Huge increase in number of political prisoners in Russia & occupied Crimea
Russia’s renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has once again marked Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression on 30 October by publishing new lists of political prisoners currently held in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea.
Russia hurls petulant lies as Kremlin hostage Oleg Sentsov awarded Sakharov Prize
Russia’s ‘terrorist’ narrative about Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov took another blow on 25 October when the Kremlin’s most famous political prisoner was awarded the EU’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Oleg Sentsov ends hunger strike in face of imminent force-feeding
Oleg Sentsov has announced that, in the face of imminent commencement of force-feeding, he is ending his hunger strike from 6 October
Sentsov’s condition worsens amid unrelenting brutality to all of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners
Lawyer Dmitry Dinze has confirmed a sharp deterioration in Oleg Sentsov’s condition which almost certainly explained his being taken to hospital on 28 September
Ukraine takes Russia to European Court of Human Rights over 71 Kremlin hostages
Ukraine has lodged a vital inter-state application with the European Court of Human Rights over Russia’s persecution of 71 Ukrainians illegally held prisoner in Russia or occupied Crimea. It is the sixth inter-state application filed against Russia since its invasion of Crimea in early 2014, but the first to specifically address Russia’s ever increasing number of Ukrainian political prisoners, and the abductions, torture and other human rights violations committed against them and other Ukrainian
Mothers helpless as Russia risks the life of three Ukrainian political prisoners on hunger strike
Three Ukrainian mothers are watching, totally powerless, as their sons, imprisoned illegally in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea, become dangerously weak on hunger strike
“The end is near”: Grave Fears for the Life of Kremlin hostage Oleg Sentsov
Ukrainian filmmaker and Kremlin hostage Oleg Sentsov is dangerously weak after 87 days on hunger strike. His cousin reports that the situation is "catastrophically bad" and that when Oleg speaks of the end being near, it is not release that he is referring to
Moscow prohibits picket in support of Oleg Sentsov for 84th day of his hunger strike
Despite the immediate danger to Oleg Sentsov’s life, Russia’s reaction so far to calls from all democratic countries to release him has been to lie about Sentsov’s ‘trial’, his citizenship, and to impose repressive measures against those Russians who have come out in the imprisoned filmmaker’s support
Ukraine to provide support to families of political prisoners held in Russia and Crimea
Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has finally adopted a resolution which will help the families of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners pay for lawyers, as well as visits where the men are held somewhere in Russia. Although there may be issues to be clarified, this is undoubtedly a much needed move
Sentences passed in Russia’s most openly lawless anti-Crimean Tatar ‘trial’
A ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has passed suspended sentences against five Crimean Tatars accused, as had been Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Akhtem Chiygoz, of taking part in a perfectly legal pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia had no jurisdiction
Ukrainian MP helps Russian disinformation campaign against Oleg Sentsov
Classic disinformation tactics aimed at suggesting, falsely, that “not all is clear” about Russia’s ‘trial’ and imprisonment of Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko have, frustratingly been used by Ukrainian MP Yevhen Muraev, his channel and at least one other
The Epic Struggle of Crimean Tatars Captured in the Film Mustafa
Crimean Tatars’ unending struggle for freedom has been nothing less than epic, and much of it is represented in the long life of Mustafa Dzhemilev. Finally, a film producer has recognized his story for what it is: a compelling tale of historic sweep featuring a legendary protagonist of distinguished bearing.
Russia is holding over 70 Ukrainian Political Prisoners of War
Russia’s political persecution of Ukrainians coincided with its invasion and annexation of Crimea, and has continued unabated. Oleg Sentsov’s indefinite hunger strike has renewed demands for his release, however he has vowed to continue until Russia release all political prisoners [LIST and DETAILS]
Russia abducts, tortures and imprisons Ukrainians. And Ukraine?
Ukraine’s legislators are still dragging their feet on vital legislation needed to support Russia’s ever-rising number of Ukrainians imprisoned on politically-motivated charges or for their faith, as well as their families. A recent legislative initiative not only gave Ukraine’s Security Service the role of deciding who qualifies, but also effectively means that prisoners themselves would not be eligible for support until after their release.
Russia protects suspected Maidan killers “for reasons of national security” while abducting Maidan activists
Russia is continuing to deny any involvement in events in Ukraine from Euromaidan to the war in Donbas. Yet it cites concern about “national security” as its reason for rejecting requests to extradite or even just interrogate former Ukrainian Berkut officers, some of whom are suspected of having taken part in the gunning down of unarmed Maidan activists
Crimean Tatar activist sentenced for Facebook comment that Crimea is and always will be Ukraine
Suleyman Kadyrov has been convicted by a ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea of ‘making public calls to violate Russia’s territorial integrity’ for writing on Facebook that “Crimea is Ukraine. It always was, is and will be”. He received a two-year suspended sentence, with a ban on any ‘public activities’ for the same period
Join in Solidarity with Oleg Sentsov & other victims of Russia’s occupation of Crimea
It is four years since a huge pro-Ukrainian unity demonstration in Simferopol on 26 February 2014 foiled Russia’s plans for an illicit coup d’état. It is an appropriate, yet poignant Day of Crimean Resistance given the huge price paid by the Crimean Tatar leaders and other Ukrainians who peacefully stood in defence of Ukraine on that day and later,
Calls to declare Crimean political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh a Hero of Ukraine
It is people like Volodymyr Balukh, spending his second birthday in prison for his unwavering loyalty to Ukraine that give the lie to Russian propaganda about Crimea and give hope that it will return under Ukraine’s control.
Oleg Sentsov and two other Kremlin hostages receive Sakharov Award for Courage
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, sentenced in Russia to 20 years for non-existent ‘terrorism’, has become one of the laureates of the Andrei Sakharov Award for Courage, together with two other Ukrainians facing Russian persecution: journalists Mykola Semena and Roman Sushchenko.
Vedzhie Kashka: “Is it really such a crime to be Crimean Tatar?”
An appeal written by Vedzhie Kashka over forty years ago was made public * two weeks after Russia’s attempt to arrest the 83-year-old veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement caused her death. Her questions back in 1974 as to why the Soviet authorities were trying to drive her family out of Crimea seem bitterly relevant to the present situation where Crimean Tatars are once again under attack.