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29.08.2018

Persecution of Ukrainian Cultural Center activist in Crimea

Photo credits: Mikhail Batrak Facebook page On August 29, at about 6.40 am, representatives of occupying authorities in Crimea conducted a search in the apartment (Simferopol) of Ukrainian Cultural Center activist Olga Pavlenko. According to available sources, the reason for the search was the suspicion of the occupying authorities regarding the activist’s alleged involvement in the activities of the Right Sector (in 2014, after the start of...
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18.08.2018

We can’t proceed the other way, and we will do everything to return him home – mother of Yevgeniy Panov after seeing him in the Detention Center

Mrs Vera Kotelianets, mother of Mr Yevgeniy Panov, a Ukrainian political prisoner, sentenced in Crimea ‘for preparing acts of sabotage’, managed to get a short-term meeting with the son in the Detention Center. The Ukrainian told the Crimean Human Rights Group how such visits took usually place, what parcels and medicines might be transferred to the Crimean Detention Center. ‘I saw my son on August 14th, we communicated through glass by...
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05.07.2018

Another sentence for V. Balukh: human rights defenders ask the international community and Ukrainian Government to do everything in their power to save the activist

Governments of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Montenegro, Iceland, Albania, Liechtenstein, USA, Canada, Australia and Japan President and Government of Ukraine OPEN ADDRESS On July 5, 2018, in violation of fundamental human rights and international humanitarian law, a court of Crimean occupying authorities passed another sentence against Ukrainian citizen Volodymyr Balukh. Judge of the “Rozdolnenskyi District Court” Tetyana...
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04.07.2018

Persecutions of Volodymyr Balukh for the Ukrainian Flag in occupied Crimea – chronology

Volodymyr Balukh, a political prisoner, has been already in custody for 1 year and 7 months in Crimea. Protesting, he has been on hunger strike for 108 days. During the Maidan protest in Kyiv he placed a flag of Ukraine at his house in the Crimean village. After occupation of the peninsula he did not remove the flag, for it the Russian authorities began to persecute him. Since April 2015, illegal searches began in his house, during that flags...
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22.06.2018

FreeNet Ukraine Coalition Urges MPs Not to Vote for Draft Law on Blocking of Websites

On June 21, 2018, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine included draft law “On Introducing Changes to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning Counteraction to Threats to the National Security in Information Sector” No. 6688 in the agenda. This draft law introduces a mechanism of temporary blocking of websites, obliges providers to install technical tools for access restriction and stipulates high sanctions, including criminal responsibility,...
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21.06.2018

“Supreme Court” of Crimea has extended the arrest of Sevastopol citizens Bessarabov and Dudka for two more months

On June 18, 2018 the “Supreme Court” of Crimea has extended the preventive punishment in the form of detention for another two months – until August 14 – for Vladimir Dudka and Aleksei Bessarabov, who are accused of preparing “sabotage” in the territory of Crimea. Crimean human rights group was informed regarding this by the relatives of Vladimir Dudka. The decision to extend the arrest was made by...
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18.06.2018

Vladimir Balukh is accused in disrupting the work of the temporary detention facility because of problems with the clothes of the chief

Such information is contained in the response to a request received by the defence of Balukh from the “Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Razdolnensky District.” Responding to a lawyer’s request, the police reported that “on August 11, after the incident with the convicted prisoner (Balukh V.G.) the head of the temporary detention facility, police captain Tkachenko V.A. was unable to...
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13.06.2018

In the Crimean “court” in the case of the Ukrainian “saboteur” Panov, his mother Vera Kotelianets was questioned

At a meeting of the “Supreme Court” of Crimea on the “case of the Ukrainian saboteur” Yevgenii Panov on June 13, 2018, “judge” Andrei Paliy interrogated as a witness the mother of Panov Vera Kotelianets. She told the “court” that her son Yevgenii Panov does not hate Russia’s citizens. At the last meeting, despite the objections of the defence, “confessions” were read out, which...
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06.06.2018

During the hunger strike, Vladimir Balukh lost 30 kg of weight, – Olga Dinze

The Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh, who is kept in Simferopol jail by the occupation authorities of Crimea, has lost 30 kg of weight since the start of the hunger strike (March 19, 2018). This was reported by the lawyer Olga Dinze on June 6, 2018 at a press conference in central administrative board, organized by the Crimean human rights group. “Balukh went on a hunger strike at the end of March 2018. At present, he has been starving...
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02.06.2018

The citizen of Sevastopol was added to the base of extremists for the post about the Russian security officials

The young man received a suspended sentence for an illustration and an inscription in the social network, which, in the opinion of the “prosecutor’s office”, incited hatred for “law enforcement officers.” On May 31, a message appeared on the website of the “Prosecutor’s Office of Sevastopol” about the criminal case against a resident of the city, who was accused of inciting hatred and...
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29.05.2018

Human rights activists urge to release of activists Mustafayev and Smayilov and to stop the pressure on the civic movement “Crimean Solidarity”

  To international organizations and the governments of Ukraine, EU member states, Switzerland, Norway, USA, Canada, Australia and Japan   OPEN ADDRESS   On May 21, 2018, two Crimean Tatar activists, Edem Smailov and Server Mustafayev, were detained after the searches in their houses in Russia-occupied Crimea. On May 22, the Kyiv District Court of Simferopol controlled by the Russian Federation arrested the detainees for 20 days...
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24.05.2018

Deputy Director of the petroleum base and the employee of the FSB were interrogated in the “court” in the case of “Ukrainian saboteur” Panov

On May 24, 2018, the “Supreme Court” of Crimea held a regular court hearing regarding the case of Ukrainian citizen Yevgenii Panov on preparation for sabotage on the peninsula. “Judge” Andrei Palii interrogated two witnesses of the prosecution. Deputy Director of the petroleum base, Sergei Titov, said that if a diversionary act had been committed, the potential damage could be up to 5 billion rubles. Igor Danshin, an...
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