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”
Another supposed ’Ukrainian Crimean saboteur’ hostage found on Russian TV
A fourth Ukrainian arrested by Russia and accused of being part of a ‘Crimean sabotage’ plot in early August has been identified through close scrutiny of Russian state-controlled television
Jailed & now subjected to punitive psychiatry for being Muslim in Russian-occupied Crimea
Muslim Aliev, a Crimean Tatar held in detention since armed and masked men burst into his home, terrifying his children, in February this year, has now been forcibly placed in a psychiatric clinic in Simferopol. There are fears that he and other political prisoners will face undisclosed ‘psychiatric treatment’.
Russia dumps the International Criminal Court after report on Crimea. Liability for war crimes remains
Despite numerous misleading headlines, Russia cannot dramatically leave the International Criminal Court since it has never joined in the first place. It could, however, have ratified the Rome Statute and now doesn’t want to, presumably because of such unkind words as ‘military conflict’ and ‘occupation’.
UN Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Crimea
The most hard-hitting UN statement yet on Russia’s occupation of Crimea and ongoing human rights abuse
International Criminal Court demolishes Russia’s narrative on Crimean annexation
Russia’s attempts to distort the picture regarding its invasion and annexation of Crimea, and military engagement in Eastern Ukraine received a significant blow on Nov 14 in the hard-hitting conclusions published by the International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor
International protest over Russian FSB arrest of well-known Crimean scholars
The FSB has posted videoed ‘confessions’ from two of its three alleged ‘Crimean saboteurs’, both renowned academics, but has not allowed lawyers to see the men. The third man, Volodymyr Dudka, a retired military man, was allowed to briefly see a lawyer and told her that his ‘confession’ was extracted through threats to his family.
Russia makes new ‘Crimean Saboteur’ Arrests’ with old Right Sector card as ‘proof’
Three more Ukrainians have been arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea accused of ‘sabotage’ for Ukrainian military intelligence, with the Russian media shown a ‘Right Sector business card’ that caused Internet mirth 2 years ago as ’evidence’
Make Russias open interference a Pyrrhic Putin - Trump victory
Why Russia should be so openly celebrating Donald Trump’s election, and even flaunting the consultations Trump’s team denied, is clear. Whether painless and ongoing triumph is guaranteed must be less so.
Crimean Tatar who sued Putin over annexation ‘deported’ from Russian-occupied Crimea
Nedim Khalilov, a Crimean Tatar activist who in February 2016 filed a civil suit asking for the actions of the occupation regime and Russian President Vladimir Putin to be declared illegal, has been ‘deported’ from his homeland and is being forcibly sent to Uzbekistan
Russia uses punitive psychiatry against more Crimean political prisoners
After placing Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov’s life in danger through effective imprisonment in a psychiatric institution, the Russian FSB in occupied Crimea are now planning forced ‘psychiatric assessments’ of Crimean Tatar human rights activist Emir-Huseyn Kuku and five other Crimean Muslims. Their lawyers have condemned the move as unacceptable pressure on the men.
Prosecuted under Russian occupation for honouring Victims of Crimean Tatar Deportation
Four young Crimean Tatars from Sudak have each been fined 20 thousand roubles in Russian-occupied Crimea over a peaceful act of remembrance for the victims of the 1944 Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People
Why a Trump Victory Would Put Ukraine in Danger. In Trump’s Own Words
Moscow’s obvious, and seemingly active, support for Donald Trump in the US Elections is ignored by some Ukrainian Americans or dismissed as ‘leftist’ propaganda. The denial is baffling given how often Trump’s own statements echo Russia’s position on Crimea, on Ukraine in general and on NATO
The Children Russia has Taken Hostage
While it is Russia’s imprisonment of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and others that gets reported, there are several times more victims, and many of them very small
Russia upholds its savage revenge on young Ukrainian Maidan activist
Having failed to prevent Euromaidan, Russia is avenging itself on individual activists, including through surreal court trials in Russian-occupied Crimea for alleged actions over which it can have no jurisdiction. The 10-year sentence just upheld against 23-year-old Andriy Kolomiyets has demonstrated that any Ukrainian who took part in Maidan is not safe in occupied Crimea or Russia.
Russia’s First Crimean Political Prisoner Found After More Than Two Years.
Maidan activist Mykola Shiptur has been held prisoner in Russian-occupied Crimea since March 9, 2014, but his case has only just come to light now thanks to human rights activists noticing the clear political elements in an alleged criminal conviction.
Jailed for refusing to bear false testimony against Crimean Tatar leader
Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy are paying a high price in Russian-occupied Crimea for their commitment to Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and for their own personal integrity. Both men are charged over a pre-annexation demonstration that Russia can have no jurisdiction over, and are almost certainly being held in detention as revenge for their refusal to give false testimony against the third political prisoner, Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz
Russia invades Crimea then jails Crimean Tatars, other Ukrainians for ‘terrorism’
The abductions, disappearances, politically motivated trials seen in Crimea since Russia’s invasion have long been a bitter reality in the Russian Federation. Some seem particularly cynical from a regime which seized control through the use of armed soldiers without insignia and lawless paramilitaries
Head of Beleaguered Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Crimea detained after informing PACE of rights abuses
Archbishop Kliment, the Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Kyiv Patriarchate in Crimea, was detained on Oct 19. He was released this time but fears that Russia may be planning to ban him from occupied Crimea as it has Mustafa Dzhemliev and others
Italian far-right collaborators openly admit breaking the law in Russian-occupied Crimea
However marginal the motley bunch of far-right politicians visiting Russian-occupied Crimea may be, they serve Russia’s propaganda machine and are also publicly admitting to flouting sanctions binding on their country