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
Imprisoned in Russia-backed Donetsk ‘republic’ for not abandoning her elderly mother
Those who assume that Ukrainians who remained in Donbas in 2014 supported the Russian-backed militants should consider the fate of 46-year-old Marina Chuikova who has been held prisoner in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’[DPR] since March this year
Another Ukrainian tortured for Russian TV ‘confession’ jailed on different charges
Another supposed ‘Crimean saboteur’, Hliv Shabliy, whose ‘confession’ was widely shown on Russian television, has been declared a political prisoner bafter a trial and conviction that bore no relation to his confession
Russia-backed Donbas militants threaten to ‘arrest’ imprisoned journalist’s mother
Over a year after Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev was taken prisoner in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’, his captors have begun publishing fake ‘diary entries’ aimed at presenting him as a Ukrainian James Bond, carrying out tasks for the Security Service or military intelligence.
Journalist held hostage in Kremlin-controlled Donetsk driven to hunger strike
Ukrainian journalist and blogger Stanislav Aseyev has gone on hunger strike in occupied Donetsk, more than a year after he was seized by the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic [DPR] ministry of state security
Extra 4-year sentence demanded for Ukrainian political prisoner on 106th day of hunger strike in occupied Crimea
A ‘prosecutor’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded an extra four-year sentence against Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh for something termed ‘disorganizing the work of the detention unit’, with this to be added in full to the remaining two years of his current sentence. Balukh is looking frail and gaunt after 106 days of either partial or, now, total hunger strike in protest at what has been internationally condemned as persecution for his pro-Ukrainian position – and the Ukrainian flag over his home.
Russian FSB remove incriminating videos of the arrest and death of Crimean Tatar veteran Vedzhie Kashka
Vital CCTV footage showing the extraordinary FSB arrest of 83-year-old Vedzhie Kashka that caused her death has vanished, almost certainly because it would show excessive violence used against the world-renowned veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement.
Russia steps up fight against Crimean Tatars, not terrorism before the World Cup
Any football fans believing that Russia’s security service is out there in the run-up to the World Cup working to ensure their safety should think again. There are much easier ways for Russia’s FSB to enhance their ‘anti-terrorism’ statistics, while also demonstrating loyalty to the Kremlin and thus improving their chances of promotion.
Russia turns to abduction & torture to try to discredit the Crimean Tatar Mejlis
Oleksandr Steshenko, the young Ukrainian who disappeared after being seized by the FSB in occupied Crimea, has been shown on Russian television ‘confessing’ to involvement in an ‘extremist group’ supposedly created by the Head of the Mejlis, or self-governing body, of the Crimean Tatar people. This alleged ‘plot’ has been made public just days after Ukraine approached the International Court of Justice asking why Russia is continuing to flout the Court’s direct order to end its ban of the Mejlis
Crimean Tatar Civic Activists arrested in new offensive against Crimea Solidarity
Russia has carried out new armed searches and arrests in occupied Crimea, with one of the targets Server Mustafaev, a highly-respected civic activist and coordinator of the Crimea Solidarity movement
Crimean political prisoner on hunger strike subjected to new ‘trial’ for ‘attacking’ a police officer
Volodymyr Balukh was in ‘court’ again on 15 May, looking gaunt and tired after two months of hunger strike. The 47-year-old has faced constant harassment under Russian occupation because pf his pro-Ukrainian position and the Ukrainian flag he refused to remove from the roof of his home, and this new ‘trial’ seems aimed at revenge against a person whom the occupation regime has not been able to break.
Ukrainian sentenced to 8 years on bizarre ‘sabotage’ charges in Russian-occupied Crimea
25-year-old Hennady Lymeshko has become the latest Ukrainian to receive a long sentence in Russian-occupied Crimea on highly implausible ‘sabotage’ charges. There was never any objective evidence to back the FSB’s claim on 15 August 2017 to have averted acts of sabotage, only a ‘confession’ from Lymeshko, who showed signs of having been beaten,
Crimean savagely beaten for pro-Ukraine views gets 2-year prison sentence for ‘extremism’
Ihor Movenko has been sentenced by a court in Russian-occupied Sevastopol to two years imprisonment for a comment on the VKontakte social network. The comments were only ‘noticed’ and a criminal prosecution launched after Movenko demanded an investigation into the brutal and unprovoked attack by a police officer that had left him hospitalized
Crimean Tatar businessman & philanthropist seized in new FSB offensive in Russian-occupied Crimea
A prominent Crimean Tatar philanthropist and businessman and the General Director of his main business have been seized after what Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Refat Chubarov called a ‘”black Thursday’ of armed searches in Russian-occupied Crimea.
Ukrainian disappears after mystery detention in Russian-occupied Crimea
27-year-old Oleksandr Steshenko from Kharkiv has become the latest Ukrainian to suffer the cost of visiting Crimea under Russian occupation. Steshenko first disappeared on 11 April, with the story he was still able to give his mother by phone radically different from the occupation authorities’ version. He has now disappeared again, after being held in administrative arrest, and lawyer Aider Azermatov believes that this must be viewed as an abduction.
Russia seeks secret trial of tortured Ukrainian accused of Crimea ‘sabotage plot’
‘Secret documents’ have been cited in Russian-occupied Crimea to justify holding the trial of Yevhen Panov behind closed doors. Since no secret material was ever mentioned to either Panov, or his lawyer, this may well simply be the latest attempt to conceal the lack of any substance to the charges against the Ukrainian
Defend Ukraine and face ‘terrorist’ charges in Russian-occupied Crimea
The identity remains unclear of a 24-year-old Crimean arrested on 20 March for alleged involvement in non-existent military action by a Crimean Tatar volunteer battalion. It seems likely, however, that there will be more such arrests, with Russia openly targeting Crimeans involved in defending Ukraine in Donbas, and mentioning other charges earlier used in propaganda against exiled Crimean Tatar leaders and Crimean Muslims.
“I can’t afford to show cowardice” - Ukrainian jailed for not betraying Ukraine in Russian-occupied Crimea resists pressure to end hunger strike
Almost two weeks after political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh went on hunger strike in Russian-occupied Crimea, his lawyer has only just been able to see him. She reports that he is looking thin and gaunt, and that the SIZO [remand prison] staff are putting pressure on him to end his hunger strike.