Important victory for religious freedom (and common sense) in Ukraine
Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has declared unconstitutional the demand that permission be received from the local authorities for holding public religious events. The requirement was discriminatory and illogical since Ukraine’s Constitution requires only that people notify of plans to hold a peaceful gathering
Crimean Tatars sentenced for kitchen chat in Russian-occupied Crimean ‘conveyor belt trial’
The sentences could have been much worse which is the only positive thing to say about the conviction on Wednesday of four Crimean Tatars on trumped up charges. The men’s defiant T-shirts and taped mouths said it all.
Russia stages new armed ’mask show’ in Crimean Mosque
For the third time since Russia’s invasion of Crimea, an armed ‘search’ has been carried out of the Mosque / Muslim Cultural Centre Sozidanye [Creation] in Simferopol. As on previous occasions, the armed men in masks were on the hunt for ‘prohibited literature’, and, conveniently, ‘found’ it – this time with insulting disregard for Muslim practice, near a toilet.
Silence on Critical Verdict Will Free Kremlin Hand for More Repression in Crimea
Russia is already imprisoning 14 Crimean Muslims, almost all Crimean Tatars, on trumped-up charges. Without international protest, that number is certain to rise, with Russia as occupier of Crimea using such conveyor-belt prosecutions to imprison rights activists or others who take a strong civic position
Jailed Crimean Tatar rights activist’s lawyer banned from Russian-occupied Crimea
The FSB must view telling the truth as a threat to Russia’s national security since there were no other grounds for banning Yevhenia Zakrevska. She is representing Emir-Huseyn Kuku whom the FSB first tried to ‘recruit’, then abduct, and are now holding in prison on trumped-up charges
Russian prosecutor demands long sentences for 4 Crimean Tatar political prisoners
The ‘trial’ is ending in Rostov [Russia] of four Crimean Muslims from Sevastopol, who are accused by the Russian occupiers of involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine. The prosecutor has demanded sentences of from 7 to 17 years.
Collective prayer in Russian-Occupied Crimea could be banned as ‘extremist’
Crimean Imams have been warned that traditional prayer rituals at the homes of Crimean Muslims could fall under Russia’s new draconian ‘anti-extremism’ laws and be effectively prohibited. Such a new repressive move under Russian occupation has thus far only been hinted at, however the warning seems clear
Russia’s Crimean Political Prisoners: Rustem Vaitov
Rustem Vaitov, a recognized political prisoner, is facing a 10-year sentence in a trial which Russia is using as part of its policy of intimidation and terror in occupied Crimea
Russia’s Crimean Political Prisoners - Ferat Saifullaev
Ferat Saifullaev is facing a 10-year sentence for alleged involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine. Russia is using such trials as part of its policy of intimidation and terror in occupied Crimea, and there is also evidence that the men’s arrest may be revenge by a former Ukrainian SBU officer who betrayed his oath and is now serving in the FSB.
Russia’s Crimean Political Prisoners – Nuri Primov
Nuri Primov is the oldest of four Crimean Muslims now on trial in Rostov (Russia) accused of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organisation which is legal in Ukraine, but which Russia has declared ‘terrorist’ without ever providing any grounds.
Terror on a Conveyor Belt in Russian-occupied Crimea
The 14 Crimean Muslims now facing huge sentences in Russian-occupied Crimea for unproven involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine include rights activists or people active in their communities, and the prosecutions seem clearly intended as a form of intimidation.
Psychological Torture against Crimean Political Prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev
Ruslan Zeytullaev, a recognized political prisoner, is facing a life sentence in a trial which Russia is using as part of its policy of intimidation and terror in occupied Crimea
Jailed Crimean human rights activist isolated as ‘dangerous’ prisoner
Crimean Tatar lawyer and rights activist Emir-Huseyn Kuku and two other Crimean Muslims - Vadim Siruk and Refat Alimov - who are all in custody on concocted charges have been placed on a so-called ‘prophylactic register for dangerous remand prisoners’ and moved to a special unit
An Orthodox Procession with Political Aims?
As believers arrive in Kyiv, views remain sharply divided on both the controversial religious procession organized by the Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate and how the Ukrainian authorities should have dealt with it.
Jitters in Ukraine as Politically Charged Religious Processions Approach Kyiv
Two religious processions converging on Kyiv have Ukrainian authorities warning that provocations could spark violence in the capital.
Russia warned it is occupying Crimea, must stop persecuting Crimean Muslims
The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has called on Russia to release four Crimean Muslims from Sevastopol and reminded it of restrictions under international law since Crimea is occupied territory. This is of critical importance since Russia has (unwarrantedly) charged the four men now on trial and 10 other Crimeans with involvement in an organization which is totally legal in Ukraine.
Concerns expressed over amendments proposed to the Law on Freedom of Conscience
The religious community in Ukraine have criticized some aspects of amendments proposed to the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations in draft law No. 4128. Particular concern was express about the changes to how religious communities are to change their subordination
Back in the USSR: All ’dissidents in occupied Crimea under FSB surveillance’
Anybody in Crimea who thinks independently is in a group at risk, according to Crimean Tatar human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov. The arrests and ongoing detention of 14 Crimean Muslims serve a number of purposes - none has anything to do with the cause of justice.
Kremlin Donbas Proxies launch Russian-style ‘fight against Ukrainian extremism’
While Russia continues, without any credibility, to deny its undeclared war against Ukraine, the Kremlin’s proxies in Donbas are introducing measures to ‘combat the ideology of extremism and terrorism’ copied straight from the Russian original.