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Crimea/Russia/Ukraine: Russian Authorities Increase Pressure on Crimean Human Rights Lawyer

January 14, 2019

Justice Ministry Calls for Emil Kurbedinov’s Expulsion from Bar Association


Few human rights lawyers are brave enough to work in Crimea these days. A recent letter from Russia’s Ministry of Justice to Crimean defense lawyer Emil Kurbedinov threatening his profession is yet another stark reminder that Russian authorities intend to keep it that way.

Last month, Kurbedinov was arrested on charges of “public distribution of extremist materials” and sentenced to five days in jail for a 2013 social media post about a meeting in Crimea of supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist political movement opposed to violence. Hizb ut-Tahrir is banned in Russia as a terrorist organization but operates legally in Ukraine. Kurbedinov had previously spent ten days in jail in 2017 after the court sentenced him on the same charges and for the very same post, but made on a different social media site.

Shortly after his release on December 25, Russia’s Justice Ministry sent Kurbedinov and the Crimean Bar Association letters requesting that Kurbedinov be expelled from the bar association by March 1 because of alleged involvement in “extremist activities.”











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Crimea/Russia/Ukraine: Risk of disbarment of human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov

January 10, 2019


On 10 January 2019, Crimean human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov received a letter from the Crimean Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation notifying him that he will be excluded from the Crimean Bar Association before 1 March 2019.

Emil Kurbedinov is an outspoken human rights lawyer in Crimea. Since the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, he has been actively involved in the defence of the rights of Crimean Tatars who became a targeted group, along with civil society activists and journalists. He provides people with legal aid, observes searches at activists’ homes and uses social media and international conferences to bring public attention to human rights violations in Crimea. Emil Kurbedinov is a recipient of the 2017 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk.

On 10 January 2019, Emil Kurbedinov received a letter (dated 18 December 2018) from the Crimean Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation notifying him that according to 1.2 (4) of Article 15 of the Federal Law “On non-commercial organisations”, a person that has been convicted of extremism cannot be a founder or a member of non-commercial organisation. Emil Kurbedinov is founder and member of Crimean Bar Association. The letter refers to two administrative convictions of Emil Kurbedinov for a  post that he published on two of his social media accounts.





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Crimea/Ukraine/Russia: 37 people were arrested for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018

January 7, 2019

37 people were arrested for political reasons in annexed Crimea in 2018. Olha Skrypnyk, the Head of “Crimean Human Rights Group” made such statement as organization reported.

“Talking about repression, 37 people were deprived of the liberty this year within the politically reasoned cases. 13 persons of them are civilians. There are the civic activists among them. For example, Server Mustafaev, Enver Bekirov, Yevhen Karakashev. 24 persons are our Ukrainian sailors, who are the prisoners of war,” she noted.

Related: UN General Assembly adopts Ukrainian resolution for human rights in Crimea

Besides, Skrypnyk added, that according to her information, the Russians opened 44 criminal cases for political reasons in Crimea last year.

The human rights activist reported that at least six people were arrested in Crimea in administrative cases. “The most well-known case out of them is the deprivation of liberty of lawyer of numerous political prisoners and Crimean Tatar advocate Emil Kurbedinov. It is an example that the pressure is still put on the lawyers in Crimea,” she said.




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Crimea/Ukraine/Russia: Crimean lawyers being threatened after situation with Kurbedinov — ombudswoman

December 10, 2018

Crimean lawyers being threatened after situation with Kurbedinov — ombudswoman

Lawyers in Russia-occupied Crimea have been receiving threats since the detention of their colleague Emil Kurbedinov, the Verkhovna Rada’s Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denysova has said.

At the same time, she voiced the belief that the fact that Kurbedinov has been arrested for five days has to do with his intentions to defend Bohdan Nebylytsia, one of the Ukrainian seamen taken prisoners of war by Russia, who happens to be the captain of the Nikopol warship that was seized by Russians on November 25.

“Following the situation with Kurbedinov, lawyers in Crimea have been receiving threats from law-enforcement bodies of the occupation authorities of Crimea,” Denysova wrote on Facebook on December 10.

As earlier reported, Russia-controlled Kyivsky district court in Simferopol (occupied Crimea) on December 7 arrested lawyer Emil Kurbedinov for a period of five days on suspicion of disseminating extremist information on the Internet.

On December 6, the occupation authorities of the Russian Federation detained in Crimea lawyer Kurbedinov who has, in particular, defended the rights of the Ukrainian naval personnel taken prisoners of war by Russia on November 25.











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Ukraine/Crimea/Russia: Russia-Imposed Authorities In Crimea Detain Prominent Lawyer

December 6, 2018

Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov (file photo)

Russia-imposed authorities in Crimea have detained a prominent lawyer, Emil Kurbedinov, his colleagues say.

Attorney Lilya Hemedzhi told RFE/RL that officers from the Russian Anti-Extremism Center detained Kurbedinov on December 6 in Simferopol in a case linked to a social media post made before Russian forces seized Crimea from Ukraine and annexed the peninsula.

Hemedzhi said Kurbedinov is accused of writing a Facebook post in 2013 that, according to investigators, carried “elements of extremism.”

Russian lawyer Nikolai Polozov said Kuberdinov’s detainment was another case of “pressure on lawyers involved in political cases in Crimea.”

Polozov also noted in a December 6 statement posted on Facebook that Kurbedinov is currently representing some of the 24 Ukrainian sailors seized by Russian special forces on November 25 along with three Ukrainian navy ships off the coast of Crimea.

“I call on the lawyers’ community, public organizations, and representatives of international organizations to immediately react to another gross violation of lawyers’ rights,” Polozov wrote.

Other clients of Kurbedinov in recent years have included defendants in Crimea charged in high-profile cases that human rights organizations and Western governments say are politically motivated.






Emil Kurbedinov, Front Line Laureate, detained over Facebook post









https://ru.krymr.com/a/krym-advokat-emil-kurbedinov-kto-on/29640893.html (русский)

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https://www.ukrinform.es/rubric-society/2595293-abogado-de-presos-politicos-de-crimea-detenido-por-extremismo-periodista.html (ESPANOL)

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RUSSIE/UKRAINE – 6 décembre 2018
Emil Kurbedinov, arrêté
L’avocat des tartares de Crimée, en Crimée occupée arrêté en vertu de la loi russe sur “l’extrémisme”
Emil Kurbedinov a été arrêté alors qu’il se rendait de son domicile à son bureau et a été transféré au ministère de l’Intérieur de la Crimée et de Sébastopol. Il est accusé d’avoir enfreint l’article 20.3 du Code administratif de la Fédération de Russie – diffusion publique sur sa page Facebook d’un symbole appartenant à une organisation «extrémiste». Il encourt jusqu’à 15 jours de prison et une amende pouvant aller jusqu’à 2 000 roubles. Il est actuellement en attente de son procès devant le tribunal de district de Kievskyi de Simferopol.

(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 06/12/18)

Crimea/Russia/Ukraine: Halya Coynash: Russia escalates attack on human rights lawyers in occupied Crimea

November 7, 2018

Russian-controlled enforcement officers burst into the offices of human rights lawyers in occupied Crimea on November 6, and handed prominent Crimean Tatar lawyer Emil Kurbedinov a ‘warning of the inadmissibility of extremism’. The surreal document was identical to that handed to two of Kurbedinov’s colleagues and a civic activist on October 27 when the officers disrupted a meeting of the Crimean Solidarity initiative. The warning could, supposedly, not be issued at that meeting since Kurbedinov was away on a work-related trip, though it is possible that this was simply a pretext for staging a second visitation.

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 09/11/18)

Russia/Crimea: Russia launches new attack on Crimean Solidarity & lawyers defending political prisoners

October 28, 2018

Russian enforcement officers have carried out a second raid on a meeting of the human rights initiative Crimean Solidarity, with the actions of the masked men this time evidently aimed at instilling fear among all those present.  Two Crimean Tatar lawyers Lilya Hemedzhy and Edem Semedlayev were issued ‘warnings’, as was civic activist Dilyar Memetov, one of the coordinators of Crimean Solidarity.  Indeed, the brazen nature of the intrusion and of the officers’ ostentatious photographing of the participants elicits concern that this was a warning to all those who demonstrate solidarity with the victims of persecution.

At the meeting in Simferopol on 27 October, officials from the de facto prosecutor’s office turned up, together with unidentified individuals in masks, who later proved to be from the so-called Centre for Countering Extremism, and some uniformed police officers.  The masked men hovered around photographing people, while the ‘prosecutor’s office’ officials accosted Hemedzhy, Semedlyaev and Memetov, who is the son of political prisoner, Remzi Memetov.

They claimed to have information about single-person pickets which the two lawyers and Memetov were organizing.  Semedlyaev has posted the ‘warning’ in his name, which he considers to be pressure on him as a lawyer.  The ‘warning’ is of the inadmissibility of infringing Russia’s law on ‘extremism’ and on protests.  It claims that the ‘prosecutor ‘has received information that Crimean Tatar activists supporting Hizb ut-Tahrir, the peaceful pan-Islamic organization which it calls ‘terrorist’ are planning “mass protests under the guise of single-person pickets” in support of people suspected of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir.





Statement against persecution of lawyers and human rights defenders in the occupied Crimea