Crimean process: observance of fair trial standards in politically motivated cases

This report presents results of the analysis performed by the team of experts of 9 politically motivated trials in Crimea that took place between 2016 and 2018.

The document contains an analysis of compliance with certain fair trial standards, examples based on observation of these trials, as well as conclusions and recommendations for the authorities of Russia and Ukraine and the international community.

Working on the report, authors used publicly available information, interviews with witnesses, case files, as well as the results of trial monitoring in Crimea conducted by the Crimean Process Initiative Group.

One of the report’s objectives was to analyze whether a judicial system created under the conditions of occupation is able to ensure efficient protection of individuals and groups from unlawful politically motivated persecution and from suppression of rights and freedoms in Crimea. 

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Authors: Sergiy Zaets, Sergiy Burov, Daria Svyrydova, Tetiana Pechonchyk, Sergey Ostaf, Maria Yasenovska