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Russia-imposed court in Crimea upholds journalist Semena’s verdict

By RFE/RL The top court in Ukraine’s Russia-controlled Crimea region has upheld a separatism conviction against journalist Mykola Semena in a case that has been criticized by media freedom advocates and Western governments. The court, which Russia calls the Supreme Court of Crimea, left the conviction and suspended 2 1/2-year sentence in place in its ruling on December 18. At the same time, it shortened — from three years to

Crimean Journalist’s Trial Resumes, Adjourned Until June 14

By RFE/RL The trial of RFE/RL contributor Mykola Semena, a Crimean journalist who is fighting what he says is a politically motivated separatism charge on the Russian-controlled peninsula, resumed on June 5 in the Crimean capital, Simferopol. Semena’s lawyer, Aleksei Popkov, told RFE/RL that materials linked to the prosecution were read out at the session on June 5. The judge then adjourned the trial until June 14. Semena faces up

Russia reinstates Soviet jamming to silence criticism of its occupation of Crimea

Russia’s censor has blocked the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre over a press conference given by the world-renowned Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev and others.  In it they called for a civil blockade until Russia released Crimean political prisoners, stopped crushing freedom of speech, etc.  Russia’s response has been to step up repression, Halya Coynash wrote for Human Rights in Ukraine. The ban on UCMC is just the latest way in

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