In early 2014, Russian forces invaded the autonomous Ukrainian region of Crimea and quickly annexed it to the Russian Federation through a referendum that was widely condemned for violating international law. The occupation government severely limits political and civil rights, has silenced independent media, and employs antiterrorism and other laws against political dissidents. Many Ukrainians have been deported from or otherwise compelled to leave Crimea. Members of the indigenous Crimean Tatar minority, many of whom continue to vocally oppose the Russian occupation, have faced acute repression by the authorities.
Freedom in the World — Crimea Territory Report
Crimea is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
News & Perspectives on Crimea
NEW REPORT: Freedom in Eurasia Deteriorated in 2022
March 9, 2023
Crimea: Release Journalist Vladyslav Yesypenko
March 29, 2021
Crimea: Despite Release of Journalist, Russian Authorities Maintain Chokehold on Media
February 2, 2020
Russia: Crimean Blogger Sentenced on False Charges Must Be Released
October 2, 2019
Crimea: Arrests Aimed at Silencing and Marginalizing Crimean Tatars Should Be Investigated
March 27, 2019
Crimea: Release Leading Attorney Detained on Trumped-Up Charges
December 6, 2018
* Indicates a territory as opposed to an independent country.