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13.02.2018

Arrested in occupied Crimea to prove ‘threat from Ukraine’ on eve of illegal elections?

Russia’s FSB [Security Service] has reported the arrest of another Ukrainian for alleged ‘spying’, with the only deviation of the FSB’s pattern being the claim that the ‘secret information’ supposedly passed to Ukraine’s Security Service was about the FSB itself.  | detail

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12.02.2018

Independent probe into arrest & death of 83-year-old Crimean Tatar veteran amid persecution of men who were helping her

When a case that began with the arrest and death of an 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement seems to have hit rock bottom, Russia’s FSB proves it can sink even lower. | detail

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25.01.2018

Another chilling abduction by Kremlin-backed Luhansk militants

News has emerged of another woman abducted in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [‘LPR’] , and probably now held by its sinister ‘ministry of state security’.  The information cannot be verified, but the official denials have been heard too many times before to have any credibility, whereas those reporting such enforced disappearances are taking a risk in doing so.  | detail

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19.01.2018

Crimean Tatar activist jailed after new armed searches ‘for a video posted in 2012’

27-year-old Crimean Tatar activist Girai Kulametov was sentenced to ten days’ imprisonment on January 18 after he and his family were subjected to an early morning armed search.  The pretext for this latest act of intimidation against a young man who was involved in the single-person pickets on October 14 proved to be a video posted on a social media page two years before Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea.  | detail

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28.12.2017

73 Ukrainian hostages welcomed home – over 160 still held in Donbas, Crimea & Russia

63-year-old Ihor Kozlovskyy and many other hostages whose insane ‘trials’ have been reported here are free at last, and returning to their families. The joy and relief that this first exchange of prisoners in 15 months was really taking place was tinged with sadness for all those who remain imprisoned – at least 103 in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics’ [DPR, LPR] and over 60 held in Russia and Russian-occupied Crimea. | detail

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28.12.2017

No end to waiting for the families of 2 Ukrainian soldiers captured in Putin’s Minsk II Debaltseve Deceit

Among the prisoners not released on Wednesday were two spetsnaz officers captured during the siege of Debaltseve by Russian soldiers and pro-Russian fighters. Serhiy Glondar and Oleksandr Korinkov will soon have been imprisoned for two years, and seem to be viewed as ’trophy hostages’ for hard negotiating | detail

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22.12.2017

Chilling details of how Russia-backed Donbas ‘republic’ instills terror

The Kremlin-backed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] has finally admitted to holding a Donetsk doctor and her husband prisoner almost two months after their disappearance led to a major search campaign.  Now those who took part in looking for the couple are feeling terrified that they too could be seized and face 12-20-year ‘sentences’ on surreal spying charges. | detail

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15.12.2017

17 years for pro-Ukraine photo & burning the flag of an unrecognized Russian-backed ‘republic’

Vlad [Vladyslav] Ovcharenko spent his 21st birthday on November 24 in a Luhansk SIZO [remand prison].  He had only recently been allowed a brief visit from his parents for the first time since he was ‘arrested’ over 13 months ago for a flash-mob with the Ukrainian flag and for burning the flag of the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR].  This the Russian-backed LPR ‘ministry of state security’ termed ‘spying’, sentencing the young man to 17 years’ imprisonment.  His friend and fellow football fan Artem Akhmerov got 13 years.  | detail

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13.12.2017

Russian-backed Donbas militants are keeping 5 teenagers imprisoned on ‘sabotage’ charges

Five teenagers, as young as 15 when seized, have been held in captivity in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] for well over a year.  Both the DPR militants and Russia made propaganda uses out of forced ‘confessions’ from the young lads immediately after their seizure, but appear to be simply holding them imprisoned | detail

Visits 3862
11.12.2017

Ukrainian judge blocks pension for severely disabled son of religious scholar held hostage in Donbas

Almost two years after renowned academic Ihor Kozlovskyy was seized by militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’, a judge in Kyiv has demanded that he be summoned to court before agreeing to reinstate his paralyzed son Slava’s pension.  The fact that his family is seeking to make Slava’s mother a second guardian because his father is in captivity was “of no interest” to judge Lyudmila Kizyun.. | detail

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04.12.2017

Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh released under ‘insane’ house arrest

After being jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea  for almost a year on flagrantly falsified charges, Ukrainian activist and farmer Volodymyr Balukh has been placed under house arrest.  While Balukh’s elderly mother is, of course, overjoyed, Balukh himself called the ruling ‘insane’, since it prohibits him from leaving the house (or using the Internet).  “Can you imagine it?  My mother will be spreading manure, looking after the farm, while I sit at home.   | detail

Visits 1629
27.11.2017

Russia jails four respected Crimean Tatars and spreads lies about ‘machine guns & drugs’ to discredit the Mejlis

Any doubt that the FSB arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea on November 23 which caused the death of Vedzhie Kashka, 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, were a special operation aimed at discrediting Crimean Tatars and theMejlis have been dispelled.   Russian and Kremlin-loyal Crimean media have come out with lies about supposed “ammunition, drugs and material of an extremist nature” found during the searches “of Mejlis” members. | detail

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17.11.2017

Another Crimean Tatar taken away ‘voluntarily’ after armed search

The whereabouts are unknown of Mustafa Mustafaev who was taken away by the armed and masked men who burst into the home he shares with his wife, a teacher of Crimean Tatar, and their sons. Crimean Tatar activists also report the worrying shots fired at a Crimean Tatar man’s home and view it as another form of intimidation. | detail

Visits 2072
16.11.2017

Putin ‘supports’ large-scale exchange of hostages held in Donbas

It remains to be seen whether reports from Moscow of ‘support’ for an exchange of prisoners signify movement or imitation of progress. Families who have been waiting 1,000 days or longer for the men’s return have had their hopes dashed too often before and many of the hostages are facing their second or third cold and hungry winter in captivity | detail

Visits 1834
10.11.2017

Donetsk man gets 10-year sentence for Twitter photos of Russian military equipment

A ‘military tribunal’ in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] has passed a 10-year sentence on a 43-year-old Ukrainian for what it calls ‘spying’.  Although few details are given, it seems possible that the person is Valery Nedosekin, a college director at the Donetsk Academy of Motor Transport.  If so, then the sentence would be for tweeting photos which show Russian military technology where it has no right to be, | detail

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09.11.2017

Russia wages major offensive against Crimean Tatar civic activists in occupied Crimea

One Crimean Tatar activist has been jailed for a legal solitary picket last month, another fined and several subjected to armed searches and interrogation in a new offensive against the civic initiative Crimean Solidarity and all those trying to publicize rights abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea.  | detail

Visits 2061
08.11.2017

Russia uses isolation, threats & closed trial to hide the one ’state secret’ of its Crimea sabotage plot

The trial of at least one of the Sevastopol Ukrainians whom Russia has accused of a ‘sabotage plot’ could be held behind closed doors.  The excuse given is that the case allegedly involves material containing state secrets. Scepticism is inevitable given the heavy pressure placed on the men to reject independent lawyers and admit ‘guilt’ and the fact that one of the men has already been sentenced on charges that bore no relation to the ‘confession on video’ that he gave, when showing obvious signs of having been beaten. | detail

Visits 1337
07.11.2017

New surreal confessions from Ukrainian ‘SBU agent’ seized by Russia backed Donbas militants

Oleksandr Polishchuk’s ‘confessions’ on video would elicit humour were it not for the regular reports of unnamed ‘spies’ and ‘saboteurs’ being sentenced to up to 22 years’’ imprisonment.  DPR leader Oleksandr Zakharchenko has also recently suggested that people he called ‘spies’ might simply be shot. | detail

Visits 1326
31.10.2017

Russian ‘Donetsk republic’ propagandist seized – or killed - in Donbas after speaking too freely

While media reports of Roman Manekin’s brutal murder remain unconfirmed, there seems no doubt that the prominent Russian journalist and propagandist for the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] was taken prisoner shortly after strong criticism of at least one of the ‘DPR’ leaders. There are also reports that the reason for his disappearance may lie in his denial of the official militant line on the killing of Russian warlord Arseny Pavlov, more notorious as ‘Motorola’. | detail

Visits 3428
30.10.2017

Luhansk militants sentence 2 young football fans to 17 & 13 years for ’spying for Ukraine’

Two young football fans seized by militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] in October 2016 have been ‘sentenced’ to 17 and 13 years. 21-year-old Vlad Ovcharenko and 20-year-old Artem Akhmerov were accused of spying for Ukraine over protests against the ‘LPR flag’, photos with the national flag of Ukraine and following Ovcharenko’s criticism of the militants to a German correspondent | detail

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