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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

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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

Visits 4231
10.10.2016

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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03.10.2016

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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14.09.2016

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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13.09.2016

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

Visits 4576
08.09.2016

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

Visits 3410
07.09.2016

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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05.09.2016

Free Ilmi Umerov! Stop Political Terror in the Crimea!

Statement of the Ukrainian Center of the International PEN | detail

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04.09.2016

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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