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19.06.2017

Open Letter to the European Union and NATO Officials Regarding the Anniversary of the Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy

Mr Donald Tusk President of the European Council Mr Antonio Tajani President of the European Parliament Mr Jean-Claude Junker President of the European Commission Ms Federica Mogherini High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission Mr Jens Stoltenberg Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization Mr Paolo Alli President of NATO Parliamentary Assembly 19...
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12.06.2017

Unsanctioned Freedom

The Crimean Human Rights Group presents to your attention the аnalytical review on violation of right to peaceful assembly in Crimea (March 2014 – March 2017) «Unsanctioned Freedom» The review has summed up outcomes of the consistent and comprehensive work of the Crimean Human Rights Group on monitoring and documenting the facts of violating the freedom of peaceful assemblieson the territory of Crimea after the occupation and unlawful...
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01.06.2017

Ukrainian, whom the Russian media called a saboteur, was sentenced in Crimea for 3 years

Volodymir Prisich Vladimir Prisich, who was called a spy of Ukrainian intelligence in Crimea by Russian media in August 2016, on 18 May, 2017 was sentenced to 3 years in prison. The verdict was made by the judge of the Gagarinsky District Court of Sevastopol, Kryllo Pavel Valerievich. The criminal article on which the Kharkiv citizen was convicted has nothing to do with the “case of Ukrainian saboteurs”. At the same time, a video...
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30.05.2017

How to counteract illegal searches in Crimea – legal advice

In Crimea, since the beginning of the occupation, the visits of security officials to homes for activists and journalists have increased, as a result of which the occupation authorities fabricate administrative and criminal cases against Crimeans. Often the purpose of such visits is to “find” any illegal items and to seize mobile phones, computers and other equipment. In the legislation of the Russian Federation, which now actually...
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29.05.2017

The main risks of the bill on social benefits for Ukrainian political prisoners

The head of the Crimean human rights group, Olga Skrypnik, spoke about the main risks for political prisoners, which contains a new bill, presented by the Ministry of Occupied Territories on 25 May. The bill proposes to create a commission that will determine whether the Ukrainian is a political prisoner, deprived of his liberty in the territory of the Russian Federation, Crimea or Occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Those who...
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29.05.2017

The FSS persecutes Vinogradov family of Ukrainian activists in Crimea

Андрій Виноградов и Наталка Харченко, фото Фейсбук Today, on 29 May, in the FSS office in Crimea Ukrainian activist Natalia Kharchenko was questioned again; she is the wife of the activist of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre Andrei Vinogradov. This is the fourth interrogation since the search of the Vinogradovs’ house. Natalia’s lawyer Edem Sememlyaev told the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG)...
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27.05.2017

In violation of international humanitarian law, 30 conscripts from Sevastopol were sent to serve in the Russian Federation

On 25 May for the first time since the beginning of the occupation of Crimea, meaningful sending of 30 conscripts for military service outside the peninsula to Russia took place in Sevastopol. About 400 residents of Sevastopol will be drafted into the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for the period of the spring draft campaign in 2017. This figure was announced by the “military commissar” of Sevastopol, Alexei Astakhov, at a...
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23.05.2017

The Ukrainian citizen Baluch was kept in pre-detention centre for another 3 months on the request from the Crimean “court”

Владимир Балух Today, on 23 May, a court session was held in the Razdolnensky District Court, which examined the issue of extending the detention for Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh. “Judge” Maria Bedritskaya decided to extend the detention period to Vladimir Balukh until 4 September, 2017. The defence of the activist drew the court’s attention to the procedural violation – the court itself made a motion...
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22.05.2017

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation did not initiate criminal proceedings against the torture of Ukrainian citizen Panov

Ольга Динзе This was announced by Olga Dinze, the lawyer of the Ukrainian political prisoner Yevgeny Panov, who has been detained for more than six months in the pre-detention centre of Simferopol, during a press conference that was organized by the Crimean Human Rights Group. Olga Dinze said that her client was subjected to cruel torture, traces of which even now are visible on his body. “When I managed to meet with Eugene in...
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19.05.2017

The Ukrainian citizens from Crimea and Donbas should receive biometric passports without any restrictions

Speaking at Freedom of Speech TV talk show on ICTV channel on 15.05.2017, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, when discussing the visa free regime, said that the citizens of Ukraine that remained on the occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Sevastopol and Donbas territories not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, may run into difficulties in the process of obtaining biometric passports for leaving abroad. The...
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19.05.2017

Figurant of the case of “Ukrainian saboteurs” Dudka was left in custody by Crimean “court

Володимир Дудка A court session was held in the “Supreme Court of Crimea” to consider the appeal against the preventive punishment in the form of detention of Vladimir Dudka. The lawyers under the agreement could not be present, and the court was notified in advance. Dudka, who was personally present in the courtroom, asked to postpone the meeting, but he was denied. The court-appointed defence lawyer was present at...
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15.05.2017

In the Crimean “court” the investigation with regard to the complaint of Ukrainian citizen Yevgeny Panov’s defense against the investigator’s actions has been postponed

On May 15th, 2017 in the “Kiev District Court” in Simferopol a court hearing was scheduled to review the complaint subject to of Art. 125 of the Russian Federation Code of Criminal Procedure on the actions of the investigator related to the violation of the right of the person involved in the case of “Ukrainian saboteurs” Yevgeny Panov for protection. About this the Crimean Human Rights Group was informed by Mr....
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