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25.03.2016

Russian-occupied Crimea prosecutor promises revenge for Euromaidan

As reward for ignoring their oath to serve Ukraine and collaboration with an occupying nation, Natalya Poklonskaya has designated ex-Berkut officers who took part in attempts to crush Euromaidan as ‘injured party’ in prosecutions over which Russian-occupied Crimea has absolutely no jurisdiction | detail

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24.03.2016

Surreal calls for ‘fair trial’ in Russia’s lawless terror against Crimean Tatars

A UN body’s recent call for a ‘fair trial’ in a prosecution which defies fundamental principles of law and jurisdiction is just one of the indications that the West doesn’t know what to do about Russia’s Crimean political prisoners and is doing next to nothing. | detail

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01.03.2016

Prominent Crimean Azov Civic Corps Leader Arrested, Tortured & Accused of Working for Russia

Ukraine’s Security Service have arrested Stanislav Krasnov, close friend of Crimean political prisoner Oleksandr Kostenko and himself wanted on politically motivated charges in Russian-occupied Crimea. The SBU accuse the former commander of the volunteer Krym Battalion and now leader of the Azov Crimea Civil Corps of spying for Russia’s FSB. | detail

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25.02.2016

Journalist named Ukraine’s First Prisoner of Conscience in 5 years

Amnesty International has named Ukrainian freelance journalist and blogger Ruslan Kotsaba a prisoner of conscience in its latest report. The NGO’s coverage of events in Donbas and Crimea can be disputed, but its assessment of Kotsaba’s ongoing imprisonment over contentious utterances but on even more dubious charges seems depressingly fair | detail

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17.02.2016

Russia’s Crimean Tatar show trial proves too shoddy even for the court

In a surprise move on Feb 15, the Supreme Court in Russian-occupied Crimea sent the case against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and 5 other Crimean Tatars back for ‘further investigation’. This came on the same day that the Memorial Human Rights Centre condemned the trial and recognized Chiygoz, Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy as political prisoners. | detail

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09.02.2016

Kremlin-backed Donbas militants threaten to execute Ukrainian prisoners

A spokesperson for the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’[‘DNR’] has claimed that the militants are not holding any civilians nor anybody illegally. All those in custody, Darya Morozova asserts, are ‘under investigation’, and could be sentenced to death. | detail

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09.02.2016

Ukrainian sentenced for civic stand after farcical trial in Russian-occupied Crimea

Volodymyr Balukh has been convicted of ‘insulting a police officer’ after a prosecution and trial that were at once comically inept, and a clear message to any Crimeans taking a civic position – and displaying a Ukrainian flag | detail

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08.02.2016

On attempts to destroy accordionist Igor Zavadsky, or four years in prison on false charges

Full text of the interview with Andriy Bryhida for the newspaper "Evening Poltava" | detail

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28.01.2016

A Crimean Kafkaesque Trial Hidden from Council of Europe Eyes

The Jan 27 hearing in the trial in Russian-occupied Crimea of Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and other Crimean Tatars ended within minutes on Wednesday, with the presence in the peninsula of a Council of Europe fact-finding delegation suggested as a likely reason. There certainly is a lot the Russian occupation regime has reason to conceal. | detail

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27.01.2016

Ukrainian farmer persecuted for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea

The trial is ending in Russian-occupied Crimea of a Ukrainian farmer accused of ‘publicly insulting a police officer’. The circumstances of this case, and previous run-ins over recent months give serious grounds for believing that Volodymyr Balukh is facing systematic persecution for taking an openly pro-Ukrainian stand | detail

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22.01.2016

New Surreal Trial of Maidan Activist in Russian-occupied Crimea

A sinister new trial is looming in Russian-occupied Crimea of a young Maidan activist accused of being a member of a non-existent ‘extremist’ group and trying to murder Berkut officers | detail

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12.01.2016

Controversial acquittal of mayor accused of organizing Kremlin-backed separatist ‘referendum’

Volodymyr Protsenko, mayor of Debaltseve, was accused by Ukraine’s Security Service and directly by the Interior Minister of active involvement in the Kremlin-backed militants’ so-called ‘referendum’ of May 11, 2014 on the creation of ‘people’s republics’ | detail

Visits 1532
31.12.2015

Write to Russia’s political prisoners in Crimea!

Please help break through Russia’s information blockade and tell people – politicians, the media about these prosecutions. And join the #letmypeoplego Marathon, writing to the men and letting them known they’re not forgotten | detail

Visits 2563
30.12.2015

Disturbing Circus over Detention of UKROP Party Leader Hennady Korban

The grotesque 30-hour hearing of a man taken by force from hospital raises serious rights concerns and questions about the motives, which are only exacerbated by the events coinciding with the release from all restrictions of Yanukovych’s justice minister Olena Lukash | detail

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29.12.2015

Kharkiv Human Rights Group Statement

The case of Hennady Korban demonstrates a significant increase in brutality shown by the law enforcement bodies against those accused of committing crimes. KHPG demands that human rights standards are observed in criminal proceedings and that the state and its bodies and officials demonstrate a humane attitude to Ukrainian citizens regardless of their convictions, political, ethnic. religious or other affiliations. | detail

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29.12.2015

Crimean Tatar Mejlis Leader on Trial for Obstructing Putin’s Plans?

As the trial begins of Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and other Crimean Tatars over a pre-annexation demonstration, important details of the events on Feb 26, 2014 could explain the extraordinary persistence in continuing with a prosecution and trial which not only contravene fundamental principles of law, but are also in breach of Russia’s own legislation. | detail

Visits 3608
28.12.2015

Russia’s Attack on Crimean Tatar Leader nears Lawless Conclusion

A ‘trial’ is about to begin in Russian-occupied Crimea which flies in the face of all principles of law and which is openly targeting Crimean Tatars. | detail

Visits 3105
23.12.2015

Muslims labelled ‘terrorists’ under Russian occupation

4 Crimean Tatars are imprisoned in Crimea facing heavy sentences for involvement in an organization that is legal in Ukraine and other countries, but which Russia has labelled ‘terrorist’. There is no evidence that any of the men committed any crime, nor indeed that one of the men is even a member of Hizb ut-Takhrir.  | detail

Visits 3097
09.12.2015

Another Crimean Tatar sentenced over meeting with Mustafa Dzhemiliev

A ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has passed a one-year suspended sentence on Edem Osmanov over the peaceful protest on May 3 when veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev was prevented from entering his homeland | detail

Visits 1498
27.11.2015

Crimean court refuses to investigate imprisoned Maidan activist’s torture

After a ‘confession’ tortured out of Ukrainian Euromaidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko was used to imprison him on surreal charges, a military court in Russian-occupied Crimea has refused to even consider his appeal against the refusal to investigate clear evidence of torture | detail

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