~ 20, 000 Kremlin prisoners illegally detained by Russia

~ 20, 000 Kremlin prisoners illegally detained by Russia

According to the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets, this is the number of civilians abducted by the Russian Federation. This estimate is based on the number of appeals from relatives of abductees received by the Commissioner.

The Media Initiative for Human Rights has identified about one hundred places where abducted civilians are held.

The Mission of the President of Ukraine in ARC confirms 182 illegally imprisoned Ukrainian citizens, 60% of whom are Qırımtatarlar.

Russian court passes illegal 'sentence' against a Qırımlı — 20 years in prison

The Russians accused Ansar Osmanov of terrorism and sentenced him to a record-breaking heavy sentence – Crimean Solidarity.

Russian security forces illegally detained Osmanov in February 2022, along with Ernes Seitosmanov. A year later, they fabricated charges against both of them of membership in a terrorist organisation. Subsequently, the court sent Seitosmanov to prison for 18 years.

In the case against Osmanov, they used audio recordings of secret wiretapping. A linguistic and religious examination found no mention of terrorism in the recordings. 

The illegally convicted Qırımlı had an active social position, attending court hearings to support other prisoners of the Kremlin.

On June 15, the 'court' in Qırım postponed the consideration of the case of prisoner Irina Danylovуch, who needs medical care 

The court was supposed to consider the appeal online; however, Danylyovych's health condition prevented this — the Crimean Process initiative.

To recap, the Russians detained Danylovych in April 2022. At the end of 2022, the "court of first instance" in the temporarily occupied Kefe (Feodosiia) sentenced her to seven years in prison, but the woman appealed. During the detention, she developed an ear disease, and her hearing deteriorated significantly. The Russians do not provide her with medical care and continue to keep her in the detention centre.

The "court" hearing was supposed to take place online. However, Danylyovych could hardly hear anything via the video link. The prisoner's father, Bronislav Danylyovych, was present at the hearing. "She was sitting in that conference room; she did not hear the questions at all; she was crying," he said.

Prisoner Volodymyr Yakymenko slit his wrists in protest against forced labour

Russians are trying to force him to work for the Russian economy, but Yakymenko continues to resist — his wife, Olena.  

To recap, Russians detained Volodymyr Yakymenko in 2017 while crossing Qirim's administrative border. Yakymenko is an activist who helped the Ukrainian military leave Qirim during the peninsula occupation. After his detention, Russians tortured him and sentenced him to 15.5 years.

On May 13, the colony authorities summoned Yakymenko. They tried to force him to work: to sew uniforms for Russian security forces and the military. Then they threatened him with torture. To prevent this, he cut his veins with a blade. 

The medical staff of the colony failed to provide qualified medical care – they only bandaged his arm. After that, the Russians sent him to a punishment cell for 25 days. They justified their actions, among other things, because the man, as a former resident of the Kherson region, refused to obtain a Russian passport.

On June 16, a Russian court repressed four residents of the temporarily occupied Qirim: they received a total of 23 years in prison 

A court in Rostov found four men guilty of allegedly preparing a terrorist attack and calling for the de-occupation of Crimea — Russian propaganda. 

In 2020, Russian security forces detained five young men. One of them turned 18 during the trial. The five knew each other because they sold foreign-branded clothing. The Russians forced one of them to defame the others, after which four were accused of allegedly preparing a terrorist attack and calling for the de-occupation of Qirim. 

The security forces also used fake witnesses for this purpose. In particular, they used a "witness", Oleksandr Pirogov, from the case of Oleh Sentsov. In 2014, Pirogov met with another defendant in the Sentsov case, Oleksii Chernii. He recorded these meetings on a hidden camera. Subsequently, Pirogov also gave Chernii a model bomb made by the FSS. These videos were used against Chernii, who slandered himself and Sentsov under torture. 

Instead, in this case, Pirogov allegedly called the FSS to report the distribution of leaflets calling for the de-occupation of Qirim. The Russians used this statement to justify the searches, during which they allegedly found leaflets and explosives and plans to use them to commit a terrorist act in the market.

The court sentenced Andrii Kuliievych to 7 years and six months in prison, Valentyn Khoroshaiev to 7 years and three months in jail, and Mykola Lahutin to 7 years in prison.

The sentence for Danylo Reshetnikov is milder, as no explosives were allegedly found at his place of residence. The court sentenced him to 2 years in prison. 

On June 16, the security forces of the temporarily occupied Qirim illegally detained a Ukrainian citizen for his posts on the social network

The Ukrainian allegedly supported the aspirations of the peoples of the North Caucasus for independence — the statements of Russian propaganda. 

The Russians claim that the resident of Aqmescit allegedly published posts on his VKontakte page in support of the Congress of Peoples of Ichkeria and Dagestan. The Chechen Republic of Ichkeria established this organisation on the eve of the Second Russian–Chechen War.

The security forces do not disclose the identity of the detainee. It is only known that the man was born in 1969.

On June 19, a Russian court began hearing the case against prisoner Yaroslav Zhuk

The court in Rostov will consider the case of Zhuk's alleged attempt to commit a terrorist attack — the Crimean Process initiative. 

To recap, on June 17, 2022, an explosion occurred near the Melitopol Industrial and Economic College. Russians blocked the passage of all cars near the scene. They also stopped the car with Yaroslav Zhuk in it. The man was taken out of the car, made to kneel and detained. After that, he was tortured and forced to record a video where he slandered himself. Subsequently, the Russians took Zhuk to the temporarily occupied Qirim, where he was accused of allegedly "international terrorism".

During the court hearing, the defence examined the protocols drawn up by Russian security forces. The report on the scene inspection contains the testimony of collaborator Olena Shapurova. However, Zhuk said that she was not at the scene. 

The trial is to continue in August.

On June 20, Russian security forces conducted an illegal search in the house of the Aliustaievs, Qırımtatarlar.

The Russians searched the Aliustaievs' home and then took the two brothers for interrogation — Crimean Solidarity. 

Russian security forces entered a house in the village of Yarke Pole, where two brothers, Dzhafer and Alim, live together. The reason for the search was a "bombing", but the security forces did not explain what kind of bombing. The Qırımtatarlar's phones were taken away.