~Russia illegally detains 20,000 prisoners

~Russia illegally detains 20,000 prisoners

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. 

During the full-scale invasion, the National Police began investigating the enforced disappearance of 8800 people.

The Media Initiative for Human Rights has identified about a 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.

Kremlin's prisoner Emir-Usein Kuku was transferred to the hospital from the colony due to acute kidney pain

On June 21, Russian security forces transferred Kuku from the colony to a hospital due to an exacerbation of his illness. 

His wife, Meriem Kuku, informed Crimean Solidarity about it. 

In 2015, Russian security forces first came to Kuku's house with searches. After that, they took him for interrogation. Russians beat the Qirimli on the way, and he sustained a bruised kidney. He was not imprisoned then, but in 2016, the security forces came again to search his house. Since then, Kuku has been in captivity and has not received medical care since then. 

In 2019, a Russian court sent the Qirimli to prison for 12 years on trumped-up terrorism charges. Due to his stay in the colony, his kidney disease developed into a chronic condition.

On June 21, 2023, the Russians took the prisoner to the hospital as his health deteriorated sharply. It is currently unknown what preceded this and which hospital Kuku is in.

FSS detains two Qırımtatarlar in temporarily occupied Qirim after searches

On 22 June, Russian security forces took two residents of Novopokrovka, Dervishev and Musaiev, to Aqmescit (Simferopol). They questioned them all day and later released. 

Crimean Solidarity reported it.

"First, they searched Diliaver Dervishev's place, and then came to Bekir Musaiev's," the initiative's correspondent said. 

During the search, the Russians claimed that they were allegedly investigating a case of sabotage on the railway in the temporarily occupied Qirim. As reported, on June 11, a railway line was damaged in the İslâm Terek rayonı (Kirovsky district) of Qirim. The security forces claimed that Dervishev's car was allegedly near the scene.

Musaiev's parents felt unwell and called an ambulance.

After the search, the security forces interrogated the two Qırımtatarlar but released them at half past twelve in the morning.

Russians transfer Kremlin prisoner Shaban Umerov to Chelyabinsk

The security forces took the prisoner from Novocherkask to Chelyabinsk in a special carriage for prisoners. 

His wife Zarema reported it.

"The stories of our parents inflated these wagons, how they were deported to the Urals, Qazaqsatan, Oʻzbekiston," Umerov wrote in a letter to his wife.

Now the man is 3000 kilometres away from home. Russians are holding him in prison in Verkhneuralsk.

As a reminder, Shaban Umerov is a qırımlı who has been illegally detained by Russian security forces since 2019. In 2022, a Russian court sentenced him to 19 years on trumped-up terrorism charges. He has a heart condition, so his health could deteriorate without medical care in detention.

On June 26, Russian security forces illegally detained two residents of Yalta

The Russians detained the men and then searched their homes.

It is evidenced by a video published by Russian propaganda. 

The Russians accused the illegally detained of collaborating with the Security Service of Ukraine. The men allegedly passed on information about the socio-political situation on the temporarily occupied peninsula. 

The detainees' identities are not disclosed — it is only known that the men were born in 1980 and 1983. The security forces are currently holding them in a pre-trial detention centre.

Kremlin prisoner Bohdan Ziza ends his hunger strike; he has lost 10 kg

On June 27, the prisoner stopped his hunger strike. It is not known what his condition is.

The "We Bogdan Ziza" initiative reports it.

To recap, Bohdan Ziza is a Qirim's artist who poured yellow and blue paint on the building of the temporary occupation administration of Kezlev on 16 May 2022. The next day, he was detained by Russian security forces. After that, Ziza was beaten and forced to record five "apology" videos. The security forces used these videos to fabricate a case against Ziza. 

On June 6, a Russian court sentenced him to 15 years in prison on charges of 'terrorism'. After that, on June 10, the prisoner went on a hunger strike demanding to be deprived of his illegally issued Russian citizenship.

Between June 10 and 27, he lost 10 kilograms, as he drank only filtered tap water. During these 17 days, they kept Ziza in solitary confinement, harming his psychological condition. "Weakness is taking its toll, mostly in my arms and legs. I feel dizzy from any movement," Ziza wrote in his last letter.

It is currently unknown what is happening to the prisoner.

Russians tortured prisoner Kyrylo Baranyk with electricity

The security forces tried to force Barannyk to defame himself: they beat him, tortured him with electricity and threatened him with rape. 

He told the Graty newspaper about this. 

Barannyk is a resident of the temporarily occupied Aqmescit and a master of sports in orienteering. In 2016, he competed in an international competition under the Ukrainian flag.  

On May 30, 2023, Russians detained him in the temporarily occupied Aqmescit. During the first interrogation, he immediately admitted that he damaged the railway tracks near Poshtove. 

As a reminder, this sabotage took place on February 24. The Atesh guerrilla movement claimed responsibility for it. The security forces searched the homes of about 20 Qırımtatarlar, claiming that they were looking for those involved. 

However, the Russians started torturing him anyway, forcing him to take responsibility for other sabotage acts. They kicked him, damaged his ribs, tortured him with electric shocks, and threatened him with rape with a stick. Lawyer Oleksii Ladin confirmed that he had seen scars and injuries on Barannyk's body.

Despite the torture, the prisoner refused to admit involvement in the damage to the railway in Chystenke on May 18. Earlier, the Russians tried to force Qirimli Mambet Asan-Usta to take responsibility for this sabotage.

Human rights activists found two more prisoners in the detention centre of the temporarily occupied Aqmescit

The Crimean Human Rights Group has found that residents of Berdiansk Rastorhuiev and Kryvtsov are being held in detention centre No. 2 in Aqmescit. 

The statement of the CHRG evidences it.

The Register of Missing Persons of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine shows that Vitalii Rastorhuiev disappeared in Berdiansk on July 13, 2022. The full name of the second missing person, Kryvtsov, is unknown. He is not listed in the register.

A case is being fabricated against the men for preparing an assassination attempt against the head of the temporary occupation administration of Berdiansk.

The 'court' of the illegal armed group LPR imprisoned two prisoners of war during the week 

On June 22 and 26, the 'court' of the illegal armed group LPR imprisoned prisoners of war Yevhen Sokolov and Yevhen Kozlov. The "verdict" in both cases is 15 years in prison - the statements of the Russian security forces.

Yevhen Sokolov served in the 15th Slavic Regiment of the National Guard. He took part in the defence of Rubizhne in the Luhansk region. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Sokolov disappeared on April 16, 2022.

Yevhen Kozlov served in the 81st Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces. His unit also defended Rubizhne. On April 18, 2022, the man disappeared.

The militants accused the prisoners of war of allegedly "ill-treating civilians". To do this, they used videos in which the men slandered themselves under pressure. "The 'court' sentenced both men to 15 years in prison.