Strasbourg to rule if Russia can ban Crimean Tatar Mejlis for opposing its occupation of Crimea
Ukraine is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights over its ban of the internationally recognized Mejlis or Crimean Tatar self-governing body. The ban has rightly been condemned as “a hostile act against the entire Crimean Tatar people” and as a new low for Russia
Defence denied Crimean Tatar leader on trial for saying Russia must leave Crimea
In a move as unexpected as it is lawless, Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has been deprived of his defence lawyer Nikolai Polozov. The Crimean Supreme Court under Russian occupation rejected Polozov’s appeal against a ruling allowing Polozov to be interrogated as a ‘witness’ in Umerov’s case. A
Another Rights Activist ‘Deported’ from Russian-occupied Crimea
Russia is increasingly using citizenship as one of its weapons against dissent and civic activism in occupied Crimea. It has claimed that imprisoned Crimean filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko ‘automatically’ became Russian citizens as its excuse for not returning the two Ukrainian political prisoners, yet uses lack of Russian citizenship in other cases to remove people from their homeland.
Russia invents ‘terrorism’ and fights children in occupied Crimea
It is a year since the multiple armed searches of at least 11 homes in Russian-occupied Crimea and arrests of four men, including a human rights activist monitoring rights abuses under occupation. The four men remain imprisoned, facing absurd charges, and in at least one case, their children have been terrorized by the FSB.
UK university denies any part in Russia’s latest Crimea propaganda stunt
Three UK academics specializing in military history are currently taking part in meetings and propaganda media shots in Russian-occupied Crimea. They appear to be promising a joint project with Bristol University which says that the men have nothing to do with them.
Russia uses collaborators at UN to deny its repression of Crimean Tatars
Instead of returning Crimea or at least putting an end to grave human rights violations on the Ukrainian peninsula, Russia is pulling out (or even creating) marginal groups for use in stunts like the latest appeal by a marginal Crimean Tatar organization to the UN to recognize Crimea as Russian and lift sanctions
Ukrainian jailed for insistence that Crimea is Ukraine declared a political prisoner
A Crimean for whom the words of Ukraine’s national anthem about “laying down life and soul for our freedom” are his credo in life has become the latest political prisoner in Russian-occupied Crimea. The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre’s statement declaring Volodymyr Balukh a political prisoner and demanding his release came as the Ukrainian farmer spent his 45th birthday jailed on overtly absurd charges
Russia to publish “anti-Ukrainian Ukrainian newspaper” in occupied Crimea
The Russian media has widely reported plans to publish “the first Ukrainian-language newspaper in Crimea”. ‘First’ it is not, but it will be the only paper in Ukrainian since Russia’s invasion and occupation of Crimea. It may be used merely for propaganda purposes, however the ‘Ukrainian society’ supposedly behind the initiative was formed by the occupation government and has an openly anti-Kyiv position
Russian Human Rights Ombudsperson thinks jailing Crimean rights lawyer Kurbedinov & seizing his clients’ records is OK
Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov has been freed after 10 days’ unwarranted imprisonment but the FSB are still holding computers seized during armed searches. This is an obvious violation – recognized by everybody except Russia’s Ombudsperson – of both Kurbedinov’s rights and the rights of the many victims of persecution he is defending
Jailed Pro-Ukrainian Crimean Activist likely subjected to torture
Pro-Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh remains in detention in Russian-occupied Crimea with the evidence mounting that the prosecution against him is politically motivated and that he is being subjected to torture.
Mafia methods used to get the ‘right’ court rulings in Russian-occupied Crimea
A moment of limited judicial independence in Russian-occupied Crimea on Jan 25 got forgotten amid the mounted offensive against lawyers defending political prisoners and imprisonment of human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov. Any celebration over the refusal to extend the detention of Redvan Suleimanov would, in any case, have been premature
Kremlin-Installed Crimean Leader Admits Preparations for Armed Uprising
De facto Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov’s testimony on Jan 31 against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz clashed with hard evidence, but it did reveal some interesting details.
Enemy No. 1 for Exposing Lawlessness & Repression in Russian-occupied Crimea
Several dozen Russian lawyers have issued a hard-hitting statement in support for jailed Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov and his colleagues who, they stress, are providing the last obstacle to total lawlessness in Russian-occupied Crimea
Russia resorts to open terrorization of lawyers & their families in occupied Crimea
Emil Kurbedinov, one of the lawyers representing many of Russia’s Crimean political prisoners, was detained on Thursday, Jan 26. He and his colleague Edem Semedlyaev were heading to the home of a Crimean Tatar activist where a search and arrest was taking place.
Dirty Russian Media Lies as Repression Mounts in Occupied Crimea
While armed searches and arrests were underway in Russian-occupied Crimea of a prominent human rights lawyer and the son of a veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Russian state-controlled media widely reported that a “special operation” was underway against supposed ‘terrorists’.
Russia uses repression to remove witnesses to illegal arrests in occupied Crimea
Russia is continuing to use docile judges in occupied Crimea to impose unwarranted penalties on Crimean Tatars for entirely peaceful demonstrations of solidarity with families facing armed searches and arrests
Russian FSB stage abduction to deprive Crimean Tatar leader of his lawyer
Instead of abandoning the extraordinary ‘separatism’ charges against Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov for rightly saying that Russia should stop occupying Crimea, Russia’s FSB are resorting to illegal measures aimed at preventing a well-known Russian lawyer from representing Umerov.
Historical Truth Banned in Russian-Occupied Crimea
Where Russia cannot prosecute for annoyingly inconvenient but entirely provable truth, it opts for bans. This appears to have now happened with the Kyiv-based website Istorychna Pravda [Historical Truth
Journalist faces mandatory 5-year sentence for saying Russia should leave Crimea
Any lingering doubt that Russia would genuinely convict a journalist for expressing the same position as the United National and all democratic countries has now been quashed. On Jan 20, Mykola Semena and his lawyer were presented with an indictment that is both eerily Soviet and openly surreal
Russia Invades Crimea, Then Charges Ukrainians with ‘Violent Seizure of Power’
Russia is already holding Crimean Muslims in detention for unproven involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine. It has now begun adding the charge of ‘attempting violent seizure of power in Russia’ with this carrying a near-guaranteed increase in sentence of from 12 to 20 years. .