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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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

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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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FSB Moves ‘Ukrainian Crimea Saboteur’ Prisoners to Russia To Hide Proof of Torture

There is reason to believe that Yevhen Panov and Andriy Zakhtei, two Ukrainians held prisoner by the FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea have been taken to Russia, with this coming soon after compelling evidence was made public of the torture Panov was subjected to. | detail

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Ukrainian journalist seized in Russia on mystery ‘spying’ charges

Ukrinform has reacted with outrage to the detention in Moscow of its journalist Roman Sushchenko, and to the fact that his whereabouts and the supposed ‘spying charges’ were learned about from the Russian media. It believes this to be the latest act of deliberate provocation by Russia against Ukrainians | detail

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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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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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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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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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Free Ilmi Umerov! Stop Political Terror in the Crimea!

Statement of the Ukrainian Center of the International PEN | detail

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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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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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“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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