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Ekho Moskvy warned over ‘extremism’ for its report on Donetsk airport siege

01.11.14 | Halya Coynash
Roskomnadzor, Russia’s censor has accused the radio station of ‘extremism’ and claims that the material on Ukrainian soldiers’ defence of Donetsk airport ‘justifies war crimes’. A second such warning could mean the station is stripped of its licence

Death Sentence with a Show of Hands

31.10.14 | Halya Coynash
The full video clip of what the Kremlin-backed militants in the Luhansk oblast call a ‘court’ has been posted on the Internet. In it two men are sentenced to death, supposedly for attempted rape and group rape, with the ‘sentence’ being passed by the audience through a show of hands.

Chief suspects in abduction of Nadiya Savchenko named

The Prosecutor’s announcement follows the news that the Ukrainian pilot abducted to Russia had recognized Ihor Plotnytsky, now leader of the self-styled Luhansk people’s republic, as one of the Kremlin-backed militants who took her hostage in mid-June

Part of Mezhyhirya returned to the State

Almost 1.8 hectares of the former State residence and grounds at Mezhyhirya illegally privatized by Viktor Yanukovych has been restored to public ownership

Crimean Tatars ignored in Ukraine’s new parliament

Members of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative-executive assembly have expressed disillusionment over the failure by Ukrainian political parties to ensure that Crimean Tatars are represented in the new Ukrainian parliament

Returning - or Silencing - the Names of Stalin’s Victims

This Day in Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression comes as Memorial, the organization that enabled us to learn the fate of our parents or grandparents is under threat of closure and the Kremlin is increasingly trying to conceal or distort the darkest days of the country’s recent history

CVU: Electoral reform must be part of any coalition agreement

The Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] stresses the need for an electoral code and properly held local elections before any decentralization can be carried out

Russia’s Right Sector Fever and its Victims

29.10.14 | Halya Coynash
Russian media response to the galling failure by Ukrainian voters to provide any indication of a descent into ‘fascism’ was predictable: they shouted louder. In the meantime at least 7 people remain in detention on absurd ‘Right Sector plot’ charges.

Savchenko: Abducted, then charged with ‘illegally crossing the border’

Russia’s Investigative Committee is planning to charge Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian pilot captured by Kremlin-backed militants and then taken by force to Russia, with “illegally crossing the border”.

Kharkiv’s authorities find themselves in no need of lustration

The Kharkiv City Council has reported that it carried out a ‘check of personnel’ in according with the Law on Cleaning up the Government and found not one single person who fell under the force of the law

Crimean Tatar activists jailed: Closed court and bizarre charges

28.10.14 | Halya Coynash
Charges on a supposed incident 6 months ago which result in three men being remanded in custody for (at least) two months are already a matter of concern. In this case, the court and prosecution have clearly not even learned their roles, with the charges and the claims of ‘Right Sector’ involvement and extremism seeming unrelated.

Significant number of ‘new’ MPs voted in Jan 16 dictatorial laws

Despite active campaigning to ensure that voters knew which MPs voted for the Jan laws aimed at crushing peaceful protest, freedom of speech and civil society in general, it is claimed that around 65 MPs who voted for them have been re-elected

One Step Closer to Real Police Reform

“For the first time in the last 17 years a conceptual normative act has been adopted on police reform, and one that was drawn up by the human rights community!”.

Nadiya Savchenko: Unbroken in Russian detention, now Ukrainian MP

27.10.14 | Halya Coynash
Although the vote count is not over, it is basically certain that Nadiya Savchenko has been elected to Ukraine’s parliament. She remains held against her will in the notorious Serbski institute with a Moscow court meeting in closed session having extended her detention until Feb 13

CVU: serious concerns over at least 2 single mandate constituencies

The Committee of Voters of Ukraine believes the elections should be declared invalid in the Kirovohrad oblast No. 102 single mandate constituency where former secretary of the Kyiv City Council Oles Dovhy is in the lead

Fighting stops vote count in Donetsk oblast

This was the first report of shelling since voting began on Sunday, however the conflict took its toll on the elections in the Donetsk oblast with only around 42% able to vote

Ukrainian voters drive off ‘carousel’ vote-riggers

Voting is underway in Ukraine and against all odds appears to be going reasonably well. Small but welcome indicators are a wonderful response from responsible voters in Dubno, the fact that the websites of the 2 main election watchdogs have not been subjected to DDoS attacks. The police are also reporting electoral irregularities, not implicated in them as they were in 2012

Dangerous war heroes on Ukraine’s political scene

24.10.14 | Halya Coynash
A number of candidates are likely to enter parliament because of their role in defending Ukraine against Russian aggression. Unfortunately there are some whose political background makes their possible victory on a wave of support for war heroes of serious concern

Crimean Tatar activist arrested

Crimean police have arrested Tahir Smedlyaev, the brother of the head of the Central Election Commission of the Qurultay, or Crimean Tatar National Congress

Crimean orphans lose chances for adoption under Russian occupation

Crimean orphans are being forced to take Russian citizenship. Many have lost the chance to be adopted or to live in a more family-pitched environment with the system of adoption built over many years being destroyed