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German neo-Nazi demonstrators with a Kremlin-backed militant cause

29.08.15 | Halya Coynash
During Friday’s march in Heidenau against a new shelter for migrants, some of the German neo-Nazis carried the flag of the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’.

Why such contempt for human rights, Mr Corbyn?

28.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Public utterances by Jeremy Corbyn, frontrunner for the UK Labour Party leadership and therefore potentiallyassessment of Russia’s annexation of Crimea coincides nicely with that presented by Russian President Vladimir Putin and on Russian television and he has simply ignored grave human rights concerns under Russian occupation.

Breastfeeding mother ‘legally’ jailed for reporting Russian soldiers in Ukraine?

28.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Russia’s Prosecutor General has found no violations in the criminal prosecution and detention of mother of 7, Svetlana Davydova who was arrested in January 2015 on charges of ‘state treason’ over a telephone call to the Ukrainian embassy about Russian soldiers being sent to Donbas

Crimean Euromaidan political prisoner’s sentence ‘reduced’

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has upheld the legally absurd conviction against Euromaidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko, but reduced his sentence from 4 years 2 months to 3 years and 11 months.

Make Russia’s Sentsov & Kolchenko Trial a Warning to the Perpetrators

27.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko and Gennady Afanasyev’s courage and defiance have marred Moscow’s attempt at a Crimean show trial. It is now for Ukraine and western countries to demonstrate commitment to rule of law by ensuring proper penalties against all those who take part in Russia’s farcical prosecutions and trials of Ukrainian or other nationals

Ex-Security Service chief in custody over Euromaidan killings

Oleksandr Shcheholev, the former head of the Kyiv SBU [Security Service] has been remanded in custody for two months on charges relating to the killing of Euromaidan activists

Euromaidan activist tortured with impunity in Russian-occupied Crimea

26.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Euromaidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko has been held in detention since Feb 2015 and has been convicted of surreal charges pertaining to an alleged and unprovable offence that Russian-occupied Crimea has no jurisdiction over

Jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea for a Ukrainian flag

A young man has been jailed for 15 days for supposed breach of the peace early in the morning on Ukraine’s Independence Day when he and another young man and woman were only trying to photograph themselves with a Ukrainian flag on Mount Mitridat in the centre of Kerch.

International protest over Russia’s Stalinist-era style show trial of Sentsov and Kolchenko

“Any testimony gained through torture and other ill-treatment must be thrown out, the ‘terrorism’ charges must be withdrawn, and Oleg Sentsov and Aleksandr Kolchenko should either be released or face a fair trial in a civilian court.”

Sentsov and Kolchenko sing Ukrainian anthem as Russian ‘court’ passes expected sentences

25.08.15 | Halya Coynash
A Russian court has sentenced Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov to 20 years harsh regime prison camp, and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko to 10 years. The conviction and the sentences were anticipated, despite the lack of any crime to warrant them.

From Kremlin-armed Donbas militants to millionaire criminal bosses

25.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Russian journalist Pavel Kanygin calls them “Donbosses” – the Kremlin-backed militant leaders of the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ whose leadership of “terrorists” (his word) armed and funded from Moscow has enabled them to amass millions.

First Russian prisoner dies on hunger strike

25.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Russia has reinstated yet another Soviet tradition with the death of a prisoner on hunger strike. Sergei Kaziyev died on Aug 21, 2015 in the Nalchik SIZO, or pre-trial detention unit after three months on hunger strike

Accused of “provoking the police to use force” by waving a Ukrainian flag

24.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Spare a thought on Independence Day for those Ukrainians in Crimea for whom bringing flowers to Taras Shevchenko or waving a Ukrainian flag is once again, like in Soviet times, an act of courage.

Russian filmmakers join calls in defence of Oleg Sentsov

24.08.15 | Halya Coynash
A number of Russian filmmakers have spoken out over the trial of their Ukrainian colleague Oleg Sentsov who is facing a sentence of up to 23 years charged with non-existent ‘terrorism’. Some are notable for their continued silence

“We are faced with a threat to the very existence of the Crimean Tatar People »

Refat Chubarov, Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative assembly, has addressed an appeal to German Chancellor Angela Merkel; French President Francois Hollande and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko who are meeting in Berlin on Aug 24.

Savchenko to be tried in obscure ’military zone’ city 150 km from prison

22.08.15 | Halya Coynash
As expected, the ’court’ has refused to move the trial of Ukrainian MP and former military pilot Nadiya Savchenko to Moscow. It is to continue in Russian Donetsk, a small city without proper court facilities and meaning that Savchenko will spend 3 hours a day being transported to and from the nearest prison

Russia’s Sentsov – Kolchenko case - "an absolutely Stalinist trial"

21.08.15 | Halya Coynash
The prosecutor has demanded 23 years for Sentsov, 12 for Kolchenko in a case with no crime and where all evidence was obtained through torture. Russian human rights activist Zoya Svetova likens this to Stalinist repression, not a court trial

Racist attack on young man in Kyiv

21.08.15 | Halya Coynash
A foul racially-motivated attack has been reported against a 16-year-old young man in Kyiv with the duty police officer at the metro station nowhere to be seen

Meet Putin’s Hostages

21.08.15 | Brian Whitmore
Three hostages: Estonian police officer Eston Kohver, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, and Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko. Three people illegally abducted from their homelands and unjustly incarcerated by a rogue foreign power -- their lives uprooted and disrupted, their futures in doubt.

Gennady Afanasyev declared a political prisoner, with Sentsov & Kolchenko

20.08.15 | Halya Coynash
The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has recognized Gennady Afanasyev as a political prisoner and warned that he is in danger following his retraction of testimony against Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and activist Oleksandr Kolchenko.