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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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07.05.2018

Crimean savagely beaten for pro-Ukraine views gets 2-year prison sentence for ‘extremism’

Ihor Movenko has been sentenced by a court in Russian-occupied Sevastopol to two years’ imprisonment for a comment on the VKontakte social network.  The comments were only ‘noticed’ and a criminal prosecution launched after Movenko demanded an investigation into the brutal and unprovoked attack by a police officer that had left him hospitalized | detail

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03.05.2018

Crimean Tatar businessman & philanthropist seized in new FSB offensive in Russian-occupied Crimea

A prominent Crimean Tatar philanthropist and businessman and the General Director of his main business have been seized after what Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Refat Chubarov called a ‘”black Thursday’ of armed searches in Russian-occupied Crimea. | detail

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27.04.2018

Ukrainian disappears after mystery detention in Russian-occupied Crimea

27-year-old Oleksandr Steshenko from Kharkiv has become the latest Ukrainian to suffer the cost of visiting Crimea under Russian occupation.  Steshenko first disappeared on 11 April, with the story he was still able to give his mother by phone radically different from the occupation authorities’ version. He has now disappeared again, after being held in administrative arrest, and lawyer Aider Azermatov believes that this must be viewed as an abduction. | detail

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17.04.2018

Russia seeks secret trial of tortured Ukrainian accused of Crimea ‘sabotage plot’

‘Secret documents’ have been cited in Russian-occupied Crimea to justify holding the trial of Yevhen Panov behind closed doors. Since no secret material was ever mentioned to either Panov, or his lawyer, this may well simply be the latest attempt to conceal the lack of any substance to the charges against the Ukrainian | detail

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13.04.2018

Defend Ukraine and face ‘terrorist’ charges in Russian-occupied Crimea

The identity remains unclear of a 24-year-old Crimean arrested on 20 March for alleged involvement in non-existent military action by a Crimean Tatar volunteer battalion. It seems likely, however, that there will be more such arrests, with Russia openly targeting Crimeans involved in defending Ukraine in Donbas, and mentioning other charges earlier used in propaganda against exiled Crimean Tatar leaders and Crimean Muslims.  | detail

Visits 697
02.04.2018

“I can’t afford to show cowardice” - Ukrainian jailed for not betraying Ukraine in Russian-occupied Crimea resists pressure to end hunger strike

Almost two weeks after political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh went on hunger strike in Russian-occupied Crimea, his lawyer has only just been able to see him.  She reports that he is looking thin and gaunt, and that the SIZO [remand prison] staff are putting pressure on him to end his hunger strike. | detail

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26.03.2018

Ukrainian pensioner seized by Kremlin-backed militants in Ukraine, tortured & jailed for 12 years in Russia

61-year-old Oleksiy Sizonovych from Krasnodon in the Luhansk oblast was, as feared, brutally tortured before ending up sentenced by a  Russian ‘court’ to 12 years’ imprisonment.  Neither the surreal nature of the charges against him, nor the use of torture are, unfortunately anything new, however this case does stand out because of Sizonovych’s age and the fact that he was first seized by Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] before being illegally abducted to Russia where the torture took place | detail

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23.03.2018

Kremlin-backed Donbas militants hold imprisoned journalist in ‘real concentration camp’

It is almost a year since Stanyslav [Stas] Aseyev was taken prisoner by Kremlin-backed Donbas militants. There are real concerns about his health, and there remains no sign that the Russian-controlled militants are planning to release him or around 100 other hostages.  | detail

Visits 903
20.03.2018

Crimean political prisoner declares hunger strike amid unrelenting persecution for pro-Ukrainian stand

Volodymyr Balukh has declared an indefinite hunger strike in protest at the three and a half year sentence on grossly falsified charges imposed by a ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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05.03.2018

Arrests with torture of ‘witnesses’ in Russian-occupied Crimea

A number of searches and arrests were carried out in Simferopol and Sevastopol on March 2, with at least the measures against left-wing activist Alexei Shestakovych reported to have been with the use of torture.  This is not the first time that Shestakovych has faced repressive measures under Russian occupation, although he and another four or five men were allegedly targeted as ‘witnesses’ in the politically motivated prosecution of Yevpatoria activist Yevhen Karakashev.  | detail

Visits 759
22.02.2018

Russia-backed Luhansk militants seize pensioner for posting pro-Ukraine leaflets

69-year-old Anastasia Mukhina (or Mushnina) was seized on 8 February in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [‘LPR’] seemingly for posting leaflets saying: “Rise up, Donbas. Russia has betrayed you” | detail

Visits 1135
16.02.2018

Six and a half-year sentence for fictitious ‘Ukrainian sabotage plot’ in Russian-occupied Crimea

A ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced Andriy Zakhtei to six and a half years’ imprisonment after he was effectively tricked into ‘cooperating’ with the investigators | detail

Visits 965
16.02.2018

Activist who defended Crimean political prisoners arrested and facing 7-year sentence

Yevhen Karakashev, an anarchist activist from Yevpatoria who has taken part in pickets calling for the release of Oleksandr Kolchenko, Oleg Sentsov and other political prisoners, has himself been remanded in custody, after almost certainly being brutally beaten by the police. | detail

Visits 1033
14.02.2018

Tortured Ukrainian spoils Russia’s most absurd ‘Crimea Saboteur’ case by refusing to ‘cooperate’

A Russian-controlled ‘court’ has again extended the detention of Yevhen Panov, the 40-year-old Ukrainian who is single-handedly obstructing the Russian FSB’s first ‘Crimean sabotage plot’ He is currently being offered better conditions and a shorter ‘sentence’ if he agrees to take on Russian citizenship. He rejects them all and is adamant that he a citizen only of Ukraine. | detail

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