Kremlin-backed militants prove nobody is safe in Donbas

While 60-year-old religious scholar Ihor Kozlovsky and the coordinator of a volunteer initiative Marina Cherenkova remain imprisoned by Kremlin-backed militants in Donetsk, Cherenkova’s fellow volunteers have been forcibly removed from militant-controlled territory. | detail

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What Minsk Accord? Luhansk journalist held hostage by Kremlin-backed militants for 12 months

11 months after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agreement in Minsk that all prisoners must be released, the Kremlin-backed militants are continuing to hold a number of prisoners, including many civilians, like 31-year-old Luhansk journalist Maria Varfolomeyeva. | detail

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Disappearances and Groups at Risk in Russian-Occupied Crimea

Islam Dzhepparov was just 19 when he and his cousin were abducted in Crimea on Sept 27, 2014. It was his 20th birthday on Nov 13 – if he is still alive. Civic activist Timur Shaimardanov was 33 when he disappeared on May 26 2014, after peaceful protest against Russia’s annexation of Crimea. | detail

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Evangelical pastor taken hostage by Kremlin-backed militants

Taras Sen, Pastor of the Church of the Christian Evangelical Faith in Sverdlovsk, was seized by militants from the so-called Luhansk people’s republic on Sept 27 | detail

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Journalist held hostage by Kremlin-backed militants for 9 months

Earlier threats against Maria Varfolomeyeva of a ’trial’ similar to that which Russia is orchestrating against Nadiya Savchenko, seem to have subsided, but there is still no progress on obtaining her release, with the negotiations having been disrupted for a tragic reason earlier this year. | detail

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Jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea for a Ukrainian flag

A young man has been jailed for 15 days for supposed breach of the peace early in the morning on Ukraine’s Independence Day when he and another young man and woman were only trying to photograph themselves with a Ukrainian flag on Mount Mitridat in the centre of Kerch. | detail

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7 months in Kremlin-backed militant captivity: "You expect to die every day"

Crimean Tatar volunteer Gaide Rizayeva spoke in a Radio Svoboda interview of the terrible uncertainty and lawlessness of the long months held hostage by militants, and of her belief that Crimea will again be Ukrainian. If nothing else works, she and other Crimean Tatars will be willing to take up arms to liberate their homeland, she says. | detail

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Ukrainian swimmer flees persecution in Crimea: “It’s worse than Soviet times!”

Sevastopol marathon swimmer Oleg Sofyanik has decided to stay in mainland Ukraine after being summoned for questioning about another Ukrainian, Yury Ilchenko who is in detention, seemingly for an article opposing Russia’s occupation of Crimea. | detail

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Ukrainian teacher arrested in Crimea on ‘extremism’ charges

37-year-old Yury Ilchenko was arrested on July 2 and remains in detention almost certainly over an article condemning Russia’s annexation of Crimea and calling for an end to Russia’s war against Ukraine. This, in Russian-occupied Crimea, can earn you criminal prosecution for so-called ‘extremism’. | detail

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Moscow’s Kafkaesque ’Ukrainian Spy’ Cases

Two Ukrainian nationals, one elderly and in poor health, have been held in Russian detention now for almost a year on mystery spying charges. The degree of secrecy, intimidation and insistence that both men only see lawyers provided by the investigators arouse serious concern that the men’s nationality is the main ‘incriminating’ factor. | detail

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Arrest a Ukrainian – Russia’s Investigative Committee will do the rest

Serhiy Litvinov crossed the border into Russia to get treatment for an inflamed tooth, and found himself taken into a forest and tortured until he confessed to multiple crimes, allegedly ‘proving’ the Russian Investigative Committee’s accusations against Ukraine of ‘genocide of the Russian-speaking population’ and illegal warfare | detail

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Call for Action to Free Luhansk Journalist held Hostage for 5 Months

Maria Varfolomeyeva had remained in Luhansk after the Kremlin-backed militants seized control in order to care for her grandmother who was ill. The 30-year-old journalist was taken prisoner in early January and has now been held hostage longer than any journalist so far, and her captors keep changing the conditions for her release | detail

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‘Azov Battalion’ Show Trial brewing in Russian-occupied Crimea

A month after an alleged member of the ‘Azov’ Battalion was arrested in Crimea, the man remains unnamed, but the list of his supposed offences now includes an attack on a synagogue and on a mosque, as well as on the prosecutor’s office. Let’s hope the court learns his name since, according to Crimean Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya, this Mr ‘Azov fighter’ is facing a life sentence. | detail

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Desperate plea from Luhansk hostage facing 15-year ‘sentence’

30-year-old Luhansk journalist Maria Varfolomeyeva is clearly seen as a trophy by the Kremlin-backed militants. A new video of their terrorized captive, whom they are threatening with a ’trial’ and 15-year ’sentence’, has now been broadcast for propaganda purposes by Russia’s LifeNews TV channel. | detail

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Plans to abolish right of release on bail in certain cases condemned

Human rights groups have issued an open appeal in connection with legislative initiatives proposing to abolish the option of bail as a restraint measure. | detail

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Crimean rights activist detained

Emir-Usein Kuku, member of the Contact Group on Human Rights has been taken away after police arrived at his home in Yalta on Monday morning. He was read a decision stating that he is suspected of “inciting hatred or enmity, and also denigrating human dignity”. | detail

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Attack on Pro-Ukrainian Activist in Crimea

In just over a month Leonid Kuzmin has lost his job as a teacher, been sentenced to 40 hours community work and warned of ‘extremism’ for a Ukrainian flag. He has now faced an attack by young thugs which left him with concussion. | detail

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Luhansk militants hold journalist hostage, threaten 15-year ‘sentence’

There are echoes of the lawlessness demonstrated with respect to Nadiya Savchenko in the plight of Maria Varfolomeyeva, a young Luhansk journalist and civic activist who was taken hostage by Kremlin-backed militants of the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [‘LNR’] at the beginning of the year. | detail

Visits 5605

Freed Ukrainian journalist says separatists ’being trained for an offensive’

Roman Cheremsky, Kharkiv journalist held for almost 5 months by Kremlin-backed militants talks of his experiences and expectation that the militants will eventually fail | detail

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Luhansk journalist freed after 5 months in captivity

Luhansk journalist and chief editor of the Internet public Polityka 2.0, Serhiy Sakadynsky is finally free after being held by Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ | detail

Visits 3545

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