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Russia accuses Ukraine of committing ‘genocide of Russian speakers’

01.10.14 | Halya Coynash 
Russia’s Investigative Committee [IC] has faced - and failed - many tests to its credibility over recent months, but its new ‘genocide’ case against Ukraine is probably a record-breaker

Russian investigators want Savchenko trial behind closed doors

01.10.14 | Halya Coynash 
With Nadiya Savchenko first captured by Kremlin-backed militants and forcibly taken to Russia and with no credible evidence to back the charges against her, it is not difficult to understand why the investigators would like to hide

Prosecutor implicated in scandalous release of ex-MP murderer arrested

An employee of the prosecutor’s office has been arrested on suspicion of abetting, through his failure to act, the release of former MP Viktor Lozinsky from imprisonment

Russia’s Crimean Political Prisoners to remain in detention

A Moscow court has extended until Jan 11 2015 the pre-trial detention of renowned Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. This is despite a case so full of holes as to be reminiscent of the notorious show trials of Soviet times.

Federalization as a ’Terrorist’ Act

30.09.14 | Halya Coynash 
Three Krasnodar residents who tried to hold a peaceful march in support of ‘federalization for Kuban’ have been placed on Russia’s Federal List of Terrorists and Extremists. One is presently in custody, two have fled the country.

Crimean court continues attack on Crimea Fund and Mejlis

A court in Simferopol on Monday, Sept 29, refused to unfreeze the assets and bank accounts of the NGO Crimea Fund and allowed the prosecutor’s application to remove Mustafa Dzhemiliev from the list of the Fund’s founders.

Mariupol human rights activist taken hostage

Oleksandr Kudinov, a well-known human rights activist disappeared in Donetsk on Sept 22 and is assumed to have been taken prisoner by Kremlin-backed militants

Chubarov: Crimea is descending into Terror and Fear

29.09.14 | Halya Coynash 
It is difficult not to suspect that the abduction of two young men in Crimea is part of an ongoing offensive aimed at instilling an atmosphere of terror and forcing the Crimean Tatars to leave their homeland

In Remembrance: Babyn Yar, September 1941

73 years ago, on 29 and 30 September 1941, the Nazis murdered over 33 thousand Jewish men, women and children at Babyn Yar [or Babi Yar, from the Russian], then a ravine on the outskirts of Kyiv

Journalist Oleksandr Bilokobylsky released

Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic have released Oleksandr Bilokobylsky, a Luhansk journalist captured while trying to take food and important medicine for relatives and friends in Luhansk

12 thousand displaced people still without proper winter accommodation

The overall number of people registered as internally displaced persons [IDP] comes to 330,984.

Two young Crimean Tatars abducted

At around 19.00 on Saturday evening uniformed men pushed two young Crimean Tatar men into a minivan and took them away. The police and FSB say that they were not involved

Moscow endorses offensive against Crimean Tatar Mejlis

27.09.14 | Halya Coynash 
Say that the Crimea was annexed by Russia, that the rights of Crimean Tatars, ethnic Ukrainians and others are being infringed, and you risk being labelled an ‘extremist’, prosecuted for ‘inciting inter-ethnic enmity’ or deported as ‘undesirable’. And most terrifyingly, you risk being ignored by western leaders who really don’t want to know.

‘Mass graves’ for Russian Propaganda

26.09.14 | Halya Coynash 
Russia’s foreign ministry, together with the Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas and Russian media have begun a ‘mass grave’ and Ukrainian ‘war crimes’ campaign, distorting or wildly embellishing an inconvenient OSCE report about the same graves

Bakhchysarai Mejlis faces eviction after mysterious court hearing

A week after the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People was first subjected to an 11-hour search and then evicted, the Mejlis in Bakhchysarai are also facing eviction. Neither the Mejlis nor the NGO which leases them the building were informed of the supposed court hearing.

Dmytro Potekhin released

President Poroshenko has announced that the well-known journalist, blogger and civic activist has been released after being seized by Kremlin-backed militants on Aug 7. At least 6 other journalists and civic activists are among the militants’ hostages

Lawlessness in eastern Ukraine

26.09.14 | www.dw.de
People are living in fear in the areas of eastern Ukraine under pro-Russian separatist control. Human rights activists have sounded the alarm amid reports of widespread physical abuse and arbitrary punishment.

Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR accused of ‘extremism’

It is clear from the accusations made that once again any suggestion that the Russian occupation authorities are harassing Crimean Tatars or infringing their rights will be termed ‘extremism’.

Nadiya Savchenko to face forced Serbsky Institute ’psychiatric examination’

Russian investigators have confirmed that, as feared, Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian officer captured by Kremlin-backed militants and now in Russian detention, is to be subjected to a so-called psychiatric assessment at the notorious Serbsky Institute in Moscow.

Kyiv-Mohyla Academy lecturer savagely beaten

Vasyl Cherepanyn, head of the Visual Culture Research Centre and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy lecturer was set upon by thugs in paramilitary camouflage gear almost certainly from a far-right organization and badly injured