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16-year-old Crimean Tatar sentenced for removing 3 Russian flags in occupied Crimea

16-year-old Crimean Tatar sentenced for removin...

April 7, 2019

Views 59 16-year-old Abduraman Abduveliev has received a 6-month restricted liberty sentence for taking down three Russian flags in the village of Kurske.  The teenager was prosecuted for supposed ‘desecration of the Russian flag’ under Article 329 of Russia’s criminal code which, like the flags, is being illegally used on occupied territory.

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“My only crime is that I am a Muslim”: mass ter...

April 2, 2019

Views 108 On 27 March, security services in Crimea carried out the largest house search operation of Crimean Tatar homes since Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014. Beginning at four o’clock in the morning, FSB, Interior Ministry and Russian National Guard personnel searched 27 homes in the Crimean Tatar villages of Stroganovka, Kamenka and Aikavan

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“My only crime is that I am a Muslim”: mass terrorism arrests hit Crimean Tatar solidarity campaign
Russia sentences gravely ill Ukrainian political prisoner it abducted to 6 years, he launches hunger strike

Russia sentences gravely ill Ukrainian politica...

March 25, 2019

Views 62 Pavlo Hryb, a 20-year-old severely ill Ukrainian student kidnapped to Russia and accused of aiding terrorism, was on 22 March 2019 sentenced to 6 years in prison by the Northern Caucasus court in Rostov on Don. Immediately after the sentence, Hryb announced he is launching a hunger strike – a form of protest

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The first criminal case under Kremlin’s &...

February 23, 2019

Views 84 On 23 January, Anastasia Shevchenko, an activist of the Open Russia movement, became the first person arrested and criminally charged for “participating in the activities of a foreign undesirable organization.” However, Open Russia is not a foreign organization — it is a pro-democracy movement operated by Russian citizens, on Russian territory — and

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The first criminal case under Kremlin’s “undesirables” law
“For Human Rights” Group Labeled Foreign Agent

“For Human Rights” Group Labeled Fo...

February 14, 2019

Views 92 On Wednesday, February 13, it was reported that Russia’s Justice Ministry labeled organisation “For Human Rights”, Forum member, a ‘foreign agent’. The Ministry website states that “the group’s compliance with the characteristics of a non-profit organisation performing the functions of a foreign agent was established during the unannounced documentary inspection of its activities.”

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Russia: First criminal case under “undesirable ...

January 25, 2019

Views 84 The Russian authorities have for the first time used the repressive “undesirable organizations” law to open a criminal case against human rights defender Anastasia Shevchenko, exposing her to the risk of a six-year prison term, Amnesty International said.

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Russia: First criminal case under “undesirable organizations” law marks a new level of repression
Azov Sea Conflict: what happened and how to react

Azov Sea Conflict: what happened and how to react

November 30, 2018

Views 11,455 On November 25, the Ukrainian ships “Berdyansk,” “Nikopol” and “Yany Kapu,” en route from Odessa to Mariupol through the Kerch Strait, were detained by officers of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation. During the detention, Russian border guards used life-threatening violence. As a result, the coast guard boat of the Russian

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First ‘non-reporting’ criminal case...

November 26, 2018

Views 144 The first criminal case involving failure to report a crime (art. 205.6 of the Criminal Code) has been opened in Crimea, The news was reported by Novaya Gazeta, citing the lawyer Emil Kurbedinov.

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First ‘non-reporting’ criminal case opened in Crimea
Journalist Alena Savchuk banned from entering Russia for 10 years

Journalist Alena Savchuk banned from entering R...

November 25, 2018

Views 1,568 Ukrainian journalist Alena Savchuk has been banned from entering Russia for 10 years. This was told to her by Russian border guards at the Novoalekseevka checkpoint when she tried to drive into annexed Crimea from Kherson.

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The presentation of the report “Crimea: Chronol...

November 24, 2018

Views 1,028 On November 22 in Nuremberg, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, SOLIDARUS NGO presented a report on the persecution of residents of occupied Crimea: Members of the “Mejlis” organization, the situation with prisoners and the violation of religious freedom and the freedom of national minorities.

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The presentation of the report “Crimea: Chronology of Pressure” was held in Nuremberg
Jean-Luc Godard has refused to go to Russia due to the Oleg Sentsov case

Jean-Luc Godard has refused to go to Russia due...

November 20, 2018

Views 377 French director Jean-Luc Godard refused an invitation to visit Russia because of the Oleg Sentsov case. “Medusa” writes about this. With the permission of Godard, the Society of French Film Directors issued a letter that the director wrote to Dmitry Ozerkov, the Head of the Modern Art Department at the Hermitage. In the

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FSB (Federal Security Service of Russia) conduc...

November 16, 2018

Views 589 In the city of Dzhankoy, located in northern Crimea, FSB officers searched members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, an organization that is currently banned in Russia. According to the TV channel Vesti-Crimea, searches were carried out at 30 different addresses. Later, “Novaya Gazeta” reporter in Crimea, Anton Naumlyuk, clarified that searches at only five addresses

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FSB (Federal Security Service of Russia) conducted mass searches of Crimea’s “Jehovah’s Witnesses” members

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