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Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov’s powerful final words in surreal trial where ‘traitors put patriots on trial’

Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has ended his final address to a de facto court under Russian occupation by suggesting that they will all meet again at the international courts at the Hague and these are no empty words

Dramatic Acquittals in Trial over Odesa 2 May 2014 Riots

There were violent scenes in Odesa on Monday evening following the sensational acquittal of 20 pro-Russian activists who had been charged over the fatal disturbances in Odesa on May 2, 2014.  The outrage from some quarters, and the prosecutor’s stated intention to appeal the ruling cannot ...

Court in occupied Crimea demands 3-year suspended sentence for journalist over criticism of Russia’s annexation

The prosecution in Russian-occupied Crimea has demanded a three-year suspended sentence for Mykola Semena, the 67-year-old journalist on trial for expressing his opinion - and the position of international treaties which Russia remains a party to. De facto prosecutor Svetlana Petrovna Budinskaya ...

Human rights in the territory controlled by the Government of Ukraine along the delimitation line and in so-called Luhansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic

Human rights in the territory controlled by the Government of Ukraine along the delimitation line human rights on so-called Luhansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic, main problems in investigation of grave HR violation

Russia bans Crimean Tatar Football Match in Occupied Crimea, yet allowed to host 2018 World Cup

Police controlled by the country which is hosting the World Football Cup in 2018 banned young Crimean Tatars from holding a football match on September 16, and forced them to remove the Crimean Tatar flag.  The match which had already begun was not allowed to continue, and three people were taken ...

Russia’s Peacekeeping Proposal in Ukraine Is a Sham

Russia has introduced a United Nations draft resolution for peacekeepers in Ukraine amid acclaim by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and the chairman of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe

Lawyer Emil Kurbedinov & activists detained after family of tortured Crimean Tatar recognize FSB abductor

12 Crimean Tatar activists, as well as prominent lawyer Emil Kurbedinov and journalist Taras Ibragimov were detained in Simferopol on Friday after gathering with the relatives of Renat Paralamov, the father of four who was abducted and brutally tortured on September 13.  

Abducted Crimean Tatar beaten, tortured and abandoned after ‘voluntarily’ entering FSB office

It took the FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea over 24 hours to admit that Renat Paralamov had been in their offices, and then they came up with the surreal claim that he had ‘voluntarily’ returned there after being released on Wednesday afternoon. They have given no explanation for the ...

New law on judicial reform could return Ukraine to secretive court proceedings

The changes, proposed by President Poroshenko, would be a serious step backwards away from the greater court transparency achieved since Maidan

In Ukraine, Children'Book Featuring Lesbian Parents Met With Threats, Fears Of Violence

A book highlighting different types of families, including one headed by a lesbian couple, has been pulled from a large book fair in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv over fears of possible violence.

Crimean Tatar abducted after ‘search’ by masked men in Russian-occupied Crimea

Renat Paralamov has not been seen since masked men carried out what they claimed to be an ‘inspection’ of his home in Nizhnegorsk, in Russian-occupied Crimea.  Even if, as seems likely, the Russian FSB is behind this latest seizure, there is every reason to consider that their ...

Witty Protest Highlights Critical Choice for Ukraine - Supreme Court Judges or Monsters in Judge’s Robes

Ukrainian civic activists staged a clever protest action in Kyiv on September 13 in a final attempt to prevent 30 judges who received negative assessments from the Public Integrity Council from being appointed to the Supreme Court

Chiygoz Lawyer: Crimean Tatar non-violent resistance makes Russia nervous

Nikolai Polozov believes that the persecution and 8-year sentence of Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz were aimed at terrorizing the Crimean Tatars whose non-violent resistance makes Russia nervous. Their brutal repression has, however, had the opposite effect to what they hoped to achieve

Luhansk man arrested by Russia-backed militants for organizing a protest on social media

A young Luhansk resident has been taken prisoner by the Kremlin-backed militants of the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ for proposing a protest action on his VKontakte social network page

Interview: Legal Expert Says Onus On Ukraine To Justify Depriving Saakashvili Of Citizenship

RFE/RL spoke with Mark Ellis, executive director of the International Bar Association, about the issue of statelessness and what the legal arguments are on both sides of the Saakashvili case