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 brings Soviet-style repression to occupied Crimea
The number of Russia’s Ukrainian prisoners of war and political prisoners has almost reached 100, and that is without counting well over 100 POWs and civilian hostages in occupied Donbas whose release is directly dependent on Moscow .
78-year-old believer manhandled as Russia comes for Jehovah’s Witnesses in occupied Crimea
Russia’s FSB has carried out a ‘mass operation’ against peaceful Jehovah’s Witnesses in Dzhankoy in occupied Crimea, with a 78-year-old believer manhandled, and 46-year-old Serhiy Filatov arrested on ‘extremism’ charges
Russia uses Kerch mass killing for hate campaign against Jehovah’s Witnesses
There seems no end to the uses that Russian state propaganda will make of the tragic mass killing in occupied Kerch on October 17
Two Muslims get huge prison sentences for teaching their faith in Russian-occupied Crimea
Akramdzhon Abdullaev and Nematdzhon Isroilov are the latest victims of Russia’s persecution on occupied territory of Muslims for alleged involvement in the peaceful Hizb ut-Tahrir movement which is legal in Ukraine.
Russia uses same methods of persecution against Crimean Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses
The repressive arsenal used by Russia’s FSB in its conveyor belt prosecutions of Ukrainian Muslims in occupied Crimea, as well as in the Russian Federation, is now emerging in the mounting persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Russian controlled ‘Luhansk republic’ bans all Protestant churches
The self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ has refused to ‘re-register’ all communities of Baptist, Pentecostal, Seventh Day Adventist and other Protestant churches, with this meaning that believers could face fines or arrest merely for prayer gatherings in private homes
Russia fights Crimean Solidarity with long prison sentences and shattered childhoods
Said Asanov had always wanted to be an architect when he grew up. Until October 11, 2017, when his childhood ended with the arrival of masked men brandishing machine guns who took his father away. Now he plans to become a lawyer “to help people and to defend the innocent”
Russia seeks to crush Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea for helping resist Russification
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate has faced open attempts to drive it out of Crimea or underground since Russia’s invasion in 2014, and moves now underway to grant Ukraine’s Church autocephaly may intensify repressive measures
Armed militants attack Baptist House of Prayer in Russian-controlled ‘Luhansk republic’
A group of armed militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] have seized an Evangelical Baptist House of Prayer in Brianka and driven out the believers in the latest of many attacks on all faiths except the Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate
Fake ‘secret witnesses’ & bizarre ‘evidence’ in Russia’s trial of 4 Crimean Tatar political prisoners
While Russia packs its ’trial’ of four Crimean Tatars, with a mixture of irrelevant ’evidence’ and fake ’secret witnesses’, the Memorial Human Rights Centre has declared all four men political prisoners and pointed out that they have been deprived of their liberty without any elements of a crime.
Distinguished Crimean Tatar surgeon convicted of ‘extremism’ for prayer room in hospital
Smail Temindarov was in all seriousness charged over material found in the hospital’s prayer room which was completely open to the public, as well as over supposed ‘disorder’ in the hospital found in the fact that there is such a room for Muslims to pray in
Crimean Tatar political prisoner to pay with his life for refusing to collaborate with Russia’s FSB?
Arsen Dzhepparov, one of six Ukrainian political prisoners held in a Russian SIZO [remand prison] is being refused medical treatment despite alarming symptoms which could have fatal consequences
Kremlin-backed Donbas militants follow Russia in persecuting the Jehovah’s Witnesses
The self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] has banned virtually all material published by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, claiming it to be ‘extremist’
Lawyer: Sending Crimean political prisoners to Russia is a war crime
Five Ukrainian political prisoners from Crimea will shortly be taken against their will to Rostov in Russia for ‘trial’ with the conditions en route likely to be even worse than those in the Simferopol SIZO [remand prison] where they have been illegally held since October 2016.
Ominous new twist in Russias conveyor belt trial of six Ukrainian political prisoners
A Russian court hearing the ‘trial’ of six recognized Ukrainian political prisoners has returned the case to the prosecutor, demanding that the charges against one of the men, Enver Bekirov, be made more severe
Russia brings criminal charges against Crimean Tatar human rights activist over Facebook repost
Russia’s Investigative Committee has initiated criminal proceedings against Gulsum Alieva, a Crimean Solidarity activist and the daughter of recognized political prisoner, Muslim Aliev, over a widely circulated photo, which the 21-year-old simply reposted on Facebook. In Russian-occupied Crimea, this has been termed ‘inciting enmity’ (towards Russians)
29 Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses declared political prisoners amid mounting persecution in Russia & occupied Crimea
Russia’s authoritative Memorial Human Rights Centre has recognized as political prisoners 29 Jehovah’s Witnesses, imprisoned for their faith. It warns that the number of people already facing persecution is higher and rising rapidly
Russia sentences 21 political prisoners to 340 years’ imprisonment
A Russian court has sentenced 21 Muslims from Ufa in Bashkortostan (Russian Federation) to terms of up to 24 years’ imprisonment on the same gravely flawed charges as those facing many Ukrainian Muslims in Russian-occupied Crimea
Crimean Tatar political prisoner threatened with more charges for not helping the FSB persecute others
Ruslan Zeytullaev has once again demonstrated the courage he showed during Russia’s fabricated ‘trial’ of him and three other Crimean Muslims by refusing to give testimony against one of the latest Crimean political prisoners, despite threats of further criminal charges