political prisoners

“Unpunished evil grows”: Human Rights Center ZMINA calls for new mechanism to free Crimean political prisoners
News - 24 July 2024

“Unpunished evil grows”: Human Rights Center ZMINA calls for new mechanism to free Crimean political prisoners

To advocate for personal sanctions, ZMINA is also gathering information about Russian officials involved in the illegal persecution of Crimean residents, including FSB officials and illegal 'judges' who have made unlawful decisions

Ten years of occupation of Crimea: memories of Crimean journalists on how it began
Articles - 18 April 2024

Ten years of occupation of Crimea: memories of Crimean journalists on how it began

The event participants also watched the documentary by the reporter’s team of Crimea.Realities titled “The first pro-Ukrainian action in Simferopol after the Russian troops’ arrival: risk, “traitors of Crimea,” and abduction”

Kremlin Prisoners: How to Write a Letter to a Political Prisoner
Instructions - 19 February 2024

Kremlin Prisoners: How to Write a Letter to a Political Prisoner

Since the outbreak of a full-scale war, Russia has ramped up its repression against Ukrainian citizens. Russian authorities are continuing to illegally detain Ukrainians and file politically motivated charges against them in order to get Ukraine to make concessions.

Silent suffering: Crimean human rights defenders and a humanitarian volunteer from Kherson deprived of adequate medical care in Russian captivity
News - 15 December 2023

Silent suffering: Crimean human rights defenders and a humanitarian volunteer from Kherson deprived of adequate medical care in Russian captivity

Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Watch and Physicians for Human Rights strongly condemn the denial of adequate medical care to human rights defenders in captivity in Russia

Russia persecutes at least 25 Crimean residents for their faith as Jehovah’s Witnesses
News - 12 December 2023

Russia persecutes at least 25 Crimean residents for their faith as Jehovah’s Witnesses

As reported by “Jehovah’s Witnesses”, at least 25 Crimean residents have been persecuted for their faith. Six of them have been serving sentences in the penal colonies

Reclaiming Crimea: the path to restoration and unity
Columns - 24 October 2023

Reclaiming Crimea: the path to restoration and unity

All foreigners or stateless persons who have settled in the occupied Crimea and other temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine have deliberately committed a crime and must immediately leave Crimea, Refat Chubarov says

Over the past two years, 10 mass detentions of Crimean Tatars registered in Crimea
News - 30 August 2023

Over the past two years, 10 mass detentions of Crimean Tatars registered in Crimea

Since the beginning of 2021, at least 10 mass detentions have occurred in the temporarily occupied Crimea. Most incidents occurred near the buildings of Russia’s government institutions

Political prisoner Rustem Seytmemetov’s health deteriorates
News - 23 August 2023

Political prisoner Rustem Seytmemetov’s health deteriorates

Political prisoner Rustem Seytmemetov’s eyesight has fallen, his blood pressure is constantly jumping, and his legs swell due to the hot weather – because of this, he has to take medication all the time. This update was reported by Crimean Solidarity, a prominent human rights initiative that focused on the rights of Crimean Tatars and […]

Crimean political prisoner Dmytro Shtyblikov is kept isolated
News - 08 August 2023

Crimean political prisoner Dmytro Shtyblikov is kept isolated

The health of Ukrainian political prisoner Dmytro Shtyblikov, who was convicted of “high treason” by Russia for the second time, is deteriorating. Russian occupying forces keep him in a complete information vacuum. The Association of Relatives of Kremlin’s Political Prisoners, a Ukrainian non-profit organization that supports family members of political prisoners held by Russia, reports […]

Russian occupying forces in Crimea detained 66 Crimean Tatars since January 2023
News - 26 July 2023

Russian occupying forces in Crimea detained 66 Crimean Tatars since January 2023

Crimean human rights activists recorded 140 cases of arrests on the peninsula, 93 of which were against members of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people. There were also 37 searches, 29 of them in the homes of Crimean Tatars

Gafarov-Shyring list: how Russia is killing political prisoners in Crimea
Articles - 18 July 2023

Gafarov-Shyring list: how Russia is killing political prisoners in Crimea

Tetyana Pechonchyk emphasized the importance of publicizing information about political prisoners. In her opinion, it is essential to tell the stories of illegally imprisoned Ukrainian citizens, spread them on social media and abroad, put pressure on Russia, initiate new resolutions of the European Parliament, and raise issues at the level of the OSCE and UN bodies so that Ukrainian citizens, political prisoners at risk with complex diseases, are released first and unconditionally

Political prisoner Server Mustafayev shares about poor conditions in Russian prison and lack of medical aid
News - 18 July 2023

Political prisoner Server Mustafayev shares about poor conditions in Russian prison and lack of medical aid

Maye Mustafayeva and her and Server’s children, eight-year-old Yusuf and five-year-old Naji visited the political prisoner in Tambov prison. The family was allowed to come for an extended three-day visit from July 3 to 6

Health condition of a Crimean political prisoner Volodymyr Dudka deteriorates
News - 06 July 2023

Health condition of a Crimean political prisoner Volodymyr Dudka deteriorates

The health condition of the Crimean political prisoner Volodymyr Dudka is deteriorating. Russian occupying forces do not provide him with medical care, according to Ilya Dudka, the son of Volodymyr Dudka. Ilya shared this news with the Association of Political Prisoners of the Kremlin, a Ukrainian non-profit organization that supports family members of political prisoners held […]

A letter from unfreedom. Read a message from Bogdan Ziza, an artist and a Crimean political prisoner
Columns - 22 June 2023

A letter from unfreedom. Read a message from Bogdan Ziza, an artist and a Crimean political prisoner

The artist and Kremlin political prisoner Bogdan Ziza received 15 years of imprisonment by a Russian court for splashing a door of the municipality with blue and yellow paint in Yevpatoria, a city in the Western part of occupied Crimea. On June 10, he began a hunger strike. ZMINA received a letter from Bogdan Ziza […]

European human rights court will review a complaint on the illegal detention of a Crimean journalist Iryna Danylovych
News - 21 June 2023

European human rights court will review a complaint on the illegal detention of a Crimean journalist Iryna Danylovych

The European Court of Human Rights took into consideration a complaint submitted by lawyers this January from a Ukrainian human rights group Crimea SOS about the illegal detention and persecution by Russian occupying authorities of a civic journalist Iryna Danylovych from Feodosiya in the Eastern part of the Crimean peninsula. In late April of last […]

Over 30 citizens of Ukraine are persecuted for participation in the Noman Çelebicihan Crimean Tatar Volunteer Battalion
Articles - 10 March 2023

Over 30 citizens of Ukraine are persecuted for participation in the Noman Çelebicihan Crimean Tatar Volunteer Battalion

ZMINA discusses below one form of political persecution in the temporarily occupied territories, which includes cases related to the Noman Çelebicihan Crimean Tatar Volunteer Battalion

In Crimea a new criminal case was opened against Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh
News - 29 August 2017

In Crimea a new criminal case was opened against Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh

Head of the Rozdolnensky isolator filed a complaint

“Crimean saboteur” Zakhtiy could have admitted his guilt under tortures – human rights defender
News - 13 July 2017

“Crimean saboteur” Zakhtiy could have admitted his guilt under tortures – human rights defender

This is not the first such case in the practice of Russian investigation against Ukrainian political prisoners