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16.03.2017

FSB abduct & threaten to bury Crimean Tatar alive to force false testimony

A young Crimean Tatar was effectively abducted on Wednesday by Russian FSB officers who took him to a field and threatened to bury him if he refused to testify against 6 men, including a prominent human rights activist, facing gravely flawed charges. | detail

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15.03.2017

Human rights activists seized by FSB on Crimea border may have been led into a trap

The Coordinator of the Crimean Human Rights Group and two other rights activists detained by armed FSB officers and illegally held for 7 hours near the Crimean border may have been deliberately tricked to provide a pretext for their detention. They were, thankfully, released, but the incident remains of great concern. | detail

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13.03.2017

Captured Ukrainian soldiers ‘confess’ to militant killings & terrorism in Donbas & Russia

The so-called Luhansk people’s republic has extracted, almost certainly through torture, ‘confessions’ from two Ukrainian soldiers to killing one prominent militant and planning terrorist attacks on Russian cities. | detail

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04.03.2017

Last jailed Crimean Tatar activist freed, repression continues

Jailed Crimean Tatar activist Marlen Mustafaev has finally been released, 6 days after the 10 friends and neighbours imprisoned for standing outside his home in solidarity with the detained activist and reporting on the search underway. The mass detentions on Feb 21 and absurd sentences upheld at farcical court hearings marked a new, disturbing escalation in Russian attempts to quash any independent thinking and resistance to terror tactics in occupied Crimea . | detail

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03.03.2017

Donbas militants seize Ukrainian woman & accuse her of bizarrely useless ‘spying’

52-year-old Valentina Buchok has become the latest Ukrainian to be seized by Kremlin-backed militants and accused of ‘spying’ for Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] by, for example, a ’reconnaissance visit’ to the apartment where war criminal Motorola lived a month or more after he was killed. | detail

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28.02.2017

The FSB has ways of making credibility irrelevant in Russian-occupied Crimea

In addressing his “dear comrades” in Russia’s FSB, Vladimir Putin claimed that Ukraine was “openly speaking of organizing sabotage and terrorist activities, subversion, including in Russia”. Evidence was not provided, but then Putin knows he can rely on his ‘comrades’ to come up with arrests and ‘confessions’ to such sabotage and terrorism, with Russian courts then rubberstamping the sentences demanded. | detail

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27.02.2017

69 children and other compelling reasons for resisting any ’deal’ with Russia on Crimea

On the third anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Crimea, at least 30 Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians are imprisoned on politically motivated charges and others are facing trial for saying that Russia must leave Crimea. 69 children are growing up without fathers who have been arrested, or abducted and murdered. | detail

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22.02.2017

Russian TV shows fake ’anti-terror operation’ to hide arrests of Crimean Tatar activists

For the second time in a month, Russian media have produced fake news stories about ‘terrorists’ after a prominent lawyer the first time and civic activists on both occasions were detained in Russian-occupied Crimea. The report on Feb 21 even used entirely false video footage | detail

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22.02.2017

Ukrainian seized by Donbas militants for Twitter photos of Russian military equipment?

Militants from the self-declared ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DNR] have taken another Ukrainian - Valery Nedosekin - prisoner, accusing him of ‘spying’ for the Ukrainian Security Service by reporting military movements and posting photos of military equipment on Twitter | detail

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21.02.2017

New Mass Detention in Russian-occupied Crimea

Another Crimean Tatar has been charged in Russian-occupied Crimea over an innocuous social network post from 2014, with 10 other Crimean Tatars who arrived outside his home to show moral support and report what has happening also taken away | detail

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20.02.2017

Ominous arrest of a Crimean Tatar activist and claims of training in sabotage & terrorism

Russian FSB border guards are reported to have arrested a young Crimean Tatar - Seit-Ibraim Zaitullaev - described in most pro-Kremlin media as a ‘saboteur’ and member of the ‘Asker Battalion’. | detail

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17.02.2017

Russia has more than torture to hide in FSB’s ‘Ukrainian Crimea Saboteur Plot’

It is increasingly evident that the FSB have a great deal to conceal, including indications that the victims of its ‘Crimean saboteur’ plot were selected in advance and enticed into a trap . | detail

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09.02.2017

Ukrainian jailed for insistence that Crimea is Ukraine declared a political prisoner

A Crimean for whom the words of Ukraine’s national anthem about “laying down life and soul for our freedom” are his credo in life has become the latest political prisoner in Russian-occupied Crimea. The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre’s statement declaring Volodymyr Balukh a political prisoner and demanding his release came as the Ukrainian farmer spent his 45th birthday jailed on overtly absurd charges | detail

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03.02.2017

Jailed Pro-Ukrainian Crimean Activist likely subjected to torture

Pro-Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh remains in detention in Russian-occupied Crimea with the evidence mounting that the prosecution against him is politically motivated and that he is being subjected to torture. | detail

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02.02.2017

Mafia methods used to get the ‘right’ court rulings in Russian-occupied Crimea

A moment of limited judicial independence in Russian-occupied Crimea on Jan 25 got forgotten amid the mounted offensive against lawyers defending political prisoners and imprisonment of human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov. Any celebration over the refusal to extend the detention of Redvan Suleimanov would, in any case, have been premature | detail

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01.02.2017

Kremlin-Installed Crimean Leader Admits Preparations for Armed Uprising

De facto Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov’s testimony on Jan 31 against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz clashed with hard evidence, but it did reveal some interesting details.  | detail

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31.01.2017

Enemy No. 1 for Exposing Lawlessness & Repression in Russian-occupied Crimea

Several dozen Russian lawyers have issued a hard-hitting statement in support for jailed Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov and his colleagues who, they stress, are providing the last obstacle to total lawlessness in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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30.01.2017

Igor Kotelyanets: On my brother Yevhen Panov & other political prisoners

Address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe | detail

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27.01.2017

Russia resorts to open terrorization of lawyers & their families in occupied Crimea

Emil Kurbedinov, one of the lawyers representing many of Russia’s Crimean political prisoners, was detained on Thursday, Jan 26. He and his colleague Edem Semedlyaev were heading to the home of a Crimean Tatar activist where a search and arrest was taking place. | detail

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27.01.2017

Dirty Russian Media Lies as Repression Mounts in Occupied Crimea

While armed searches and arrests were underway in Russian-occupied Crimea of a prominent human rights lawyer and the son of a veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Russian state-controlled media widely reported that a “special operation” was underway against supposed ‘terrorists’. | detail

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