Ukrainian jailed in occupied Crimea because someone with a different name is wanted by Interpol
Kabir Mohammad, a Ukrainian citizen originally from Afghanistan and his Ukrainian family have paid a high price for their attempted visit on September 14, 2016. Mohammad was seized by Russian border guards that day because a person with a different name but same country of origin is on Interpol’s wanted list
Crimean Tatar political prisoner declares hunger strike
Ruslan Zeytullaev, one of the first men tried for unproven involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine has demanded an end to persecution of his people, and announced a hunger strike until specific demands are met. Zeytullaev addressed his demands to the Russian military court in Rostov where he is currently being retried after his initial sentence was quashed as spoiling the FSB’s story
Blacklist exposes judges involved in political persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea
The Crimea Human Rights Group has collated important information about all judges involved in illegally imprisoning Ukrainian citizens in Russian-occupied Crimea. The blacklist will provide vital documentation for international courts as well as evidence to back demands for the individuals to face Ukrainian and international sanctions.
Russia ignores its own international agreements in trying journalist for saying Crimea is Ukraine
Russia is claiming that Mykola Semena sought to violate Russia’s territorial integrity in a text opposing Russian annexation, although it has never withdrawn from international conventions which recognize Crimea as Ukrainian
Russia taken to human rights court over ban on Crimean Tatar Mejlis
Russia’s ban on the Crimean Tatar Mejlis [representative assembly] has been formally challenged at the European Court of Human Rights, with the Mejlis represented by prominent Ukrainian and Russian human rights groups and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre [EHRAC].
Crimean Tatar activist jailed for video posted 7 years ago in new wave of repression
Remzi Bekirov has been jailed for three days in an escalating offensive against Crimean Tatars who actively report on repression in Russian-occupied Crimea. It is doubtless intentional that the pretext should have been a social network post from long before Russia’s annexation of Crimea and on a VKontakte page that he had long deleted
Crimean Tatar activist abducted by masked men from outside court
Bilyal Adilov was seized by men in camouflage gear and masks from outside the High Court in Russian-occupied Crimea on March 29 in the latest attempt to terrorize Crimean Tatars and deter them from showing solidarity with victims of persecution
New attack on Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov
Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov has been summoned for questioning and informed he is facing a preliminary criminal investigation on absurd charges. This is the latest overt offensive against Kurbedinov and other lawyers defending Russia’s ever-increasing number of political prisoners in occupied Crimea.
Russia lies about its most openly anti-Crimean Tatar trial at the Hague
Russia’s near total silence about its imprisonment and trial of Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and others at the International Court of Justice in the Hague is hardly surprising, when Ukraine is accusing it of discriminating against Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians, and the prosecution in question has openly targeted only Crimean Tatars.
Crimean journalist accused of contempt of court for demanding open trial
The first hearing into Russia’s trial in occupied Crimea of journalist Mykola Semena ended shortly after beginning on Monday, March 20, with the prosecution calling the defence ‘capricious’ and their demand for open hearings ‘contempt of court’.
Chechnya style lawlessness will not work in occupied Crimea, however much Russia tries
Russia has concentrated negative and repressive features from all over the Russian Federation in occupied Crimea, a Russian human rights activist has said. However, neither she, nor a Crimean Tatar activist whose own son and nephew were abducted, believe that Russia will succeed in imposing the unbridled lawlessness seen in the Caucasus, although not necessarily for want of trying.
Russia orchestrates fast-track trial to imprison pro-Ukrainian activist in Crimea
The trial in Russian-occupied Crimea has begun of Volodymyr Balukh, a Ukrainian from North Crimea whose latest arrest came just a week after he nailed a plaque to his home in honour of activists slain during Euromaidan. The case has reached the court with suspicious speed given that the only thing that is entirely clear-cut is the political motivation behind the charges
Children with Machine Guns & Russian Flags vs Shame & Protest at Russia’s Crimea Landgrab
A performance with children dancing about with machine guns was one of the most shocking parts of the state-organized festivities in Russian-occupied Crimea for the 3rd anniversary of Russia’s annexation. Others marked the anniversary with opposition and shame
European Parliament demands Russia release Ukrainian hostages, slams human rights abuse in occupied Crimea
An overwhelming majority of European parliamentarians have endorsed a hard-hitting Resolution condemning Russia’s occupation and repressive measures in occupied Crimea. The MEPs call for the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners held illegally in occupied Crimea and Russia, and stress that Russia has no right to be applying its legislation on occupied territory.
FSB abduct & threaten to bury Crimean Tatar alive to force false testimony
A young Crimean Tatar was effectively abducted on Wednesday by Russian FSB officers who took him to a field and threatened to bury him if he refused to testify against 6 men, including a prominent human rights activist, facing gravely flawed charges.
Human rights activists seized by FSB on Crimea border may have been led into a trap
The Coordinator of the Crimean Human Rights Group and two other rights activists detained by armed FSB officers and illegally held for 7 hours near the Crimean border may have been deliberately tricked to provide a pretext for their detention. They were, thankfully, released, but the incident remains of great concern.
Russia uses denunciation as pretext for new repression against Crimean Tatar Mejlis
Nariman Dzhelyal, First Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative assembly has faced interrogation in Russia’s so-called ‘Centre for Countering Extremism’, with the move a menacing warning of what could follow. Russia is resurrecting the worst traditions of Soviet times, and a denunciation was given as pretext for the summons.
Human Rights Court judgment confirms violation by Russia of Crimean political prisoners’ rights
The European Court of Human Rights has issued an important judgment with direct relevance to Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, and many other Ukrainians from occupied Crimea imprisoned huge distances away from their homes.
Ukrainian jailed as a ‘terrorist’ in Russian-occupied Crimea for converting to Islam
If 2 men arrested on Feb 11, 2016 were probably targeted for their human rights or civic activism, it is likely that Vadim Siruk was arrested as an ethnic Ukrainian convert to Islam. Lawyers representing the ever-increasing number of political prisoners in Russian-occupied Crimea have long noted a clear pattern: Devout Muslims are accused of ‘terrorism’; other Ukrainians – of ‘extremism’.
Russia’s lawyer doesn’t deny Russian missile downed MH17, only that it’s terrorism
If, as Russia claims, it is fully implementing its obligations under two international agreements – not financing terrorism and not discriminating against Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians in occupied Crimea, is it fighting Ukraine’s attempt to secure provisional measures which demand only such implementation?