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Russian prosecutor demands long sentences for 4 Crimean Tatar political prisoners

26.08.16 | Halya Coynash
The ‘trial’ is ending in Rostov [Russia] of four Crimean Muslims from Sevastopol, who are accused by the Russian occupiers of involvement in an organization which is legal in Ukraine. The prosecutor has demanded sentences of from 7 to 17 years.

1 year on Sentsov & Kolchenko remain jailed & isolated, their persecutors untouched

26.08.16 | Halya Coynash
Civic activists have marked the first anniversary of the sentences passed on Crimean filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko by handing down their own verdicts on the Kremlin and the investigators, prosecutors and judges directly implicated in that show trial. Real liability, however, remains largely theoretical

Behind The Scenes In Ukraine, Ties To Putin Help Power Broker Pull Strings

26.08.16 | Christopher Miller
More than a decade ago, Viktor Medvedchuk became known as the "Gray Cardinal" because his low profile masked unparalleled clout in the halls of power in Ukraine. These days, detractors call the millionaire tycoon and backroom politician with close personal ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin: tthe Prince of Darkness.

25 years on, Russia resurrects Soviet repression, punitive psychiatry in occupied Crimea

25.08.16 | Halya Coynash
25 years since the coup which led to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has returned to the punitive psychiatry, politically motivated trials of dissidents, rights violations and virulent propaganda of Soviet times. Nowhere is this seen more dramatically than in Ukrainian Crimea, invaded and annexed in early 2014.

Putin Appoints Apologist for Stalin as Russian Education Minister

25.08.16 | Halya Coynash
Olga Vasilyeva, the new arch-conservative Russian Minister of Education is known for her highly specific position on bloody dictator Joseph Stalin and for remarks implying that the figures given for victims of Stalin’s Terror are exaggerated

Raising the Ukrainian Flag Volodymyr Rybak and Many Others Died For

24.08.16 | Halya Coynash
The 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence would have been a very special date under any circumstances. After Maidan and then Russia’s invasion, that anniversary and the Day of the Ukrainian Flag have become imbued with acute poignancy

Oleg Sentsov: I would like to be a nail in the tyrant’s coffin. This nail will not bend.

23.08.16 | Halya Coynash
Imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has written a powerful letter from Russian captivity in which he rejects attempts to free him and others at any price, saying instead to "use us as a weapon"

Russian activist persecuted for ‘Putin Mask’ seeks political asylum in Ukraine

23.08.16 | Halya Coynash
Roman Roslovtsev, the courageous Moscow activist challenging Russia’s draconian anti-protest legislation has had enough, and is planning to apply for political asylum in Ukraine.

Grave Fears for Crimean Tatar leader in Psychiatric Clinic for Saying Russia must Leave Crimea

22.08.16 | Halya Coynash
There has been a sharp deterioration in the health of 59-year-old Ilmi Umerov who has been forcibly placed in a psychiatric clinic in Russian-occupied Crimea despite the lack of any grounds for the criminal charges Russia has brought against him, or for the supposed ‘psychiatric assessment’.

Deutsche Welle is continuing to mislead the public about Russia’s Crimea land-grab

22.08.16 | Halya Coynash
Internationally recognized borders are not re-drawn by armed annexations. This is certainly understood by Germany’s leaders and it is baffling that Deutsche Welle is continuing to present a different picture

The West Has a Ukraine Challenge, and It’s Not Going Away

22.08.16 | Ariel Cohen | www.atlanticcouncil.org
The Kremlin has found that Ukraine is too big to swallow. Nonetheless, despite Russia’s international isolation, sanctions against it, decline in oil prices, and subsequent recession, the Kremlin has not changed its Ukraine agenda

Russia denies alleged ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ access to a lawyer

20.08.16 | Halya Coynash
With nothing to confirm Russia’s claims of Ukrainian ‘attacks’ in Russian-occupied Crimea except televised ‘confessions’, it is highly suspicious that the FSB are trying to prevent Yevhen Panov from seeing a proper lawyer.

76-year-old Russian on trial for peaceful protest granted asylum in Ukraine

19.08.16 | Halya Coynash
Vladimir Ionov has been granted political asylum in Ukraine, eight months after he was forced to flee likely imprisonment for peaceful protest in Russia under the draconian new anti-protest laws

Ukrainian civic activist tortured & ‘sentenced’ by Donbas Kremlin-backed militants

19.08.16 | Halya Coynash
23-year-old Volodymyr Fomichov was taken hostage by Kremlin-backed militants from the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ over 7 months ago when he tried to visit his family in Makiyivka for New Year. He has now been ‘tried’ by the militants and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.

Paul Manafort Is the Tip of the Iceberg

19.08.16 | Arch Puddington, Freedom House
Trump’s campaign chairman is under the microscope for his dealings in Ukraine, but he is part of a much larger consulting industry that serves the interests of autocrats.

KGB Echoes in Reaction to Ukrainian Bloggers’s Escape from Russian-occupied Crimea

18.08.16 | Halya Coynash
After nearly a year spent in detention on ‘extremism’ charges, Yury Ilchenko, Sevastopol teacher and blogger, was released under house arrest. Expecting no justice from a court in Russian-occupied Crimea, Ilchenko decided to flee to mainland Ukraine.

Scandalous amnesty law that could waive liability for Maidan crimes vetoed

18.08.16 | Halya Coynash
President Petro Poroshenko has used his power of veto against a draft bill which in its present form could have removed liability for crimes against Maidan activists, looters and other serious offences

Why Putin Turns the Heat Up on Ukraine Now

18.08.16 | James J. Coyle
Russian President Vladimir Putin may be preparing a new offensive in Ukraine. Russia has prepared an excuse for a military incursion to connect Crimea with rebel-held areas of the Donbas in eastern Ukraine

As its ’Ukrainian sabotage stunt’ flops, Russia menacingly claims a ’Crimean Tatar link’

17.08.16 | Halya Coynash
Although Russia’s claims that Ukraine had tried to ‘attack’ its own territory in Crimea have failed to convince anybody, the arrests are continuing. In a potentially menacing new slant, a top official in the occupation government has claimed that Ukraine is planning “new sabotage” under the guise of acts of resistance by Crimean Tatars

Russian Tatar sentenced for protesting police racism and anti-Muslim policy

17.08.16 | Halya Coynash
Shamil Kazakov was rejected for the Russian police service because he is a Tatar and Muslim. After making a video which included a taped conversation confirming such unconstitutional racism, it was he who ended up being prosecuted.