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Kulamet Ibraimov

HRD, Journalist, member
Crimean Solidarity

Kulamet Ibraimov is a human rights defender, member of Crimean Solidarity and a civic journalist with Russian media outlet Grani.Ru who covers politically-motivated trials in Russian-occupied Crimea. The activist started filming video, doing broadcasts and media publications during one of politically motivated trials in Russia-occupied Crimea in 2019. He studied at the school of civic journalism, trainings and is now developing in the field of court journalism.

The human rights movement Crimean Solidarity was created on 9 April 2016 by the efforts of relatives of those arrested, lawyers and activists as an informal human rights organization to protect victims of repressions on ethnic, religious and political grounds in Russian-occupied Crimea.

Image © Oleksandra Surhan/Krym Realii

#Crimea General Context

Since the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, HRDs who defend the rights of Crimean Tatars or ethnic Ukrainians, and those who monitor and document violations of human rights in the peninsula that is currently governed de facto by the Russian Federation, and those who work in Luhansk and Donetsk and have refused Russian citizenship became the main targets of systemic and severe intimidation and harassment. Thus, HRDs, journalists, lawyers, and bloggers in Crimea and eastern Ukraine have been repeatedly harassed by security forces and subjected to abduction, physical attacks, home searches, surveillance, interrogation, unlawful detention, criminal prosecution, accusations of alleged terrorism and propagation of extremism, deprivation of the right to a fair trial, forced psychiatric examinations, and threats to family members. Several HRDs have been denied access to the peninsula.