Russia prepares new criminal charges as Crimean Tatar leader refuses to be silenced
Russia appears to be concocting yet another criminal prosecution against 59-year-old Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov over statements expressing the same position on Russia’s occupation of Crimea as that set out in resolutions from the UN General Assembly, Council of Europe and all democratic countries
Misleading OSCE Media report ignores Russia’s annexation of Crimea
An OSCE representative should certainly treat Crimea and areas under the control of Kremlin-backed militants as Ukraine, but ignoring Russia’s culpability for flagrant rights violations leads to serious distortion of the facts. This is just one of the concerns about the report by Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Media Freedom.
Ukraine bans import of ’anti-Ukrainian’ books from Russia
Ukraine’s parliament has passed a law aimed at checking books from an aggressor state for ‘anti-Ukrainian content’ and, where such content is found, banning them. While the ongoing abundance on the Ukrainian market of material full of toxic lies and propaganda is of concern, doubts arise about the law’s efficacy, as well as over the mechanisms for achieving its stated purpose.
Russia accused of mechanisms of political repression in Crimea unprecedented since Stalin & Hitler
From political prisoners & punitive psychiatry to dissident writers being prevented from travelling abroad, the Soviet echoes in Russian-occupied Crimea are becoming increasingly pronounced. On Nov 28, Mykola Semena was not able to personally receive the Pavel Sheremet Journalism Award 2016 at a ceremony in Brussels
Kremlin-backed militants arrest dissident Luhansk blogger
Militants from the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ have ’arrested’ a Luhansk Internet blogger Edward Nedelyaev, who spoke openly with a Bild correspondent this summer. They claim that he circulated ‘extremist material’ & accuse him of ’state treason’
‘Donbas militants’ with Russian accent detain & expel independent Dozhd TV journalists
The Kremlin-backed militants of the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DNR] have banned two journalists from one of Russia’s only independent media from entering militant-controlled territory after claiming that the men ‘defamed’ them
Crimean Tatars deported again under Russian occupation of Crimea
57-year-old Nedim Khalilov has declared a hunger strike after Russia ‘deported’ him from illegally annexed Crimea. He says that he will risk his life to fight for his right to live in his homeland as a Crimean Tatar, and not be deported as though a foreign citizen
New Russian Supreme Court Directive Amid Massive Increase in Prosecutions for Extremism
Russia’s Supreme Court has issued important amendments regarding prosecution for social network activities which in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea can be deemed ‘crimes of a terrorist or extremist nature’.
Crimean Activist Jailed for ‘Extremist’ Call to Boycott Illegal Elections
Serhiy Vasylchenko, an anarchist from Yevpatoria has been jailed for 10 days, purportedly for ‘circulating material of an extremist nature’. While it is nowhere indicated what the ‘extremist’ material was, the young activist’s troubles began after he joined calls to boycott the illegitimate September elections
Vital Reform to End Oligarch-dictated Media in Ukraine in Danger
Journalists and media specialists have accused the government of sabotaging public broadcasting in Ukraine, due to be launched on Jan1, 2017. Their strong-worded appeal was launched after the resignation in frustration of Zurab Alasania from his post as General Director of Ukraine’s National Television Company [NTU].
Another Crimean Tatar faces 5-year sentence for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea
Russia is literally accusing Suleyman Kadyrov, as it has Ilmi Umerov and journalist Mykola Semena, of ‘separatism’ for opposing Russian occupation of their homeland, with the article of the criminal code – 280.1 carrying a possible 5-year term of imprisonment
Ukrainian journalist’s arrest a chilling warning to stay away from Russia
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has echoed earlier warnings from human rights groups and advised Ukrainian nationals to not visit Russia. The advice came three days after journalist Roman Sushchenko became the latest Ukrainian to be seized, held incommunicado and accused of mystery ‘spying’.
Ukrainian journalist seized in Russia on mystery ‘spying’ charges
Ukrinform has reacted with outrage to the detention in Moscow of its journalist Roman Sushchenko, and to the fact that his whereabouts and the supposed ‘spying charges’ were learned about from the Russian media. It believes this to be the latest act of deliberate provocation by Russia against Ukrainians
Russia brings Stalin era denunciations to occupied Crimea
Political prisoners, punitive psychiatry, censorship and a Stalinist-era culture of denunciations, this is what Russia brought with its invasion and annexation of Crimea. Fear of being reported to the occupation authorities by neighbours or colleagues had long been a reality. Now one Yalta lawyer has been ‘denounced’ by local council members, including somebody he had considered a friend for 20 years
No Mercy for Crimean Journalist Facing 5-Year Sentence for Opposing Russian Occupation
Mykola Semena, a 66-year-old Crimean journalist has been refused permission to travel to Kyiv for an urgently needed operation following a spinal injury. Without the operation, Semena could face irreparable damage to his health, making him an invalid.
Pro-Russian propagandist Graham Phillips should be delighted by the calls to take away his passport
However reprehensible pro-Russian propagandist Graham Phillips’ behaviour is, the calls to strip him of his travel documents seem misguided, which is probably why Russian propaganda media are eagerly reporting them. It is authoritarian states who restrict their own citizens from travelling abroad
Crimean activist fined for ‘extremist post’ 4 YEARS before Russian annexation
It seems any pretext will do in Russian-occupied Crimea to prosecute civic activists. A court on Sept. 20 fined Alexei Shestakovych 1, 000 roubles for a video he reposted 4 years before Russia invaded and occupied Crimea. Another court rejected his appeal against a 20-thousand rouble fine for a totally peaceful picket in defence of political prisoners
Not in Our Name: Journalist NGOs Should Condemn Propagandist Graham Phillips’ Torture Stunt
At a human level, it is impossible to understand somebody accosting a person maimed and blinded and telling him that he’s useless, a zombie whom nobody needs. When that individual, Briton Graham Phillips, claims to be acting as a ‘journalist’, such behaviour needs a clear response from the journalist community.
Ukraine’s Government Proposes to Ban Import of ‘anti-Ukrainian’ Books from Russia
Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has tabled a draft law proposing that books imported from Russia be checked for any ‘anti-Ukrainian’ content. Similar measures earlier targeted specific books and elicited protest. The new draft bill seems more sweeping in its potential scope, and dangerously vague.
Crimean savagely beaten for Ukrainian symbols faces ‘extremism’ charges
Ihor Movenko is in a Sevastopol hospital with severe injuries after being brutally beaten over the Ukrainian symbols and an Battalion sticker on his bike. It was Movenko who had his hands bound after the enforcement officers arrived, and he is now facing charges for so-called ‘extremism’.