Crimean political prisoners tortured on the way to court in Russian occupied Crimea
At least one of the Crimean Muslims facing fabricated ‘terrorism’ charges under Russian occupation has reported being tortured and threatened when brought to court hearings and a lawyer reports that FSB special force officers are present and used as a menacing threat when the men are taken to see the investigator.
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
Strasbourg to rule on Russia’s 2nd deportation of Crimea Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev
Russia’s Supreme Court has upheld the 5-year ban imposed shortly after Russia invaded Crimea preventing Mustafa Dzhemiliev from entering his homeland
UN General Assembly condemns Russia’s occupation of Crimea and rights violations
As well as openly calling Russia’s behaviour occupation, the General Assembly’s resolution is important in identifying the grave rights violations under Russian occupation and demands the release of all unlawfully held Ukrainian citizens.
Trump is on collision course with international law over Crimea
If, as US intelligence believes, Russia interfered in the US elections to get Donald Trump elected, it is certainly being rewarded for its efforts and expense
Ukrainian savagely beaten in Russian-occupied Crimea then arrested
It was not enough that the only person punished after Ihor Movenko was brutally attacked was the Ukrainian himself, not his assailant. Now Movenko has been arrested and beaten, this time by the FSB to force him to ‘confess’ to extremism.
Germany’s Siemens Company accused of scam to bypass Crimean sanctions
A new twist has been reported in the story of Siemens gas turbines which could be used to deliver the turbines to Russian-occupied Crimea without Germany’s Siemens openly bypassing EU sanctions. A check is urgently needed since the scam suggested would cast a shadow over Siemens and demonstrate serious failings in sanction controls.
Ukrainian hostages savagely tortured for ‘Crimea saboteur confessions’ fight back
Two Ukrainians seized by Russia’s FSB and accused of a ‘Crimean sabotage’ plot have lodged formal complaints with Russia’s Investigative Committee. Both allege savage forms of torture applied by the FSB to extract ‘confessions’ and demand proper investigations
Closed ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea moves to strip Crimean Tatar leader of his lawyer
A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has ordered that Nikolai Polozov be interrogated as a witness in the prosecution of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov, giving the FSB grounds to demand his removal from the case.
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.
Russia’s youngest victims in occupied Crimea urgently need support
A special charitable action took place in Kyiv on Dec 11 to raise money and awareness of the youngest victims of Russia’s mounting repression in occupied Crimea.
Crimean Tatar rights activist placed in psychiatric clinic on eve of Human Rights Day
Emir-Huseyn Kuku, a human rights activist imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea on gravely flawed charges has been placed in a psychiatric clinic. This is purportedly for a ‘psychiatric assessment’, but the lack of any grounds and forced hospitalization make charges of punitive psychiatry in his case and that of five other prisoners arrested with him warranted.
Ukrainian activist arrested on fabricated charges in Russian-occupied Crimea
Crimean activist Volodymyr Balukh has been arrested by the Russian FSB just 10 days after he hung a plaque on his home in memory of the people killed during Euromaidan.
Torture, threats & absurd ‘confessions’ in FSB’s new ‘Crimean saboteur’ plots
The FSB’s new Crimean ‘plots’, in their use of torture, televised ‘confessions’ and grandiose claims, bear an eerie similarity to the first Crimean arrests in May 2014 of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and other opponents of Russia’s occupation, but there are some key differences
Crimean Tatars ’tried’ & fined for solidarity with victims of persecution
Russia is extending repressive measures in occupied Crimea to target those who dare ask why when their compatriots are facing persecution
Russia targets only Crimean Tatars and their families in revenge prosecution
Not satisfied with imprisoning Crimean Tatars on absurd charges regarding a pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia has no jurisdiction, the occupying state is increasingly applying methods of intimidation and repression against prisoners’ families.
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
Russia charges Crimean pensioner with ’state treason’ & spying for Ukraine
Ukraine in turn has accused Russia’s FSB of simply scouring databases for their next ’spot the Ukrainian spy’ arrest
Russia continues Crimean arrests with debunked ’Ukrainian nationalist’ proof
Two more Crimeans have been arrested and remanded in custody accused by Russia of planning acts of ‘sabotage’. Typically the main news source was provided by Dmitry Kiselyov, described by the BBC as ‘Russia’s chief spin doctor’, in a long feature under the title ‘The latest failure by Ukrainian intelligence: saboteurs failed to harm Crimea”