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Russia’s Sentsov-Kolchenko trial in tatters: Afanasyev retracts testimony given under duress

31.07.15 | Halya Coynash
Gennady Afanasyev, one of the four opponents of Russia’s annexation of Crimea has refused to testify in the trial of Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko and stated that he gave testimony earlier under duress. The charges against the two men are effectively based solely on Afanasyev’s ‘confession’ and that of the fourth person – Oleksy Chirniy.  

Threats, bans and Soviet methods against Crimean Tatar Congress

Three prominent Crimean Tatars have been prevented from leaving Crimea to attend an important Crimean Tatar Congress which is politically embarrassing for Russia. The effective ban comes after weeks of FSB visitations, threats and attempts to use the small number of pro-regime Crimean Tatar organizations to undermine the Congress.

Savchenko Trial: ‘Fort Knox’ Security and 300 kilometres on the road

31.07.15 | Halya Coynash
The lack of a remand prison in Russian Donetsk and need for Nadiya Savchenko to travel 300 kilometres every day were known from the outset, yet it required the grotesque performance on Thursday for the court to allow the defence’s application to have the place of trial reconsidered

The Kremlin’s New Project on ’Ukraine’s political prisoners’

31.07.15 | Halya Coynash
A new project launched in Moscow in support of so-called political prisoners in Ukraine has been endorsed by a number of far-right and / or pro-Russian politicians from EU countries and Israel.. Most are also known for their involvement in ‘observing’ the so-called Crimean referendum and illegal elections organized by the Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas

Sentsov-Kolchenko Trial: “Tanks don’t make distinctions about whom they crush"

30.07.15 | Halya Coynash
In day 3 of the trial of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and left-wing civic activist Aleksandr Kolchenko, the court heard a ‘key witness’ who spoke about his collaboration with the FSB in connection with the activities of Oleksy Chirniy, but said nothing that could be incriminating against the two defendants

Crimean Tatar leader imprisoned without trial

30.07.15 | Halya Coynash
Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis has been in detention since Jan 29 and a court in Russian-occupied Crimea has just extended this term until Nov 19 despite the lack of any grounds for holding him in custody or any conceivable legal justification for criminal proceedings at all.

Russia Names US. NGO ’Undesirable’

Russian prosecutors have formally determined the activities of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to be "undesirable," paving the way for the nonprofit organization, funded by the U.S. Congress, to be outlawed on Russian territory.

Up to 10-year sentences proposed for ‘anti-Russian propaganda’

29.07.15 | Halya Coynash
According to one Russian legislator, the proposed criminal liability would cover “statements form some Russian human rights activists who openly speak of our soldiers being present in Donbas.” ’.

Outrage over plan to name police unit after victims of Euromaidan

The civic initiative Euromaidan SOS has reacted swiftly to plans by the Interior Ministry to name a law enforcement unit after Nebesna Sotnya – those killed during the Euromaidan protests.

Chief suspect in murder of journalist Veremiy reported killed

Anonymous ‘underground fighters’ in Donbas claim to have “eliminated” one of the men suspected of killing Kyiv journalist Viacheslav Veremiy

Sentsov-Kolchenko Trial. Day 2: Still looking for Right Sector

28.07.15 | Halya Coynash
Two Russian activists holding a Novorossiya flag and a sign demanding that “the fascist scum be held to answer” set the tone for the second day of the trial of Ukrainian left-wing anti-fascist activist Oleksandr Kolchenko and film director Oleg Sentsov. The witnesses for the prosecution demonstrated similar confusion as to the meaning of words like ‘Right Sector’, ‘fascist’ and ‘Nazi’ though they used them constantly.

Election watchdog criticizes authorities over flawed mid-term election

OPORA sees the main problem as being the failure of the authorities to fulfil their obligation and prevent infringements.

Communist party ban will be slammed in Strasbourg, along with original decommunization law

28.07.15 | Halya Coynash
Ukraine’s Justice Ministry has used a law likely to be condemned by the European Court of Human Rights as justification for another decision which is certain to be “struck down” by that same court

The High Price of French Collaboration

27.07.15 | Halya Coynash
In Soviet times it was Holodomor, the Terror and Gulag that many western visitors to the USSR chose not to see, this time French politicians particularly betrayed Crimean Tatars and all others suffering persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea

Conflicting exit polls and numerous infringements in mid-term elections

Election watchdogs OPORA and the Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] have reported fake journalists, titushki, or paid thugs at polling stations, and other irregularities in the mid-term election at the Chernihiv No. 205 single mandate electoral district

Activist linked to anti-corruption investigation savagely attacked

Oleksandr Kulibabchuk’s wife, Natalya Rostova is convinced that the attack is linked with her role in helping journalists from the ‘Schemy. Corruption in Detail’ programme investigate alleged corrupt dealings by the Mayor of Irpin, Volodymyr Karplyuk.

Convicted of ’hate speech’ for criticizing Russian annexation of Crimea

24.07.15 | Halya Coynash
Mustafa Yagyaev, the imam of a village mosque in Crimea, has received a 2 year suspended sentence and been prohibited from “any activity involving the circulation of information” after three colleagues claimed that he had made comments about Crimea returning to Ukraine, Russians, etc

Paid ‘Anti-Semitism’ in Lviv

24.07.15 | Halya Coynash
A fake anti-Semitic demonstration in Lviv on Wednesday was ugly and dangerous, not least because it highlighted the ease with which such stunts can be orchestrated and the inability of the authorities in a democratic country to intervene. The local media fortunately reacted with some inconvenient questions and close attention to money changing hands.

“Crimea was always ours!”

Forget hurtful words like ‘annexation’ and ‘invasion’. A new Russian legislative initiative has been proposed which would ‘remind’ people that Russia had been entitled to Crimea from the time of Catherine the Great.

Imprisoned Maidan activist’s family under attack in Russian-occupied Crimea

23.07.15 | Halya Coynash
A criminal investigation has been launched against the younger brother of Crimean political prisoner Oleksandr Kostenko over allegedly ‘insulting’ a judge. There is still no sign of Oleksandr’s father who disappeared after returning to Crimea from a press conference in Kyiv on his son’s arrest