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
Russian prosecutor demands 20-year sentence on ‘fantasy charges’ against Crimean Tatar political prisoner
Even if the indictment had been proven, and it has not, Russia would be seeking to imprison a Ukrainian citizen for two decades for so-called ‘propaganda’ of an organization which is perfectly legal in Ukraine
Russia re-arrests the only Crimean Tatar political prisoner it ever acquitted
The Southern District Military Court in Rostov (Russia) has rearrested Ernes Ametov, almost two years after the Crimean Tatar civic journalist and Crimean Solidarity photographer was acquitted on identical charges by that same court
Monstrous sentences in Russia’s war against Crimean Tatar civic activists and their children
Five Crimean Tatar civic activists have been sentenced to 12 and 14 years’ imprisonment without any crime and solely on the basis of ‘anonymous witnesses’ who had probably never set eyes on them
Seven Jehovah’s Witnesses put on trial in Russian-occupied Crimea for studying the Bible
On 9 April 2022, a Russian court revoked the first and only acquittal of a Ukrainian believer since Russia’s ban of the Jehovah’s Witnesses five years ago and its illegal repression in occupied Crimea
Russia sentences Crimean Tatar to 17 years for solidarity with political prisoners
A court in Russia has sentenced Emil Ziyadinov to 17 years after a farcical ‘trial’ that made no pretence of trying to prove that the 37-year-old Crimean Solidarity civic activist had committed anything but ‘thought crimes’
Chief Rabbi of Odesa: “Ukraine is the safest country in the world for Jews”
“Previously I loved and respected the Ukrainian people. But now, after the beginning of the war, I’m simply over the moon about them".
Crimean Tatar political prisoner’s child told by Russian officer that they’ll come back for him – and they have
Amar was just 14 when the Russian FSB came for his father, Tofik Abdulgaziev, and 22 other Crimean Tatar civic journalists or activists
Russia tries to imprison blind and disabled Crimean on insane ‘terrorism’ charges
The latest trial of three Crimean Muslims from Bakhchysarai has hit new depths in cynicism, with Oleksandr Sizikov, the person designated ‘organizer’ of a supposed ‘terrorist’ group, totally blind and disabled.
Crimean Tatar veteran activist faces 20 years in Russian prison for somebody else’s voice on a tape
Independent experts have confirmed that Azamat Eyupov’s voice is not on the taped conversation about religion and Russian persecution which Russia’s FSB is using as alleged grounds for a prison sentence of up to 20 years
Russia sentences two Crimean Tatars to 17 and 13 years for talking about their faith
A Russian ‘court’ has sentenced two Crimean Tatars active in the Crimean Solidarity human rights movement to 30 years’ imprisonment for conversations back in 2016 about their religious beliefs
Russia passes monstrous sentences on Crimean Solidarity human rights activists
A Russian ‘court’ notorious for conveyor belt ‘trials’ of Ukrainian political prisoners has passed 14- and 15-year sentences against five Crimean Tatars, all of them activists for the Crimean Solidarity human rights group
Russia revokes sole acquittal of Crimean Tatar civic journalist and political prisoner
A Russian appeal court has revoked the sole acquittal of a Crimean political prisoner and upheld horrific sentences against seven other Crimean Tatar civic journalists and activists
Russia targets entire families in its savage persecution of Crimean Tatars
All of the men in Fatma Ismailova’s family - her husband, Rustem Ismailov, her father Enver Omerov and brother Riza Omerov - have been sentenced, without any recognizable crime, to horrific sentences
Russia passes 19-year sentences against Crimean Tatar journalist and activists for defending human rights
A Russian court has sentenced journalist Remzi Bekirov and human rights activist Riza Izetov to 19 years’ imprisonment, with three other Crimean Tatar civic activists receiving only slightly shorter sentences.
Families and lawyers prevented from attending Russia’s reprisal sentencing of Crimean Tatar journalist and civic activists
Russian officials have illegally prevented lawyers and the families of journalist Remzi Bekirov and four other Crimean Tatar political prisoners from travelling to Rostov in Russia for the verdict in the men’s ‘trial’.
Impassioned appeal from Ukrainian Muslim leader in face of Russia’s war to destroy Ukraine
Essentially all Ukraine’s religious leaders have come out with clear statements in defence of Ukraine and in condemnation of Russia’s aggression, even the head of the Orthodox Church linked to the Moscow Patriarchate.
Russia continues its first machine for destroying Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian families
While intensively bombing and killing Ukrainians, Russia is still finding time for the repression it has inflicted on those parts of Ukraine seized after its first invasion eight years ago.
Ukraine moves to defend persecuted Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Russian-occupied Crimea
Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has taken an important step in protecting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea which has been under attack since Russia’s invasion and annexation of the peninsula