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07.04.2017

2 Crimean Tatars on trial for a pre-annexation pro-Ukraine rally released under house arrest

Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy are home with their families after almost two years in custody. Both are under house arrest and their surreal trial is continuing, but at least they have been freed from custody. Russia is continuing to hold Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Akhtem Chiygoz in custody and prevent him from even attending his own trial | detail

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06.04.2017

Crimean supporters of Russian annexation jailed after criticizing ruling party

Journalist Alexei Nazimov and Alushta City Council deputy Pavel Stepanchenko have been held in custody in Russian-occupied Crimea for over 6 months. The charges keep changing, but the men are essentially accused of extorting money for agreeing not to publish compromising information in a newspaper that had long ceased publication. | detail

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06.04.2017

Ukrainian jailed in occupied Crimea because someone with a different name is wanted by Interpol

Kabir Mohammad, a Ukrainian citizen originally from Afghanistan and his Ukrainian family have paid a high price for their attempted visit on September 14, 2016. Mohammad was seized by Russian border guards that day because a person with a different name but same country of origin is on Interpol’s wanted list | detail

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31.03.2017

Crimean Tatar activist jailed for video posted 7 years ago in new wave of repression

Remzi Bekirov has been jailed for three days in an escalating offensive against Crimean Tatars who actively report on repression in Russian-occupied Crimea. It is doubtless intentional that the pretext should have been a social network post from long before Russia’s annexation of Crimea and on a VKontakte page that he had long deleted | detail

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30.03.2017

Crimean Tatar activist abducted by masked men from outside court

Belyal Adilov was seized by men in camouflage gear and masks from outside the High Court in Russian-occupied Crimea on March 29 in the latest attempt to terrorize Crimean Tatars and deter them from showing solidarity with victims of persecution | detail

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28.03.2017

Kremlin-backed militants free blogger accused of ’extremism’, others still held hostage for pro-Ukrainian stand

53-year-old Hennady Benitsky has been released several months after being seized by militants from the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LNR], who have not terminated their charges of ‘extremism’. Edward Nedelyaev, who was arrested earlier, remains in militant custody, as do others seized for a pro-Ukrainian position and critical comments. | detail

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16.03.2017

FSB abduct & threaten to bury Crimean Tatar alive to force false testimony

A young Crimean Tatar was effectively abducted on Wednesday by Russian FSB officers who took him to a field and threatened to bury him if he refused to testify against 6 men, including a prominent human rights activist, facing gravely flawed charges. | detail

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15.03.2017

Human rights activists seized by FSB on Crimea border may have been led into a trap

The Coordinator of the Crimean Human Rights Group and two other rights activists detained by armed FSB officers and illegally held for 7 hours near the Crimean border may have been deliberately tricked to provide a pretext for their detention. They were, thankfully, released, but the incident remains of great concern. | detail

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13.03.2017

Captured Ukrainian soldiers ‘confess’ to militant killings & terrorism in Donbas & Russia

The so-called Luhansk people’s republic has extracted, almost certainly through torture, ‘confessions’ from two Ukrainian soldiers to killing one prominent militant and planning terrorist attacks on Russian cities. | detail

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04.03.2017

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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03.03.2017

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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28.02.2017

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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27.02.2017

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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22.02.2017

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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22.02.2017

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

Visits 3985
21.02.2017

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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20.02.2017

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

Visits 3921
17.02.2017

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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09.02.2017

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

Visits 2715
03.02.2017

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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