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18.07.2017

FSB uses new forms of torture against ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ political prisoner

In the absence of any evidence of acts of sabotage, damning proof of innocence and of the torture used to extract confessions, Russia’s FSB are using unlawful forms of pressure to force Yevheny Panov and Andriy Zakhteit to give up their lawyers and ‘cooperate’. | detail

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17.07.2017

Donbas militants admit to holding journalist Stanyslav Aseyev prisoner for "spying"

Days after the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] declared journalist Stanyslav Aseyev ‘missing’, and six weeks after he disappeared, the militants have admitted to holding him prisoner and claim to suspect him of ‘spying’.. | detail

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16.07.2017

Friends fear deaf Luhansk woman has been abducted by Kremlin-backed militants

Friends of 39-year-old Lyudmila Surzhenko, a partially deaf resident of Luhansk, fear that she may have been abducted by Russian / pro-Russian militants after crossing on July 13 from occupied Luhansk into the Ukrainian government-held town of Stanytsia Luhanska to get some humanitarian aid | detail

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27.06.2017

Russia refuses to release Ukrainian jailed by mistake in occupied Crimea

Among the Ukrainians imprisoned since Russia’s invasion of Crimea for their opposition to annexation, their religious views or civic activism, one person stands out. Kabir Mohammad has been in custody now for nearly nine months because Russian border guards misread his name. Literally. | detail

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26.06.2017

Ukrainian activist forced to flee FSB persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea

Natalya Kharchenko, a blogger and the mother of two small children has been forced to leave her home in Crimea under Russian occupation or become the latest Ukrainian to be charged with ‘separatism’ for her pro-Ukrainian position | detail

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22.06.2017

Donbas militants reported to be using torture to get ‘confession’ from seized journalist

The Kremlin-backed militants who have seized Stanyslav Aseyev (Vasin) are believed to be using torture to extract a ‘confession’ from the 27-year-old freelance journalist, and to be putting severe pressure on his mother. | detail

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19.06.2017

Forensic tests overturn Russian FSB ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ story

Nothing is going right with Russia’s attempt to concoct a Ukrainian Crimea saboteur plot and trial. First it reports events that did not take place, then the FSB’s ‘confessions’ are retracted with three of the four men arrested confirming that they were obtained through torture. Now not a single DNA trace or fingerprint has been found to link Yevhen Panov and Andriy Zakhtei with the weapons they supposedly hid | detail

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12.06.2017

Russia refuses to let imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader see his gravely ill mother

There appear to be no depths that Russia and its court lackeys will not stoop to. Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader and recognized political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz has been refused permission to see his mother who is critically ill and has not seen her son for two years. | detail

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12.06.2017

Ukraine’s Government seeks to legalize illegal Security Service detention prisons

The Cabinet of Ministers has tabled a draft bill which acknowledges the long-denied existence of SBU [Security Service] detention facilities and proposes amendments to legislation in order to formally allow them. Legal may be preferable to illegal, however removing the possibility of abuse by the Security Service would be better still | detail

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09.06.2017

Third ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ says Russia TV confession obtained through torture

Volodymyr Prysich, the fourth Ukrainian shown on Russian state television in August 2016 ‘confessing’ to ‘sabotage’ and ‘spying’ for Ukrainian military intelligence, has been sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment on a totally different charge . | detail

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08.06.2017

Ukrainian journalist Stanyslav Vasin feared captured by Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas

Donetsk journalist Stanyslav Vasin has not been seen or heard from since June 2, and this mother reports that there are signs of a break in and search in his flat. | detail

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31.05.2017

Abducted Crimean Tatar activist now faces prison sentence for ’threatening’ the police

Two months after Crimean Tatar activist Belyal Adilov was effectively abducted by unidentified individuals in camouflage gear and masks, it is Adilov who is facing trial in Russian-occupied Crimea for supposedly ‘threatening’ police officers and their relatives | detail

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29.05.2017

Judges double as prosecutors to jail Ukrainian activist in Russian occupied Crimea

There needed to be exceptional circumstances to extend Ukrainian activist and political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh’s imprisonment beyond 6 months. There were none, just an FSB order and a judge with no scruples. | detail

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29.05.2017

Donbas militants copy Russian FSB ‘confession’ methods & implausible story line

Kremlin-backed militants from the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] are again claiming to have captured ‘Ukrainian saboteurs’. Like the Russian FSB’s tactics in occupied Crimea, the entire story is based solely on the supposed ‘confessions’ of men totally under militant control. | detail

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26.05.2017

Ukraine moves to support political prisoners held in Crimea & Russia and their families

A very welcome legislative initiative, if passed into law, will give formal recognition to the political prisoners held in occupied Crimea and Russia, and financial assistance to their families. Donbas at present does not appear to be included, which is one of many issues that needs to be considered | detail

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24.05.2017

One Year of Not Knowing: Where is abducted Crimean Tatar Activist Ervin Ibragimov?

On May 24 exactly one year will have passed since Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov was abducted close to his home in Bakhchysarai. Despite video footage of the abduction and international demands, the de facto authorities under Russian occupation have done nothing to find the young man or those who seized him. | detail

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09.05.2017

Instilling Terror: More Armed Searches & Abduction-like Arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea

The key element in any attempts to terrorize the population is uncertainty: it should be unclear who will be the next victim – it could be you or your family. On May 8, armed Russian officers came for the son of a well-known regional Mejlis leader and another Crimean Tatar, Server Yusuf, who appears to have been taken to Russia after what looks much more like an abduction than an ‘arrest’. | detail

Visits 4747
05.05.2017

Armed searches & jail for deleted reposts to silence protest in Russian-occupied Crimea

Tofik Abdulgaziev and his family were subjected to an armed search on Thursday, almost certainly as a warning to stop reporting cases of repression. In the meantime, the jailing of civic activist Remzi Bekirov, purportedly for a 7-year-old post on a long-deleted VKontakte page, has been upheld | detail

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04.05.2017

Donbas militants ‘sentence’ 63-year-old Ukrainian religious scholar on insane charges

After holding well-known academic Ihor Kozlovskyy prisoner for well over a year, the Kremlin-backed militants of the so-called Donetsk people’s republic [DPR] have now ‘sentenced’ him to nearly 3 years’ imprisonment. The 63-year-old religious scholar was ‘convicted’ by a DPR military court of possession of two grenades which were purportedly ‘found’ in his flat | detail

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21.04.2017

Russian FSB resorts to flagrant falsification to jail Ukrainian activist in Crimea

Well-known Russian lawyer Dmitry Dinze has warned a Crimean court that even under Russian legislation it faces criminal liability for imprisoning people on the basis of overtly rigged evidence. The warning was issued with good cause shortly after Dinze took up the defence of Volodymyr Balukh, a Ukrainian activist in Russian-occupied Crimea arrested days after he hung up a plaque honouring the slain victims of Maidan. | detail

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