Ukrainian police violently dispersed protesters without any court order
It is becoming increasingly clear that there was no legal justification for the dispersal of a tent camp of protesters from outside the Verkhovna Rada on 3 March and the detaining of over 100 activists. The Head of the Human Rights Ombudsperson’s Secretariat also reports that the nature of the bodily injuries sustained during the dispersal suggests that the police used excessive force.
Crimean Tatar woman attacked for protesting Russia’s destruction of 16th century Khan’s Palace
28-year-old Elmaz Akimova was harassed on 25 February for her peaceful protest over the “shocking vandalism under the guise of restoration” which is destroying the Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai
Russia deploys armed police and dogs in new offensive against Crimean Solidarity
In the latest attack on the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative, a huge contingent of Russian OMON riot police have disrupted the monthly meeting held to discuss ways of helping political prisoners and their families. There was no real attempt to come up with a credible reason for what was clearly an attempt at intimidation - one that follows the arrests of several Crimea Solidarity activists on trumped-up charges.
Ukrainian police disturbingly passive during far-right attack on Kyiv gathering in memory of Markelov & Baburova
A planned remembrance gathering on January 19 in honour of slain Sevastopol journalist Anastasia Baburova and Russian lawyer Stanislav Markelov was disrupted on January 19 by thugs from the far-right C14 group. Civic activists monitoring the police officers’ failure to protect people at a peaceful gathering believe that their behaviour indicates disturbing bias.
Racist grounds given for mass persecution of Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea
Police in Russian-occupied Crimea have on several occasions tried to justify detaining Crimean Tatars holding legal solitary pickets by claiming that their protest “aroused dissatisfaction among the Slavonic population”.
Mass ‘trials’ of Crimean Tatars for legal pickets against repression in Russian-occupied Crimea
By the end of a wave of new repressive prosecutions, Russia will have extorted close on one million roubles from up to 86 Crimean Tatars whose protests were in full compliance with the occupying state’s draconian anti-protest legislation.
Crimean Tatar activist abducted, then prosecuted as Russia continues terror tactics against Crimean Solidarity
Rustem Osmanov, an activist from the civic initiative Crimea Solidarity, was taken from his home by unidentified men without insignia on Monday morning. In comparison with at least three activists who are facing huge sentences for showing solidarity with political prisoners in Russian-occupied Crimea and their families, Osmanov was ‘lucky’ in merely being fined 10 thousand roubles on trumped up charges
Crimean Tatars prosecuted for legal pickets and the truth about persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea
In its zeal to prevent the truth being told about its political repression in occupied Crimea, Russia is even flouting its own legislation. At very least three Crimean Tatars are now facing administrative charges for entirely legal single-person pickets on October 14.
Beating up Crimean Tatar activists is OK in occupied Crimea, demonstrating contempt for the assailants a ’crime’
24-year-old Shevket Razzakov is facing criminal charges in Russian-occupied Crimea for spitting at a Russian National Guard sniper during the armed search of another Crimean Tatar. None of the officers involved in beating up peaceful activists and hospitalizing one of them during the events that day is under investigation.
49 Crimean Tatars detained for legal pickets demanding an end to persecution
Crimean Tatars have reacted to the new arrests on ‘terrorism’ charges of civic activists in Russian-occupied Crimea by holding single-person pickets with placards reading: “Crimean Tatars are not terrorists. Give children their fathers back” and “Fabricating criminal cases – it’s this that’s TERROR”. .
Russia bans Crimean Tatar Football Match in Occupied Crimea, yet allowed to host 2018 World Cup
Police controlled by the country which is hosting the World Football Cup in 2018 banned young Crimean Tatars from holding a football match on September 16, and forced them to remove the Crimean Tatar flag. The match which had already begun was not allowed to continue, and three people were taken aside for ‘questioning’, including the trainer..
Ukraine’s Independence Day in Russian-occupied Crimea: “You feel the difference between freedom and non-freedom”
‘Only’ two Ukrainian activists were detained in Russian-occupied Crimea on Ukraine’s Independence Day. That, however, was probably because most Ukrainians celebrated the day with family and friends. As one Ukrainian put it, coming out to any kind of event could cost you your liberty.
Mass detention of Crimean Tatars for solidarity with jailed 76-year-old Server Karametov
At least eight people were detained in Russian-occupied Crimea on August 14 for holding peaceful single-person pickets, or for photographing the police detaining the picketers, with one person - 64-year-old Yarikul Davlatov - now facing charges of holding an ’unauthorized meeting’, For many Crimean Tatars there was no choice but to come out onto the street, after the unwarranted arrest and jailing last week of 76-year-old Server Karametov. Like him, all the picketers held signs stating clearly: “Putin, our children are not terrorists! They are not extremists either!”.
76-year-old Crimean Tatar charged with ‘resisting the police’ for defence of political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz
76-year-old Server Karametov was detained on Tuesday while standing peacefully outside the High Court in Simferopol where the ‘trial’ is taking place of Crimean Tatar leader and recognized political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz
Detained for protesting seizure of a children’s camp in Russian-occupied Crimea
Elderly people and mothers with children were among those detained in Russian-occupied Simferopol on June 26 at a totally peaceful protest at plans to ‘nationalize’ the Salute Children’s Camp.
Russia incriminates itself at Hague Court through persecution for Crimean Tatar flag
Russia’s extraordinary bans, arrests and harassment of Crimean Tatars seeking only to honour the victims of the Deportation are further incriminating evidence for the International Court of Justice
No penalty against Ukrainian judge who ordered Berkut to disperse Maidan
The High Council of Justice has decided that there are no grounds for dismissing Yevhen Ablov, the Kyiv judge who ordered Berkut riot police to forcibly disperse Euromaidan activists in December 2013.
Batons & gunshots in new arrests of Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea
Two Crimean Tatars have been jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea for so-called ‘propaganda of extremism’ after armed and masked officers, including from Putin’s ’Rozgvardiya’, burst into their homes early on April 13. Five other men, two middle-aged men with serious health problems were also detained, some beaten and four of them later jailed for up to 7 days.
Crimean Tatars ’tried’ & fined for solidarity with victims of persecution
Russia is extending repressive measures in occupied Crimea to target those who dare ask why when their compatriots are facing persecution
Prosecuted under Russian occupation for honouring Victims of Crimean Tatar Deportation
Four young Crimean Tatars from Sudak have each been fined 20 thousand roubles in Russian-occupied Crimea over a peaceful act of remembrance for the victims of the 1944 Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People