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13.12.2018

Russia jails disabled Crimean Tatar activist on grotesquely absurd charges

A ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has remanded 58-year-old Edem Bekirov in custody for two months, after he was seized by the FSB on 12 December when he tried to cross into Crimea to visit his elderly mother’ | detail

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12.12.2018

Huge crowd greets released Crimean Tatar lawyer Emil Kurbedinov

The Crimean Tatar people have become more united by repression, Kurbedinov stressed as he was released after a second imprisonment for the same pre-annexation social media post used as a pretext for ongoing pressure on lawyers defending political prisoners in occupied Crimea | detail

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07.12.2018

Russia jails prominent Crimean Tatar lawyer defending Ukrainian POWs TWICE for a video posted in 2013

Emil Kurbedinov has been sentenced to five days’ imprisonment for an entirely innocuous video posted a year before Russia’s annexation of Crimea. He links his detention to his defence of one of the Ukrainian prisoners of war whom Russia seized in the Azov Sea on 25 November. | detail

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03.12.2018

Ukrainian gets 13-year ‘sentence’ for annoying friend of Russia-backed Luhansk militants

Roman Sahaidak has been ‘sentenced’ in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ to 13 years’ imprisonment with full confiscation of his property. It seems likely that the confiscation was the main point of his abduction and ‘prosecution’ and, possibly, that of his father, who was seized 15 months later. | detail

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02.11.2018

No end to persecution of Crimean left-wing activist imprisoned for social media posts

A Russian-controlled ‘court’ in Crimea has refused to release Yevhen Karakashev from custody despite serious health issues and suspect charges over VKontakte social media posts, one of which was in 2014.  | detail

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25.10.2018

Ukrainian political prisoner’s whereabouts unknown after riots in Russian prison

It is not clear where Dmytro Shtyblikov, the Ukrainian academic accused by Russia of organizing a supposed ‘saboteur plot’ in occupied Crimea, has been taken. It is possible that his transfer is linked with Russia’s latest attempt to carry off a ‘trial’, without a shred of evidence, against two other Ukrainians: Volodymyr Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov | detail

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16.10.2018

Russian-backed Luhansk militants seize father of hostage Roman Sahaidak

15 months after the then 29-year-old Krasnodon entrepreneur Roman Sahaidak was taken prisoner in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [‘LPR’], his father has also been seized by men from the so-called ‘LPR ministry of state security’.  | detail

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17.09.2018

Crimean Tatar activist jailed for video reposted 4 years before Russia annexed Crimea and watched 11 times

Crimean Tatar activist Osman Belyalov has been jailed for five days over VKontakte social media reposts from 2010-2011, only one of which remains online to this day.  This is the latest offensive against activists of the civic initiative Crimean Solidarity, with the Russian occupation authorities not even attempting to find a credible pretext.  | detail

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20.08.2018

Imprisoned Donetsk journalist Aseyev tortured for Russian propaganda TV ‘confession’

15 months after being seized by Kremlin-backed militants, Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev has been shown on a Russian state-controlled television channel ‘confessing’ to working for Ukrainian military intelligence | detail

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08.08.2018

Imprisoned in Russia-backed Donetsk ‘republic’ for not abandoning her elderly mother

Those who assume that Ukrainians who remained in Donbas in 2014 supported the Russian-backed militants should consider the fate of 46-year-old Marina Chuykova who has been held prisoner in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’[DPR] since March this year | 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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19.07.2018

Russia-backed Donbas militants threaten to ‘arrest’ imprisoned journalist’s mother

Over a year after Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev was taken prisoner in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’, his captors have begun publishing fake ‘diary entries’ aimed at presenting him as a Ukrainian James Bond, carrying out tasks for the Security Service or military intelligence.  | detail

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09.07.2018

Journalist held hostage in Kremlin-controlled Donetsk driven to hunger strike

Ukrainian journalist and blogger Stanislav Aseyev has gone on hunger strike in occupied Donetsk, more than a year after he was seized by the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic [DPR] ministry of state security | detail

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03.07.2018

Extra 4-year sentence demanded for Ukrainian political prisoner on 106th day of hunger strike in occupied Crimea

A ‘prosecutor’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded an extra four-year sentence against Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh for something termed ‘disorganizing the work of the detention unit’, with this to be added in full to the remaining two years of his current sentence.   Balukh is looking frail and gaunt after 106 days of either partial or, now, total hunger strike in protest at what has been internationally condemned as persecution for his pro-Ukrainian position – and the Ukrainian flag over his home.  | detail

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11.06.2018

Russian FSB remove incriminating videos of the arrest and death of Crimean Tatar veteran Vedzhie Kashka

Vital CCTV footage showing the extraordinary FSB arrest of 83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka that caused her death  has vanished, almost certainly because it would show excessive violence used against the world-renowned veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement.  | detail

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07.06.2018

Russia steps up fight against Crimean Tatars, not terrorism before the World Cup

Any football fans believing that Russia’s security service is out there in the run-up to the World Cup working to ensure their safety should think again.  There are much easier ways for Russia’s FSB to enhance their ‘anti-terrorism’ statistics, while also demonstrating loyalty to the Kremlin and thus improving their chances of promotion. | detail

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23.05.2018

Russia turns to abduction & torture to try to discredit the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Oleksandr Steshenko, the young Ukrainian who disappeared after being seized by the FSB in occupied Crimea, has been shown on Russian television ‘confessing’ to involvement in an ‘extremist group’ supposedly created by the Head of the Mejlis, or self-governing body, of the Crimean Tatar people.  This alleged ‘plot’ has been made public just days after Ukraine approached the International Court of Justice asking why Russia is continuing to flout the Court’s direct order to end its ban of the Mejlis | detail

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22.05.2018

Crimean Tatar Civic Activists arrested in new offensive against Crimea Solidarity

Russia has carried out new armed searches and arrests in occupied Crimea, with one of the targets Server Mustafaev, a highly-respected civic activist and coordinator of the Crimea Solidarity movement | detail

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16.05.2018

Crimean political prisoner on hunger strike subjected to new ‘trial’ for ‘attacking’ a police officer

Volodymyr Balukh was in ‘court’ again on 15 May, looking gaunt and tired after two months of hunger strike. The 47-year-old has faced constant harassment under Russian occupation because pf his pro-Ukrainian position and the Ukrainian flag he refused to remove from the roof of his home, and this new ‘trial’ seems aimed at revenge against a person whom the occupation regime has not been able to break. | detail

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11.05.2018

Ukrainian sentenced to 8 years on bizarre ‘sabotage’ charges in Russian-occupied Crimea

25-year-old Hennady Lymeshko has become the latest Ukrainian to receive a long sentence in Russian-occupied Crimea on highly implausible ‘sabotage’ charges.  There was never any objective evidence to back the FSB’s claim on 15 August 2017 to have averted acts of sabotage, only a ‘confession’ from Lymeshko, who showed signs of having been beaten, | detail

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