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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Russia wants to discredit Minsk Agreement to get sanctions removed without leaving Donbas

The Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas keep coming up with new huge lists of people whose release they demand in exchange for Ukrainian soldiers and civilians held hostage. Some of the people are completely unknown, while others have committed murders or other grave crimes with no connection to the war in Donbas | detail

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Which Repression in Russian-occupied Crimea is ‘Smart’, Mr Trump?

The ever-increasing number of Crimean political prisoners and forced disappearances may not bother Donald Trump or Henry Kissinger but they are compelling reasons why any deals with Russia which include acceptance of its occupation of Crimea or removal of sanctions are unacceptable. | detail

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Kremlin’s Donbas Proxies Claim Ukraine Tried to Hack & Influence Trump Campaign

Luhansk militants have posted another videoed ‘confession’ from one of the pro-Ukrainian bloggers they are holding prisoner. It is difficult to see the point this time, unless to please Russia by claiming that Ukraine also tried to hack a US presidential candidate - the one Russia supported. | detail

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