Russia sentences Crimean activist to six years for social media posts
Yevhen Karakashev, a 40-year-old left-wing activist from Yevpatoria in occupied Crimea, was jailed for six years by a Russian court on 19 April, with the charges based solely on very old posts on the social network VKontakte
New Russian law could cut Crimea off from Ukrainian and global Internet
Russian-occupied Crimea could find itself totally cut off from the global Internet according to a bill which was adopted in its second reading on 11 April and has every chance of coming into force this year
Russia uses ‘terrorism’ charges to silence civic journalists in occupied Crimea
Three of the victims of Russia’s most ferocious attack on Crimean Tatar activists to date are civic journalists who recorded and circulated information about repression in occupied Crimea
Ukraine’s elections declared ‘rigged’ by country that knows President’s name years in advance
In the country which knew that Vladimir Putin would ‘win’ the 2018 presidential elections back in 2012 (or earlier), concern is high about election fraud - in Ukraine. A major focus of Russia’s TV talk shows is pushing the idea that the imminent presidential elections will be rigged
Crimean journalist arrested hours after saying that Crimea needs to be saved from Russia
The formerly pro-Russian journalist Yevhen Haivoronsky was detained on 26 March, just hours after giving the latest of several interviews recently in which he has fiercely criticized the Russian authorities and expressed support for Ukraine.
Russian court helps FSB fake testimony against imprisoned Crimean anarchist
There are also strong grounds for believing that the Russian prosecution’s main witness against Crimean political prisoner Yevhen Karakashev is giving testimony under duress
Crimean Tatar civic journalist faces 7-year sentence for reporting rights abuses in occupied Crimea
It is dangerous in Russian-occupied Crimea to write the truth, especially about political persecution and other rights violations. Nariman Memedeminov has already spent a year in detention for his civic journalism and active role in the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative, and is now being deprived of an urgently-needed medical operation.
Draft law in Ukraine to criminalize ‘fake news’ condemned as censorship & attempt to silence media
The bill comes just after the adoption of an extremely dangerous law on ‘fake news’ just passed in Russia and could, human rights NGOs warn, be used as an instrument for censorship and pressure on the media
Crimean left-wing activist arrested, drugged and charged with ‘extremism’
Valery Bolshakov asserts that he began facing persecution after a single-person picket against the Russian authorities
Russia claims “more freedom of speech in Crimea than in Europe”, while silencing another Ukrainian journalist
Three days after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov publicly claimed that anybody can come to Crimea and see that there are no violations of human rights, Russia banned another Ukrainian journalist from Crimea for reporting on political prisoners
Russian FSB terrorizes another Ukrainian activist in occupied Crimea
It seems clear that the FSB are either hoping to find something to pin on Oleh Prykhodko or to frighten him into leaving Crimea
YouTube collaborates with Russia to censor video about imprisoned Crimean Tatar human rights activist Kuku
YouTube has demanded that the Ukrainian Centre for Journalist Investigations [CJI] remove a video about imprisoned Crimean Tatar human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku because of a complaint received from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s effective censor
Demands mount to revoke non-transparent dismissal of Ukrainian Public Broadcaster CEO
The sudden firing on 31 January of Zurab Alasania, CEO for Ukraine’s Public Broadcaster just two months before the presidential elections has elicited alarming headlines about censorship and attempts at political influence
New Russian laws can stifle any information about environmental disasters in occupied Crimea
Russia has made it “a thousand times more difficult to write freely” in occupied Crimea than in its own country, according to one Russian journalist who warns that the situation is likely to deteriorate still further after a new dangerous legislative initiative
Court in Ukraine quashes Lviv Council’s Russian language ‘moratorium’
The Lviv Regional Council had imposed a “moratorium on the public use of Russian-language cultural products throughout the Lviv Oblast until the full cessation of the occupation of Ukraine’s territory”.
‘Russian world’ supporters in shock as Moscow deports ‘Donbas republic’ propagandist to face trial in Ukraine
“Russia doesn’t abandon its own, it simply spits them out”, Olena Boiko said bitterly in a telephone interview given to a pro-Kremlin blogger from the train deporting her from Russia to Ukraine.
Charges against Crimean Tatar activist dropped after he was tortured and jailed for six months
The Investigative Committee in Russian-occupied Crimea has terminated criminal proceedings against Ismail Ramazanov almost a year after he was arrested, savagely tortured and held in detention for six months
Russia ‘decriminalizes’ pro-Ukraine social media reposts in occupied Crimea. But only the first
Amendments have been made to one of Russia’s notorious ‘extremism’ charges used in many political prosecutions in Russian-occupied Crimea
Blogger who wrote of MH17 and Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine held prisoner in occupied Donetsk
Oleh Halaziuk’s imprisonment, and his writing in the face of real danger should be heeded by all those who assume that Ukrainians who remained in the Russian-controlled ’Donbas republics’ did so out of pro-Russian sentiments, or similar.
Russian Ombudsperson claims “public demand” for law jailing for ‘disrespect of authorities’ on Internet
At least one of the recent legislative initiatives, which could jail for expressing ‘open disrespect of the authorities’ on the Internet, has received public approval from Putin and been described as in response to ‘public demand’ by Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsperson