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13.01.2017

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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12.01.2017

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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29.12.2016

Kremlin’s Donbas Proxies Use Russian FSB Tactics Against Luhansk Bloggers

The so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ is now holding two Luhansk bloggers – Edward Nedlyaev and Hennady Benitsky prisoner, accusing them of ‘extremism’ | detail

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29.12.2016

Forgotten ‘Crimean saboteur’ prisoner defended Ukraine during Russian invasion

Back in 2014 Crimean Tatar Ridvan Suleymanov was among the Ukrainians who held out for over 20 days, refusing to abandon a Ukrainian military unit surrounded by Russian soldiers. Two years later he is in FSB detention, part of a grotesque attempt to accuse Ukraine of ‘sabotage’ and ‘incursions’ on its own territory . | detail

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26.12.2016

No investigation into abduction of Crimean Tatar activist, just FSB surveillance of his parents

Seven months after Ervin Ibragimov’s abduction from near his home in Russian-occupied Crimea, there is nothing to suggest that the de facto authorities are trying to find him. Instead, they have men following the Crimean Tatar activist’s parents. Ervin Ibragimov had reported such surveillance just before he was abducted. | detail

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19.12.2016

Ukrainian savagely beaten in Russian-occupied Crimea then arrested

It was not enough that the only person punished after Ihor Movenko was brutally attacked was the Ukrainian himself, not his assailant. Now Movenko has been arrested and beaten, this time by the FSB to force him to ‘confess’ to extremism. | detail

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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

Visits 3152
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

Visits 2167
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

Visits 1695
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

Visits 1646
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

Visits 2443
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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