Ibragimov were detained in Simferopol on Friday after gathering with the relatives of Renat Paralamov, the father of four who was abducted and brutally tortured on September 13.   | detail

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15.09.2017

Abducted Crimean Tatar beaten, tortured and abandoned after ‘voluntarily’ entering FSB office

It took the FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea over 24 hours to admit that Renat Paralamov had been in their offices, and then they came up with the surreal claim that he had ‘voluntarily’ returned there after being released on Wednesday afternoon. They have given no explanation for the brutal torture, including beatings and electric shocks, that he was subjected to | detail

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28.08.2017

Ukrainian tortured by FSB into "confessing" to sabotage plot jailed on different charge

There is no proof that Oleksiy Stohniy was tortured by the FSB in November 2016, yet how else do you explain why he ‘confessed’ to being part of a Ukrainian Crimea sabotage plot for Russia state television and the fact that he has now been convicted of something else altogether? | detail

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23.08.2017

Tortured for TV Confessions. Russia’s first aborted ‘Ukrainian Crimea Saboteur plot’

Four men remain imprisoned a year after Russia tried to convince the world that they were part of a Ukrainian military plot to ‘encroach’ upon Ukraine’s own territory. The trial of two has nothing to do with their confessions, and pressure against a third to now ‘admit guilt’ cannot negate his and the fourth man’s detailed accounts of torture and denials of the entire nonsensical ‘plot’ | detail

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16.08.2017

Russia accuses Ukraine of Trying to Sabotage Crimean Electricity with a Handsaw

The FSB have seized another Ukrainian in Russian-occupied Crimea and claimed that he was carrying out acts of sabotage for the SBU, Ukraine’s Security Service. | detail

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14.08.2017

Second ‘confessed’ Ukrainian Crimea saboteur jailed on different charges

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced Redvan Suleymanov to 1 year and 8 months imprisonment on a charge which differs radically from his widely televised ‘confession’ to involvement in a Ukrainian military ‘Crimea saboteur plot’.  | detail

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09.08.2017

Yevhen Panov: Foiled ’Ukrainian Crimea Saboteur Plot, or the Limits of Russian FSB Torture

Ukrainian Yevhen Panov has proven to be the Russian FSB’s greatest miscalculation in its generally aborted first attempt to fabricate a ‘Ukrainian Crimea Saboteur’ plot. The torture used to obtain his ‘confession’ was too obvious, and the efforts to prevent him seeing a real lawyer thwarted by the European Court of Human Rights | detail

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07.08.2017

Russia tortures Volodymyr Prysich for ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur plot confession’, then changes the charges

Ukrainian truck driver Volodymyr Prysich had the misfortune to be delivering furniture to Russian-occupied Crimea on August 13, 2016, when Russia’s FSB was on the lookout for other Ukrainians to accuse of involvement in a supposed ‘Ukrainian sabotage plot’. The last to be arrested, he was the first to be convicted of something entirely different from what he ‘confessed’ to | detail

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02.08.2017

Russia imprisons Crimeans in inhuman conditions for their faith or pro-Ukrainian stand

46-year-old Volodymyr Balukh is suffering from heart problems and high blood pressure after 6 months in a filthy and overcrowded Crimean SIZO [remand unit]. The recognized political prisoner’s very life could be in danger, and he is just one of at least 28 men held on fabricated charges in appalling conditions | detail

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31.07.2017

Russia-backed Luhansk militants used torture methods against disabled woman hostage

Ludmila Surzhenko is, thankfully, safely on unoccupied Ukrainian territory, but she will need time to recover from the physical and psychological effects of the nearly three weeks she was held prisoner by militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ | detail

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31.07.2017

Judge held for 9 months by Donbas militants heard how hostages were tortured

Vitaly Rudenko, a judge from the Luhansk Regional Court of Appeal, was freed on July 30 after nine months held prisoner by militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR]’. Rudenko was seized in October 2016, when he tried to enter military-controlled territory to attend his father’s funeral. | detail

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