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29.06.2016

Stark warning of Soviet-style dangers for Ukrainians visiting Crimea

Ukrainian volunteer Natalya Vashchenko advises any Ukrainians travelling to Russian-occupied Crimea to be extremely careful, to avoid any comments on social networks or unnecessary conversations. Her recent experiences with the FSB make her advice well-worth heeding | detail

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22.06.2016

Kremlin-backed militants refuse to release hostages of Putin’s Minsk II deceit

Any talk about easing sanctions against Russia for partial compliance must seem particularly insulting to the wives of two Ukrainian military officers - Oleksandr Korinkov and Serhiy Glondar - taken prisoner during the siege of Debaltseve in February 2015, four days after a supposed ceasefire agreed by Vladimir Putin in Minsk | detail

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14.06.2016

Ukrainian musician finally freed after 4 years imprisonment on rigged charges

The Podilsky District Court in Kyiv has finally released world-renowned accordionist Ihor Zavadsky from custody almost two months after a rigged sentence was revoked over 4 years after he was first arrested | detail

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12.06.2016

Ihor Zavadsky as a mirror of the Ukrainian justice system

On June 13, a new court examination begins in the Podilsky District Court of the charges against virtuoso accordionist Ihor Zavadsky. The issue will be determined of whether he remains in custody | detail

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26.05.2016

Where is Russia’s ‘Minsk Implementation’ while so many Ukrainians remained imprisoned?

Nadiya Savchenko’s release is wonderful, but Western attempts to speak of Russia’s implementation of the Minsk Agreement seem at very best optimistic. There is little or no progress on freeing the other Ukrainians unlawfully held in Russia and a large, and increasing number of Ukrainians, most of them Crimean Tatars, imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea. | detail

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23.05.2016

Russia’s brutal revenge on Crimean Tatar political prisoner for refusal to collaborate

PLEASE SEND, SHARE & TWEET BIRTHDAY GREETINGS to Crimean Tatar political prisoner Mustafa #Degermendzhy who is turning 27 on May 22. It is his second birthday in custody in Russian-occupied Crimea facing absurd charges linked with a pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia has no jurisdiction. . | detail

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16.05.2016

Russia has Repression of Crimean Tatars Now to Hide – If the West Lets Them

Russian pro-Kremlin channels’ efforts to undermine Jamala’s song 1944 and her victory were probably to be expected. Russia has a lot to conceal, and not first and foremost about the Deportation, but about its repression and terror against the Crimean Tatar people now | detail

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13.05.2016

Crimean Tatar Mejlis Leader Arrested on ‘Extremism’ Charges

The charges against Ilmi Umerov, the Deputy Head of the Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative assembly clearly identify what Russia understands as ‘extremism’, namely opposition to Russia’s occupation of Crimea. Umerov is accused of “openly calling for the return of Crimea to Ukraine”. | detail

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13.05.2016

Stalinist Echoes in New Armed Arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea

Four more Crimean Tatars have been arrested and could face long terms of imprisonment on trumped-up ‘terrorism’ charges following the latest offensive in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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26.04.2016

Why are Putin’s Enemies held in Ukrainian Prisons?

If Ukraine’s SBU has evidence that Olga Sheveleva, Anastasia Leonova and Pavel Pyatakov were working for Russia’s FSB, they have not revealed it. Yet they are being held in detention on the ludicrous grounds that they could flee to Russia, where each can expect arrest for their opposition to the Putin regime and support for Ukraine | detail

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25.04.2016

Kyiv court quashes famous accordionist’s rigged sentence yet refuses to release him

After 4 years imprisoned on fabricated sex-crime charges, Ihor Zavadsky should have been released after the court finally threw out a gravely flawed conviction and 13-year-sentence | detail

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12.04.2016

Arrested in Ukraine for being Russian?

It is 4 months since Anastasia Leonova was arrested in Kyiv and concern is mounting that the 33-year-old Kremlin critic is in detention on ‘terrorism’ charges because Ukraine’s SBU needed a Russian. Not just one, with the grounds for detaining 2 other Russians also questionable. | detail

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10.03.2016

Ukrainian Journalist Details Her 419 Days In Separatist Captivity

The separatists would tell Maria Varfolomeyeva that she had "resort conditions" in her captivity. "As if, when you don’t get beaten up, that’s a resort," she said. | detail

Visits 2276
03.03.2016

Luhansk journalist Maria Varfolomeyeva freed after 14 months captivity

Kremlin-backed militants have finally released Maria Varfolomeyeva, the Luhansk journalist held hostage since Jan 2015. She was exchanged for a Russian soldier and a civilian, and is now safely on government-controlled territory. | detail

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29.02.2016

Militants again refuse to release Luhansk journalist Maria Varfolomeyeva

Kremlin-backed militants in the Luhansk oblast had promised to release 31-year-old Maria Varfolomeyeva on Feb 26, but yet again failed to do so. The Luhansk journalist who has been held hostage since for 13 months is said to be in a very bad physical and psychological state. | detail

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23.02.2016

Kremlin-backed militants drive out another vital aid charity as ’western spies’

Marina Cherenkova has been released after nearly a month imprisoned and ’deported’, with her vital ’Responsible Citizens NGO effectively accused of being a cover for western security services. There is no news about renowned religious specialist Ihor Kozlovsky taken prisoner a few days earlier | detail

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19.02.2016

FSB armed terror, torture & lawlessness against Crimean Muslims

Armed searches are continuing in Russian-occupied Crimea with torture methods used against at least one Crimean Tatar. More details have also emerged of the four Crimean Muslims remanded in custody, though none that could possibly explain their arrest. The wife of the sole non-Crimean Tatar assumes that her husband is under arrest so that the occupation authorities can say they’re not targeting Crimean Tatars | detail

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15.02.2016

Donbas militants could sentence Ukrainian hostages to death for ’spying’

The first official ‘death penalty’ in the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [‘DNR’] was announced on Feb 12, following new seizures of civilians, such as 60-year-old academic Ihor Kozlovsky and assertions that the Kremlin-backed militants are not holding hostages, only people accused of ‘crimes’ who could face the death penalty | detail

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13.02.2016

Crimean Tatar Rights Activist & 3 others jailed on Russian-style ’terrorism’ charges

A court in Russian-occupied Simferopol has remanded in custody four Crimean Muslims, including Emir-Huseyn Kuku from the Crimean Contact Group on Human Rights. The court hearings coincided with a second day of armed searches specifically of Crimean Tatar homes. | detail

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12.02.2016

New Attack on Crimean Tatar Muslims in Russian-occupied Crimea

Four Crimean Tatars, including Emir Huseyn Kuku, a member of the Crimean Contact Group on Human Rights, remain in custody after a day in which the Russian FSB and OMON riot police carried out at least eleven armed searches of Crimean Tatar Muslim homes and detained 12 people.   Fears that Russia is fabricating a new ‘terrorism’ case have now been confirmed | detail

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