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12.12.2016

Ukrainian activist arrested on fabricated charges in Russian-occupied Crimea

Crimean activist Volodymyr Balukh has been arrested by the Russian FSB just 10 days after he hung a plaque on his home in memory of the people killed during Euromaidan. | detail

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09.12.2016

Torture, threats & absurd ‘confessions’ in FSB’s new ‘Crimean saboteur’ plots

The FSB’s new Crimean ‘plots’, in their use of torture, televised ‘confessions’ and grandiose claims, bear an eerie similarity to the first Crimean arrests in May 2014 of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and other opponents of Russia’s occupation, but there are some key differences | detail

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30.11.2016

Kremlin-backed militants arrest dissident Luhansk blogger

Militants from the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ have ’arrested’ a Luhansk Internet blogger Edward Nedelyaev, who spoke openly with a Bild correspondent this summer. They claim that he circulated ‘extremist material’ & accuse him of ’state treason’ | detail

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30.11.2016

Russia targets only Crimean Tatars and their families in revenge prosecution

Not satisfied with imprisoning Crimean Tatars on absurd charges regarding a pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia has no jurisdiction, the occupying state is increasingly applying methods of intimidation and repression against prisoners’ families. | detail

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29.11.2016

Militants stage ‘public repentance’ spectacle with supposed teenage ‘saboteurs’

Kremlin-backed militants have produced yet another propaganda ‘pardoning’ stunt involving two ‘Ultra’ football fans, while threatening that two very young men could face 20-year ‘sentences’ for so-called ’state treason, spying &‘desecration of the state flag’ | detail

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27.11.2016

Russia charges Crimean pensioner with ’state treason’ & spying for Ukraine

Ukraine in turn has accused Russia’s FSB of simply scouring databases for their next ’spot the Ukrainian spy’ arrest | detail

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23.11.2016

Russia continues Crimean arrests with debunked ’Ukrainian nationalist’ proof

Two more Crimeans have been arrested and remanded in custody accused by Russia of planning acts of ‘sabotage’. Typically the main news source was provided by Dmitry Kiselyov, described by the BBC as ‘Russia’s chief spin doctor’, in a long feature under the title ‘The latest failure by Ukrainian intelligence: saboteurs failed to harm Crimea” | detail

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21.11.2016

Another supposed ’Ukrainian Crimean saboteur’ hostage found on Russian TV

A fourth Ukrainian arrested by Russia and accused of being part of a ‘Crimean sabotage’ plot in early August has been identified through close scrutiny of Russian state-controlled television | detail

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15.11.2016

International protest over Russian FSB arrest of well-known Crimean scholars

The FSB has posted videoed ‘confessions’ from two of its three alleged ‘Crimean saboteurs’, both renowned academics, but has not allowed lawyers to see the men. The third man, Volodymyr Dudka, a retired military man, was allowed to briefly see a lawyer and told her that his ‘confession’ was extracted through threats to his family. | detail

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11.11.2016

Russia makes new ‘Crimean Saboteur’ Arrests’ with old Right Sector card as ‘proof’

Three more Ukrainians have been arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea accused of ‘sabotage’ for Ukrainian military intelligence, with the Russian media shown a ‘Right Sector business card’ that caused Internet mirth 2 years ago as ’evidence’ | detail

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09.11.2016

Judge seized by Kremlin-backed Donbas militants after arriving for his father’s funeral

Kremlin-backed militants from the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LNR] have taken Vitaly Rudenko , a judge from the Luhansk Regional Court of Appeal, prisoner and are threatening to try him for ’state treason’ | detail

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08.11.2016

Kremlin-backed militants ’arrest’ football fans for mystery ’treason’, real Ukrainian flag

Kremlin-backed militants who have been holding two young Luhansk football fans - Vlad Ovcharenko & Artem Akhmerov - prisoner for a month have suddenly announced their ‘arrest’ as though it happened on Russia’s ‘National Unity’ Day. It is not only the timing, but also the supposed ‘plot’ uncovered that seems suspiciously adapted for the Russian media | detail

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02.11.2016

Russia prevents ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ hostages seeing lawyers after torture exposed

Russia’s FSB are preventing Ukrainian prisoners Yevhen Panov and Andriy Zakhtei from seeing a lawyer, or receiving letters and parcels from Ukraine. They and imprisoned Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko are now in even greater danger since real human rights activists will no longer be able to visit them | detail

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31.10.2016

The Children Russia has Taken Hostage

While it is Russia’s imprisonment of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and others that gets reported, there are several times more victims, and many of them very small | detail

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29.10.2016

New strategy needed to make Russia’s Ukrainian hostage-taking hurt & bring political prisoners home

Relatives and lawyers representing Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian political prisoners have demanded a new strategy for putting pressure on Moscow and coordinating efforts. Much more is needed than mere statements of protest, as the number of prisoners in Russia and Russian-occupied Crimea mounts. | detail

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28.10.2016

Russia’s First Crimean Political Prisoner Found After More Than Two Years.

Maidan activist Mykola Shiptur has been held prisoner in Russian-occupied Crimea since March 9, 2014, but his case has only just come to light now thanks to human rights activists noticing the clear political elements in an alleged criminal conviction. | detail

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28.10.2016

10-year sentence for being a Crimean Tatar and Muslim?

Refat Alimov is turning 25 on Oct 28. He will be spending his birthday in the overcrowded and filthy Simferopol SIZO facing surreal ‘terrorism’ charges based solely on totally unproven involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine and in most countries. | detail

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27.10.2016

Kremlin-backed militants are refusing to release 62-year-old Donetsk religious specialist

62-year-old Ihor Kozlovskyy, a renowned religious specialist active in interfaith dialogue, has been held prisoner by militants from the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DNR] since late January this year | detail

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26.10.2016

Jailed for refusing to bear false testimony against Crimean Tatar leader

Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy are paying a high price in Russian-occupied Crimea for their commitment to Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and for their own personal integrity. Both men are charged over a pre-annexation demonstration that Russia can have no jurisdiction over, and are almost certainly being held in detention as revenge for their refusal to give false testimony against the third political prisoner, Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz | detail

Visits 4160
18.10.2016

Donbas militants ’arrest’ young football fans for photos with a Ukrainian flag

Several young people have been accused by militants from the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ of ‘spying for Ukraine’ and ‘treason’, with this seemingly linked to photographs they posted at the end of August on social networks with the Ukrainian flag | detail

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