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’.
Crimean Journalist Faces Jail for Not Accepting Russian Annexation of Crimea
It takes serious gall to invade and seize another country’s territory and then prosecute citizens of the other country for ‘encroaching on your territory’. That is exactly what Russia is now doing in Crimea with its persecution of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov and journalist Mykola Semena.
Dangerous & Senseless Arson Attack on TV Inter for ’pro-Russian Position’
Irresponsible protesters who attacked the offices of TV Inter on Sunday afternoon have done Ukraine no favours. Their actions were not just dangerous and unacceptable, but stupidly counter-productive, making the Interior Minister’s reference to his serious allegations against the channel seem ill-timed.
Russia reinstates Soviet jamming to silence criticism of its occupation of Crimea
Russia’s censor has blocked the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre over a press conference given by the world-renowned Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev and others. In it they called for a civil blockade until Russia released Crimean political prisoners, stopped crushing freedom of speech, etc. Russia’s response has been to step up repression.
Crimean Tatar fined in Russian-occupied Crimea for warning about repression
Seiran Saliyev has lost his appeal against an absurd prosecution in Russian-occupied Crimea for simply informing other residents that armed searches were being carried out of Crimean Muslims’ homes.
Elderly Pensioner Arrested by Kremlin-backed militants for a Ukrainian flag
73-year-old Anna Ivanivna Hrusha was first attacked, then manhandled by Kremlin-backed militants on Ukrainian Flag Day and held for many hours, facing threats and abuse. She has no intention of being cowered, saying that she is in her native homeland
Ukrainian activist prosecuted in occupied Crimea for ’anti-Russian’ posts on Facebook
Larisa Kitaiska has been prohibited from leaving Crimea and formally charged with inciting hatred and enmity towards Russians over posts on Facebook which are claimed to be ‘Russophobic’.
Grave Fears for Crimean Tatar leader in Psychiatric Clinic for Saying Russia must Leave Crimea
There has been a sharp deterioration in the health of 59-year-old Ilmi Umerov who has been forcibly placed in a psychiatric clinic in Russian-occupied Crimea despite the lack of any grounds for the criminal charges Russia has brought against him, or for the supposed ‘psychiatric assessment’.
Punitive Psychiatry against Crimean Tatar leader for insisting Russia must leave Crimea
Ilmi Umerov is to be forcibly placed in a psychiatric hospital for an assessment with suspicion high that Russia is trying to declare him mentally unfit instead of jailing him for saying that Russia must be forced to leave Crimea and Donbas. .
Russian tanks and a new crack-down on independent media in occupied Crimea
Further attempts to create an information blockade on Russian-occupied Crimea were followed this weekend by a block on the crossings between mainland Ukraine and Crimea, claims of Ukrainian ‘terrorist subversion’ and major deployment of heavy military equipment
Crimean Tatar leader faces 5-year sentence for saying Russia must leave Crimea & Donbas
Russia’s prosecution of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov on ‘separatism’ charges for rejecting Russia’s occupation of Crimea is political persecution, the authoritative Memorial Human Rights Centre has stated.
Pavel Sheremet: “You can’t be ready to be killed”
The above words, spoken about Pavel Sheremet’s friend Boris Nemtsov are bitterly poignant, as is so much else on a dark day, when the well-known and respected 44-year-old Belarusian journalist and former prisoner of conscience has himself been murdered. He died in Kyiv almost exactly two years after leaving Russian ORT in protest at the virulent warmongering propaganda against Ukraine.
Controversial Ukrainian blogger / journalist Kotsaba freed after 18 months in prison
Ruslan Kotsaba, a controversial blogger and Ukraine’s first Amnesty International prisoner of conscience in 5 years, has had his conviction and 3.5-year sentence for supposed obstruction of the Ukrainian Armed Forces quashed. He was released in the courtroom after over 18 months held in detention
Crimean journalist placed on Russian ’List of Terrorists & Extremists’ for an article
Disturbing details have emerged of the KGB-level surveillance used against Mykola Semena, the Crimean journalist charged with ‘public calls to violate Russia’s territorial integrity’ over a text supporting the Civic Blockade of Crimea. Semena has also been added to the Federal ‘List of Terrorists and Extremists’.
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.