Moving message of solidarity from Kremlin hostage Roman Sushchenko on sentence of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov
There has been widespread condemnation of Russia’s two-year prison sentence on Crimean Tatar leader lmi Umerov “for voicing dissent against the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula”. The most poignant was from Roman Sushchenko, the Ukrainian journalist seized by the Russian FSB almost exactly a year ago
Sentence to silence Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov on trial for words he didn’t utter
Russia’s trial on openly falsified charges of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has reached its squalid end, with the real aim likely to be reflected in a ban on public activities, accompanying the demanded suspended sentence. No reversion to rule of law is anticipated, although the verdict is due a day after a UN monitoring report expressed exactly the same position on Russia’s illegal occupation of Ukrainian Crimea as that for which Russia has put 60-year-old Umerov on trial.
Russia sentences Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena for expressing the UN’s stand on Crimea
A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has passed a two and a half year suspended sentence on Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena for expressing his opposition to Russia’s occupation of Crimea. It was thus found that an opinion piece written by Semena contained ‘public calls to action aimed at violating Russia’s territorial integrity’. His position expressed in the article fully coincided with that expressed by the UN General Assembly, EU, OSCE, and all democratic countries, as well as with that in a number of international treaties which Russia has ratified.
Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov’s powerful final words in surreal proceedings where ‘traitors put patriots on trial’
Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has ended his final address (translated here) to a de facto court under Russian occupation by suggesting that they will all meet again at the international courts at the Hague and these are no empty words
FSB caught red-handed falsifying the charges against Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov
Russia’s FSB rejected at least one translation of the interview given by Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov because the translator neither found nor invented the supposed ‘public calls to violate Russian territorial integrity” which Russia wanted to charge Umerov with
Court in occupied Crimea demands 3-year suspended sentence for journalist over criticism of Russia’s annexation
The prosecution in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded a three-year suspended sentence for Mykola Semena, the 67-year-old journalist on trial for expressing his opinion - and the position of international treaties which Russia remains a party to. De facto prosecutor Svetlana Petrovna Budinskaya also proposed to ban Semena from engaging in any public activities for three years.
Crippling fine imposed on Crimean Tatar woman for comment on Putin quote
“You have no rights” is what the mother of a young Crimean Tatar woman was told when Russian enforcement officers arrived to search their home. This, it was claimed, was because the young woman, Zarema* from Bakhchysarai had “behaved badly to the Russian-speaking population”.
Death threats & likely arrest used to drive Ukrainian activist from Russian-occupied Crimea
Leonid Kuzmin, the head of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Crimea has become the latest Ukrainian activist to be forced out of Russian-occupied Crimea after receiving both death threats and warnings that he could end up imprisoned
Russian experts blast rigged ‘evidence’ for Crimean Tatar leader’s ‘separatism’ trial
The authoritative Moscow Guild of Linguists has totally demolished an FSB-commissioned ’linguistic assessment’ used to back extraordinary ‘separatism’ charges against Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov
At least 22 Ukrainian websites blocked in Russian-occupied Crimea
Three years after Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, at least 22 Ukrainian websites are totally or partially blocked, with some of the restrictions not formally registered and therefore impossible to challenge.
Ukraine’s SBU charges journalist with ’treason’ over anti-Ukrainian publications for Russia Today
Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] has arrested a Zhytomyr blogger and journalist whom they accuse of “preparing and circulating anti-Ukrainian material on the instructions of Russian supervisors”. The charges include state treason so, if convicted, Vasyl Muravytsky could face a 15-year prison sentence
Donbas militants ‘sentence’ blogger to 14 years for "spreading negative information"
A so-called military court in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] has sentenced two Ukrainians to huge sentences for what it calls ‘state treason’. Since the alleged ‘treason’ involved spreading ‘negative information’ on the Internet, it seems likely that one of the two people is Edward Nedelyaev, a prominent Luhansk blogger, seized in November 2016
Two Donbas men get 5-year prison sentences for ‘Russian world’ anti-Ukraine social media groups
The Donetsk Regional Court of Appeal has upheld five-year sentences passed on two young men for creating several social network groups with a pronounced anti-Ukrainian, pro-militant position.
Journalists & rights activists warn against continuing "real tradition of impunity" a year after Pavel Sheremet’s murder
It is exactly one year since Pavel Sheremet, the renowned Belarusian journalist and former prisoner of conscience was killed by a car bomb in Kyiv. Friends and fellow journalists are holding a gathering to mark a Year without Pavel at the time he was killed a year ago, after which they will march to the President’s Administration, the SBU and others to demand a more effective investigation.
Crimean Tatar jailed for Facebook reposts critical of Russian occupation of Crimea
A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced Emil Minasov to one year and three months’ imprisonment for supposed ‘incitement to enmity’ on Facebook. This appears to be how the FSB – and judge Anna Klimova – chose to view posts or reposts critical of Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
Donbas militants admit to holding journalist Stanyslav Aseyev prisoner for "spying"
Days after the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] declared journalist Stanyslav Aseyev ‘missing’, and six weeks after he disappeared, the militants have admitted to holding him prisoner and claim to suspect him of ‘spying’..
Ukrainian legislators propose scary Russia style restrictions on freedom of expression
Media and human rights groups have reacted with alarm to two draft bills which, in the name of protecting national security, propose some seriously disturbing restrictions which are reminiscent of those applied in Russia. They have called on the authors of the two bills to withdraw them, and point out that democracy is impossible in any countries whose authorities arbitrarily restrict freedom of expression
Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov faces 5-year sentence over FSB rigged translation
At least one of the mistakes in the faulty translation of Ilmi Umerov’s interview in Crimean Tatar was almost certainly a deliberate distortion to enable charges under Article 280.1, the 2014 addition to the criminal code increasingly used against critics of Russia’s occupation of Crimea
CPJ slams Ukrainian investigation into journalist Pavel Sheremets killing
The Committee to Protect Journalists has published a report which is highly critical of Ukraine’s investigation into the killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet
Crimean Tatar activist abducted for solidarity, fined for ‘threatening the police’
A Simferopol court under Russian occupation has fined Bilyal Adilov 10 thousand roubles in the latest move against civic activists coming out in peaceful solidarity with neighbours or other Crimean Tatars facing armed searches and arrest