Russia sentences Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz to 8 years in openly lawless trial
Russia has sentenced Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz to eight years’ imprisonment for upholding Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty during a demonstration that took place on Ukrainian territory and under Ukrainian law.
Russia secretly moves imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov
Human rights monitors in the Siberian city of Irkutsk have reported finding Crimean filmmaker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov held in the Irkutsk SIZO or remand prison. It appears he was moved from Yakutia a week ago, with Sentsov himself given no explanation as to why.
Crimean Tatars threatened with arrest for solidarity during sentence of jailed Mejlis leader Akhtem Chiygoz
89-year-old Lutfi Bekirov is one of the many Crimean Tatars who have been warned that they will be arrested for gathering outside the Russian-controlled High Court in occupied Crimea on September 11 as sentence is passed on Crimean Tatar leader and political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz.
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”.
Crimean Tatar imprisoned pending ‘deportation’ for tackling Putin over Crimea
The cynical torment of 57-year-old Nedim Khalilov is almost certainly retaliation for his attempt to bring legal proceedings against Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea.
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
Cross & Icons seized, Archbishop assaulted in barbaric new attack on Ukrainian Cathedral in Russian-occupied Crimea
The Russian occupation regime has totally blocked the Cathedral of Vladimir and Olga, the main Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Kyiv Patriarchate in Simferopol. During the seizure on Thursday morning, masked men used force against Archbishop Kliment, injuring his arm.
Sentsov and Kolchenko vs. obliging perpetrators of Russia’s ideologically-motivated Terror
Solidarity events marking the 2nd anniversary of the sentences passed on Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko are important to ensure that the two political prisoners, are not forgotten, but also to ensure that the role played by the three judges in sentencing two innocent men to 20 and 10-year sentences is also remembered
Oleksandr Kolchenko: 10 years for opposing Russia’s invasion of Crimea
Oleksandr Kolchenko is one of at least 45 people illegally held prisoner in Russia or Russian-occupied Crimea. He and Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov need our letters of support, and our advocacy with politicians and the media to ensure international pressure on Russia to release them.
Russia criminalizes more religious worship in occupied Crimea
18 Jehovah’s Witness communities in Russian-occupied Crimea have just been formally banned as supposedly ‘extremist organizations’. This means that members could now face criminal charges for activities linked with their worship. They will not be the only Ukrainians put on trial for their faith since Russia’s invasion of Crimea
Ukrainian political prisoner in occupied Crimea charged with assault after complaining of ill-treatment
It seems a three and a half year sentence against Volodymyr Balukh for his Ukrainian flag in Russian-occupied Crimea was not enough. He is now facing new criminal proceedings brought after he complained about anti-Ukrainian abuse and physical violence from the head of the Razdolne detention centre Captain Valery Tkachenko
Russian banks cut off from SWIFT for working in Crimea
The main Russian bank working in Russian-occupied Crimea and one other have been informed that the company providing their connection to the SWIFT network will terminate its services from 31 August.. This is a welcome move and one that can surely be used to put pressure on SWIFT to disconnect other Russian banks implicated in Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
Ukrainian tortured by FSB into "confessing" to sabotage plot jailed on different charge
There is no proof that Oleksiy Stohniy was tortured by the FSB in November 2016, yet how else do you explain why he ‘confessed’ to being part of a Ukrainian Crimea sabotage plot for Russia state television and the fact that he has now been convicted of something else altogether?
Ukraine’s Independence Day in Russian-occupied Crimea: “You feel the difference between freedom and non-freedom”
‘Only’ two Ukrainian activists were detained in Russian-occupied Crimea on Ukraine’s Independence Day. That, however, was probably because most Ukrainians celebrated the day with family and friends. As one Ukrainian put it, coming out to any kind of event could cost you your liberty.
Horrifically tortured and murdered, or imprisoned in Crimea and Donbas for the Ukrainian Flag
Ukraine marked National Flag Day on August 23, remembering Volodymyr Rybak who was tortured and murdered for his defence of the Flag, and with at least three Ukrainians imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea or by the Russian-backed militants in Donbas for the same reason
Tortured for TV Confessions. Russia’s first aborted ‘Ukrainian Crimea Saboteur plot’
Four men remain imprisoned a year after Russia tried to convince the world that they were part of a Ukrainian military plot to ‘encroach’ upon Ukraine’s own territory. The trial of two has nothing to do with their confessions, and pressure against a third to now ‘admit guilt’ cannot negate his and the fourth man’s detailed accounts of torture and denials of the entire nonsensical ‘plot’
62-year-old Crimean Tatar activist jailed for trying to speak at a public hearing
62-year-old Fazil Ibraimov, who suffers from diabetes, has been jailed for five days in Russian-occupied Crimea, after attempting to speak out against building plans which are likely to deprive him and many other Crimean Tatars of their homes.
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
Russia deploys armed police but fails to stop vital Crimean Tatar resolution warning of persecution & discrimination
The typically heavy-handed measures on August 20 still failed to prevent a hard-hitting resolution warning of grave infringements of Crimean Tatar rights
Russia again flouts European Court to hide Crimean Tatar political prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev
Ruslan Zeytullaev has, fortunately, ended the hunger strike declared in protest at his increased sentence and the persecution of the Crimean Tatar people, but for a worrying reason. The 31-year-old Crimean Tatar, whose release has been demanded by European bodies as well as human rights NGO’s is being sent thousands of kilometres from his wife, three small children and elderly mother.