Category Crimea

Russia’s Conveyor Belt of Repression in Occupied Crimea

There is no evidence of any terrorist activities in Crimea, yet Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and 3 other opponents of annexation are serving huge sentences for supposed terrorism, and the number of such convictions is likely to increase with the trial this week of four Crimean Muslims and an ever-increasing number of new arrests.  Nuri […]

Free Alexander Kolchenko – Ukrainian Anti-Fascist Activist

Alexander Kolchenko is a Crimean left-wing social activist and anti-fascist who is held in captivity by the Russian authorities. Along with other Crimean activists, including Ukrainian film maker Oleg Sentsov champoined by Ken Loah.  Koltchenko  has been kidnapped by the Russian FSB (ex-KGB) and is now detained as a political hostage in Lefortovo jail in Moscow.  He […]

Bitter Crimean Anniversary – Victims of Russian Annexation

Halya Coynash Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group It is exactly one year since Russian forces seized control of government buildings and airports in Crimea and organized the events leading swiftly to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. It was a year that saw murder and disappearances, Soviet-style bans and deportation, as well as persecution of all who oppose […]

Crimean Tatar leader arrested in new wave of repression

Halya Coynash  Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group UPDATE   A search by men in masks carrying machine guns began at around 7 a.m. on Friday morning, and is still underway.  The enforcement officers are reported to be not letting people in and out and behaving in an extremely aggressive manner Akhtem Chyyhoz, Deputy Head of the […]

Opponent of Russian occupation of Crimea gets 7 years

Свободу Александру Кольченко!/Free Aleksandr Kolchenko! Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia – Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko – could receive 20-year sentences Russian secret trial to convict opponents of Crimean annexation One of the four opponents of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea who was accused, together with renowned film director Oleg Sentsov and left-wing activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, of a […]

Free Putin’s Political Prisoners Seized in Crimea

A Moscow court has extended until Jan 11 2015 the pre-trial detention of renowned Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko.  Together with two other young Crimeans, they are facing ‘terrorist’ charges widely viewed as politically motivated.  Sentsov, Kolchenko, Gennady Afanasyev and Oleksy Chirny were all involved in peaceful opposition to Russia’s […]

Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and others call for release of Ukrainian director

European filmmakers are calling for the release of Oleg Sentsov, who is being detained following his protest against the Russian annexation of Crimea Some of the most highly-regarded film directors in Europe, includingPedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, Béla Tarr and Wim Wenders, have co-signed a letter to Russian authorities who are currently detaining a Ukrainian film-maker, […]