Russia’s imprisonment of disabled Crimean Tatar activist is a death sentence without a crime or trial
Even the media reports that showed Bekirov having difficulty walking with a crutch still posted headlines claiming that he was a member of a military formation who’d been seized with 11 kilograms of explosives.
Russia’s plans foiled as all 24 imprisoned Ukrainian sailors declare themselves POWs
Although the men’s POW status, according to international law, was never seriously in question, all have been under immense pressure from the FSB to ‘confess’ to non-existent crimes
Russia sentences Crimean to 14 years for ‘revealing state secrets’ to Ukraine’ 15 years ago
Leonid Parkhomenko, a retired Black Sea Fleet captain from Sevastopol, has been convicted by the Russian military court in Rostov of ‘treason’ and sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment. Parkhomenko denied the charges, which date back to 2003-2005, and there are strong grounds for suspecting the methods used to obtain the conviction.
Seized Ukrainian naval commander refuses to give any testimony until Russia releases his men & recognizes them all as POWs
Russia’s attempt to justify its seizure of 24 Ukrainian prisoners of war on 25 November by bringing criminal charges against the men has hit major hurdles, however Russian President Vladimir Putin is scarcely concealing his unwillingness to release any political prisoners or POWs for fear of helping President Petro Poroshenko in the coming elections
Russia jails disabled Crimean Tatar activist on grotesquely absurd charges
A ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has remanded 58-year-old Edem Bekirov in custody for two months, after he was seized by the FSB on 12 December when he tried to cross into Crimea to visit his elderly mother’
Huge crowd greets released Crimean Tatar lawyer Emil Kurbedinov
The Crimean Tatar people have become more united by repression, Kurbedinov stressed as he was released after a second imprisonment for the same pre-annexation social media post used as a pretext for ongoing pressure on lawyers defending political prisoners in occupied Crimea
Russia invents ‘Donbas link’ to justify its Azov Sea attack on Ukraine & seizure of 24 POWs
Russia’s FSB has come up with an absurdly irrelevant allegation against one of the 24 Ukrainian POWs seized on 25 November, with the story virtually identical to that used in 2014 against Nadiya Savchenko
Russia jails prominent Crimean Tatar lawyer defending Ukrainian POWs TWICE for a video posted in 2013
Emil Kurbedinov has been sentenced to five days’ imprisonment for an entirely innocuous video posted a year before Russia’s annexation of Crimea. He links his detention to his defence of one of the Ukrainian prisoners of war whom Russia seized in the Azov Sea on 25 November.
Russia’s Azov Sea attack on Ukraine planned in advance?
A Bellingcat probe has found that Russia fired on at least one Ukrainian naval boat in neutral waters, and aimed to hit the Ukrainian seamen, not their boats. It also looks likely that none of this act of war was in any way spontaneous
Ukrainian gets 13-year ‘sentence’ for annoying friend of Russia-backed Luhansk militants
Roman Sahaidak has been ‘sentenced’ in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ to 13 years’ imprisonment with full confiscation of his property. It seems likely that the confiscation was the main point of his abduction and ‘prosecution’ and, possibly, that of his father, who was seized 15 months later.
24 Ukrainian POWs moved from Crimea as European Court of Human Rights demands answers from Russia
The European Court of Human Rights has reacted swiftly to an application from Ukraine in defence of 24 Ukrainians whom Russia seized after attacking Ukrainian naval boats on November 25.
Crimeans rally to help 24 Ukrainian POWs seized in Russia’s Azov Sea attack
There has been a huge outpouring of help, including from many Ukrainians in occupied Crimea who normally try to keep a low profile, for the 24 Ukrainian sailors whom Russia opened fire on and seized on 25 November, and who are now being held prisoner far from their families and home
More than ‘deep concern’ needed as Russia illegally imprisons 24 more Ukrainians after flagrant act of war
The number of Ukrainians whom Moscow is holding illegally in occupied Crimea and Russia has risen to nearly 100, with the last 24 men seized after an open act of warfare on 25 November
Russia takes Ukrainian prisoners of war after Azov Sea attack & gets the FSB to extract ‘confessions’
24 Ukrainians taken prisoner on 25 November after Russia attacked and seized three Ukrainian naval boats are to be ‘put on trial’, with the FSB using the same forced and televised ‘confessions’ that it regularly extracts from Ukrainian political prisoners
Russia attacks & seizes Ukrainian naval boats near Crimea, & western media repeat FSB claims of ‘provocation by Ukraine’
On 25 November, a Russian boat rammed a Ukrainian naval vessel near the Kerch Strait and later fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels.
No end to persecution of Crimean left-wing activist imprisoned for social media posts
A Russian-controlled ‘court’ in Crimea has refused to release Yevhen Karakashev from custody despite serious health issues and suspect charges over VKontakte social media posts, one of which was in 2014.
Ukrainian political prisoner’s whereabouts unknown after riots in Russian prison
It is not clear where Dmytro Shtyblikov, the Ukrainian academic accused by Russia of organizing a supposed ‘saboteur plot’ in occupied Crimea, has been taken. It is possible that his transfer is linked with Russia’s latest attempt to carry off a ‘trial’, without a shred of evidence, against two other Ukrainians: Volodymyr Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov
Russian-backed Luhansk militants seize father of hostage Roman Sahaidak
15 months after the then 29-year-old Krasnodon entrepreneur Roman Sahaidak was taken prisoner in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [‘LPR’], his father has also been seized by men from the so-called ‘LPR ministry of state security’.
Crimean Tatar activist jailed for video reposted 4 years before Russia annexed Crimea and watched 11 times
Crimean Tatar activist Osman Belyalov has been jailed for five days over VKontakte social media reposts from 2010-2011, only one of which remains online to this day. This is the latest offensive against activists of the civic initiative Crimean Solidarity, with the Russian occupation authorities not even attempting to find a credible pretext.
Imprisoned Donetsk journalist Aseyev tortured for Russian propaganda TV ‘confession’
15 months after being seized by Kremlin-backed militants, Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev has been shown on a Russian state-controlled television channel ‘confessing’ to working for Ukrainian military intelligence