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14.09.2016

Ukraine’s SBU abducts asylum seeker, takes her by force to Russia

Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] have illegally seized a 26-year-old woman who had just applied for asylum in Kharkiv and forcibly taken her to Russia in a move which human rights activists have called treachery and which suggests a baffling degree of collaboration between Russia and Ukraine’s security services | detail

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13.09.2016

Kremlin-backed militants ‘arrest’ teenagers as ‘Ukrainian saboteurs’

Militants from the so-called ‘Donbas people’s republic’ [DNR] have ‘arrested’ 7 teenagers and claim that they were blowing up civilian and military targets for Ukraine’s SBU [Security Service]. The reports, backed only by videos of the lads supposedly ‘confessing’, are chillingly similar to Russia’s recent claim that Ukraine had ‘attacked’ Ukrainian Crimea under Russian occupation. | detail

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08.09.2016

Umerov Released: Only Russia’s Persecution Showed Pathology

What Russia was hoping to achieve by risking Umerov’s life and resorting to punitive psychiatry remains unclear. Presumably not the actual result, namely to highlight the Soviet-style repression unleashed since Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea | detail

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07.09.2016

Russia’s Trial of jailed Crimean Tatar leader turns openly racist

The current ‘trial’ of imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz is proving as openly contemptuous of the law as the charges themselves. Chiygoz has been prevented from attending his own ‘trial’, or even properly hearing what is being said, and the prosecutor makes no attempt to conceal his racist views | detail

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05.09.2016

Free Ilmi Umerov! Stop Political Terror in the Crimea!

Statement of the Ukrainian Center of the International PEN | detail

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04.09.2016

Pro-Kremlin Media Lies as International Pressure Mounts to Free Umerov

International protest over Russia’s prosecution and punitive psychiatry against Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has not gone unnoticed in Moscow. The demands for his immediate release are unheeded, but a newspaper close to the Kremlin has produced a supposed ‘interview’ trying to discredit Umerov and refute all grounds for protest. | detail

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02.09.2016

Strasbourg wants answers about Russia’s alleged ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ prisoner

Russia is continuing to hold Ukrainian Yevhen Panov prisoner in occupied Crimea, and preventing him from seeing an independent lawyer. The European Court of Human Rights has responded with hard-hitting questions about the legal grounds for the Ukrainian being deprived of his liberty, the origin of ’injuries and legal defence | detail

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31.08.2016

Jailed Crimean Tatar rights activist’s lawyer banned from Russian-occupied Crimea

The FSB must view telling the truth as a threat to Russia’s national security since there were no other grounds for banning Yevhenia Zakrevska. She is representing Emir-Huseyn Kuku whom the FSB first tried to ‘recruit’, then abduct, and are now holding in prison on trumped-up charges | detail

Visits 2385
31.08.2016

Archbishop Kliment appeals to Russian religious leaders to help free Umerov, other Crimean political prisoners

Archbishop Kliment, the Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Kyiv Patriarchate in Crimea which is itself facing persecution has called on Russian Patriarch Kirill and the Russian Supreme Mufti to help secure the release of Umerov, Chiygoz, Sentsov, Kolchenko and all those Ukrainian nationals persecuted for their convictions under Russian occupation | detail

Visits 1786
30.08.2016

HRW and Amnesty International distorted their own picture on abuses in Ukraine

Ukraine’s SBU [Security Service] heeded well-deserved criticism from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International and released 13 people it had been holding in a secret prison. As a result, both the SBU and Ukraine in general received a second hammering from the same NGOs. Perhaps it was still deserved, but it made for an extremely incomplete picture. | detail

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19.08.2016

Ukrainian civic activist tortured & ‘sentenced’ by Donbas Kremlin-backed militants

23-year-old Volodymyr Fomichov was taken hostage by Kremlin-backed militants from the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ over 7 months ago when he tried to visit his family in Makiyivka for New Year. He has now been ‘tried’ by the militants and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. | detail

Visits 3231
18.08.2016

KGB Echoes in Reaction to Ukrainian Bloggers’s Escape from Russian-occupied Crimea

After nearly a year spent in detention on ‘extremism’ charges, Yury Ilchenko, Sevastopol teacher and blogger, was released under house arrest. Expecting no justice from a court in Russian-occupied Crimea, Ilchenko decided to flee to mainland Ukraine. | detail

Visits 3227
18.08.2016

Scandalous amnesty law that could waive liability for Maidan crimes vetoed

President Petro Poroshenko has used his power of veto against a draft bill which in its present form could have removed liability for crimes against Maidan activists, looters and other serious offences | detail

Visits 1558
15.08.2016

Send a Sunflower for Independence Day to Russia’s Ukrainian Hostages

Ukraine is celebrating 25 years of Independence on August 24. The anniversary is poignant for so many reasons, but must be particularly painful for those Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea. Please show them solidarity with a breath of Ukraine – a sunflower! | detail

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12.08.2016

“Saboteur’ or tortured victim of Russia’s ’Ukrainian state terrorism’ hysteria shown on TV

The threatened Russian ‘response’ to alleged ‘attacks’ by Ukraine on Russian-occupied Crimea has not included answers to very basic questions, with the Russians supposedly killed remaining unnamed, together with almost all the alleged ’saboteurs’. One, however, in a format Russia has used since 2014, has now ’confessed’ on state-controlled Russian TV | detail

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05.08.2016

Sinister Russian FSB attack on lawyers defending Crimean political prisoners

Russia has long demonstrated that journalists, civic activists and all those who express independent views are at risk in Russian-occupied Crimea. On Thursday, there was a disturbing indication that the lawyers representing political prisoners may also be in danger. | detail

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19.07.2016

Genuine Investigations and Prosecutions for Increasing Crimes Committed in Eastern Ukraine Urgently Needed

Paris-Kharkiv, 19 July 2016. After a three-day seminar on documenting human rights violations held for Ukrainian lawyers and human rights defenders in Kharkiv from 4 to 6 July 2016, our organisations express their concern on the prevalent climate of impunity for crimes committed since the beginning of the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. | detail

Visits 1738
08.07.2016

When Abduction Turns to FSB ’Search’ in Russian-occupied Crimea

Did the FSB arrest Crimean Tatar rights activist Emir-Huseyn Kuku because an attempt to abduct him failed? There are serious grounds for thinking this and for yet again asking why the de facto authorities were so reluctant to launch an investigation into the recent abduction of Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov | detail

Visits 5322
07.07.2016

Poignant Day of Crimean Resistance

Ukraine’s government has formally established February 26 as the Day of Crimean Resistance to Russian Aggression. The choice of date is linked with one of the most cynical cases of repression specifically targeting Crimean Tatars that the West has failed to adequately address. The decision was made even more poignantly appropriate by coming on political prisoner Ali Asanov’s 31st birthday, his second in detention. | detail

Visits 2198
05.07.2016

Defending a national hero or dangerous extrajudicial methods?

The events on July 2 around the detention of former Aidar commander Valentyn Lykholit elicited widely divergent reactions and some worrying assumptions about what need not be considered in fighting ‘separatists’. | detail

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