Contents tagged with political prisoners

  • Ukrainian and German Foreign Ministers to discuss freeing of Ukrainian prisoners held captive in Russia

    The German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel is set to visit Ukraine on January 3- 4 this year. During his visit, Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin plans to discuss with him the issue of the release of Ukrainian political prisoners detained in Russian prisons.

    As the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reports, "the role of Germany, together with France, under the Normandy format in countering Russian aggression will be a key subject of the …

  • Human rights activists: at least 52 people are political prisoners in annexed Crimea

    To date, 52 people are being held in detention centers in the annexed Crimea for political reasons; and since 2014, at least 70 people have become political prisoners, as reported in an expert study conducted by the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG), Krym.Realii reports.

    "To date, 52 people continue to be held in prisons and detention facilities in Crimea or Russia; three are under house arrest, and this figure is inconclusive, because there are other criminal cases in the Crimea in which …

  • Ukraine calls on Russia to stop repressions in Crimea

    Mariana Betsa, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry, posted on Twitter that Ukraine reminds Russia of its reponsibility to put an end to the repression in annexed Crimea.

    "December 10th is a Human Rights Day. We demand that the Russian Federation stop repressions in the occupied Crimea and release all political prisoners and illegally detained persons," Betsa said. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said on International Human Rights Day that "the criminal aggression of …

  • Russian human rights lawyer Feygin appeals to Merkel and Macron for protection from persecution in Russia

    Mark Feygin, a Russian lawyer and defender of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and the Crimea appealed to European leaders asking them to protect him from persecution in his own country.Feygin wrote an appeal addressed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, which he then handed over to Ukrinform.

    "By the will of the circumstances, Germany and France are involved in the settlement of the crisis in Ukraine through the quadripartite ‘Normandy format.’ This …

  • Lawyer of detained Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko says he will be sentenced to 20 years in Russian prison

    Russian courts will sentence Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko to 20 years of imprisonment, stated his lawyer Mark Feygin.

    "Tomorrow, the wife and daughter of my client, Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko will arrive to visit him. This will happen on the eve of the ‘court hearings’ where he is going to be sentenced to 20 years for ‘collecting information about the alleged Russian invasion of Ukraine’ [according to investigators] in the summer and fall of 2016," Feygin wrote on Twitter. …

  • Bariev: 57 political prisoners are being held in Crimea

    There are currently 57 political prisoners in the Russian-annexed Crimea, as reported by the head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center and member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Eskender Bariev, during a press conference in Kyiv on November 6th.

    He noted that after Russia transferred Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiyhoz, who were imprisoned in the Crimea, to the Republic of Turkey, new arrests were made on the peninsula.

    The First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of …

  • U.S. calls on Russia to free Ilmi Umerov

    The United States of America called on Russia to release Ilmi Umerov, deputy head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People.

    “The United States is deeply troubled by the September 27, conviction and two-year prison sentence for Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov in Russian-occupied Crimea. He was convicted for his opposition to Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and given a harsher sentence than the Russian occupation prosecutor requested. This compounds past injustices in the case, …

  • Russia transfers imprisoned Ukrainian producer Sentsov to penitentiary in far North

    The Ukrainian producer, Oleh Sentsov, who was sentenced in Russia to a 20 year imprisonment, is being transferred from Irkutsk to the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, as he indicated in a letter to human rights activist, Zoya Svetova, which was published by Open Russia.

    It is noted that the letter was dated September 17th and sent from the remand center (SIZO-1) in Tyumen on September 21st, and it was received on September 29th.

    "I'm all right. I'm leaving. I was abruptly taken from Yakutia …

  • Court in the annexed Crimea sentences Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz to 8 years

    The Kremlin-controlled Supreme Court of annexed Crimea sentenced Akhtem Chiygoz, one of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people, to 8 years of general regime imprisonment, Krym.Realii reports.

    The court made the ruling on September 11, informing Chiygoz’ lawyer Oleksandr Lesovy of the special ruling after multiple delays.

    Roughly 100 people came to support Chiygoz in court.

    President Petro Poroshenko condemned the sentence, posting on Facebook:

    “The Akhtem Chiygoz case is yet another …

  • Ukrainian activist Vladimir Balukh gives final word in Crimean court

    In his speech, Balukh pointed out that the reason for his imprisonment is not the ammunition which was allegedly found in his possession, but his principled position with respect to the “occupation of his homeland”, reported the Crimean Human Rights Group on their website.

    “The origins of this are not at all in some cartridges, not in some substance which the court inexplicably identified as explosive, there is no basis for this at all. The decision has been made to ‘take me out’ since the …