Russia strips three Crimean Tatar lawyers of their licence to prevent them defending political prisoners
Three prominent Crimean Tatar human rights lawyers have been stripped of their licences in the latest attack by the Russian regime on independent lawyers defending victims of persecution in occupied Crimea
Retired Ukrainian naval commander abducted, tortured and taken to Russian-occupied Crimea ‘for trial’
Russia is becoming ever more brazen in abducting Ukrainian citizens from areas recently seized by the Russian military and concocting insane charges against them in occupied Crimea
Russian FSB threaten and beat imprisoned Crimean journalist and human rights defender Iryna Danilovych
The Russian FSB who abducted and tortured Iryna Danilovych in April this year see no need to deny that the charges used to imprison the Crimean civic journalist, nurse and rights defender are fabricated. Quite the contrary
Mock executions used to fabricate Russia"s revenge ‘trial’ of Crimean Tatar leader Nariman Dzhelyal
The internationally condemned ‘trial’ of Nariman Dzhelyal, renowned human rights defender, journalist and Deputy Chair of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, is drawing to its almost certainly predetermined conclusion
Effective death sentence against veteran Crimean Tatar activist for opposing repression in Russian-occupied Crimea
A court in Russia has sentenced Azamat Eyupov to 17 years in the harshest of Russian prisons, without any crime and in the full knowledge that this is an effective death sentence.
Tortured Crimean Tatar political prisoner forced to memorize and rehearse fake sabotage ‘confession’
Asan Akhtemov has told a Russian occupation court about the torture used to force him to give false testimony against himself, his cousin Aziz, and Nariman Dzhelyal, journalist, human rights defender and leader of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people
Crimean Tatar journalist detained on charges of ‘discrediting Russian army’ and jailed for "showing resistance"
Rolan Osmanov was jailed for supposed ‘resistance’, with another occupation ‘court hearing’ scheduled for 14 July on the charge that he ‘discredited the Russian army’ on Facebook
Crimean Tatar sentenced to 19 years on "sheer fantasy" charges
Three ‘judges’ from the notorious Southern District Military Court in Rostov (Russia) have sentenced 34-year-old Ismet Ibragimov to 19 years’ imprisonment without any crime and on charges that Ismet’s neighbours say “border on fantasy”.
Russia copy-pastes first attack on Crimean Tatar activists after 4 years for new 13-year sentences
Neither man was accused of any recognizable crime and the prosecution’s case was essentially based on conversations about religion over four years ago, in which one of the defendants did not take part
After violently seizing Crimea, Russia accuses peaceful Crimean Tatars of ‘terrorism’ for defending political prisoners
In a powerful address, Crimean Tatar political prisoner Oleh Fedorov has highlighted the grotesque absurdity of the country that invaded and annexed Crimea accusing peaceful Crimeans of seeking to ‘overthrow the Russian constitutional order’
Russia begins propaganda of war against Ukraine at pre-school level
The situation is particularly shocking in occupied Crimea, where the schoolchildren reportedly forced to send ‘letters of gratitude’ to soldiers fighting in Ukraine may well have family now being bombed or shelled by those same Russian invaders.
Russian Prosecutor General given power to close media for ‘discrediting the army’ through truth about the war against Ukraine
Russia’s State Duma has adopted a draft bill allowing the prosecutor general to close media in Russia or occupied Crimea for so-called ‘fakes’, ‘discrediting the army’; ‘disrespect for the authorities’ or for calls to impose sanctions
Russia jeopardizes life of Crimean Tatar veteran activist imprisoned for defending political prisoners
Over a month after 59-year-old Azamat Eyupov almost certainly suffered a stroke in Russian detention, agreement has finally been reached for him to receive an ultrasound scan of his heart and MRI scan of the brain
Unexpected end to Russia’s three-year persecution of Crimean Tatar Regional Mejlis Head
A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has terminated a grotesque criminal prosecution first brought almost three years ago against 71-year-old Ilver Ametov, veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement
Russian medics acknowledge that 60-year-old Crimean Tatar political prisoner’s life is in danger
Dzhemil Gafarov has been in a prison hospital in Russia for two weeks, with doctors finally acknowledging that the 60-year-old Crimean Tatar political prisoner is suffering from a condition that should preclude his detention
ECHR rules too late against Russia’s notorious ‘foreign agent’ law and hardly moves over violations in occupied Crimea
The judgement might have been hailed as a victory for civil society in Russia and occupied Crimea, had it not been so hopelessly belated.
Russia kills refugee in occupied Crimea, then ‘puts him on trial’
A Russian court is about to begin the ‘trial’ of Nabi Rakhimov, 13 months after the Uzbek refugee was killed by the Russian FSB in occupied Crimea
Russia declares peaceful Crimean Tatar organization ‘terrorist’ to escalate repression in occupied parts of Ukraine
Russia’s Supreme Court has passed yet another politically motivated ruling, declaring a peaceful Ukrainian organization ‘terrorist’ and leading potentially to 20-year sentences
Young Crimean Tatar likely tortured into ‘confessing’ to anti-war protest
It is of particular concern that the supposed ‘confession’ was made while Aziz Faizulaev’s lawyer was being prevented from seeing him
Crucial judgement for Jehovah’s Witnesses as Russia tries to deny ECHR jurisdiction for its war crimes in Ukraine
The European Court of Human Rights has found Russia’s ban of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to be unlawful and has ordered, among other things, that Russia discontinue current proceedings and release those imprisoned for their faith