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Russia intensifies reprisals against Crimean political prisoner Gennady Afanasyev

10.02.16 | Halya Coynash
Gennady Afanasyev has been moved to a ‘prison-type cell’, one of the worst forms of punishment in the Russian prison system. This is the latest of constant moves aimed at making the conditions of his imprisonment unendurable since the young Crimean retracted his testimony against Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko

Putin accused of directly ordering seizure of Debaltseve after agreed ceasefire

10.02.16 | Halya Coynash
Ruslan Leviev, Russian blogger and head of the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), is convinced that the order for the offensive on Debaltseve in Donbas was issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

What’s Behind the Resignation of Minister Abromavicius?

10.02.16 | B.A. Kalymon, O. Havrylyshyn
The resignation of Aivaras Abromavicius from the position of Minister of Economic Development and Trade is another nail in the coffin for the hopes for serious reform in Ukraine

Kremlin-backed Donbas militants threaten to execute Ukrainian prisoners

09.02.16 | Halya Coynash
A spokesperson for the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’[‘DNR’] has claimed that the militants are not holding any civilians nor anybody illegally. All those in custody, Darya Morozova asserts, are ‘under investigation’, and could be sentenced to death.

Scandalous French ‘Masks of the Revolution’ film gets Russian ‘human rights’ award

09.02.16 | Halya Coynash
If Russian involvement in the making of French filmmaker Paul Moreira’s “Masks of the Revolution’ remains in question, there can be no doubt about the Russian propaganda drive now underway. The undisputed coup comes in the ‘human rights award’ to the creators of this film about Euromaidan and other events in Ukraine over the last two years “for courage and professionalism”.

Ukrainian sentenced for civic stand after farcical trial in Russian-occupied Crimea

Volodymyr Balukh has been convicted of ‘insulting a police officer’ after a prosecution and trial that were at once comically inept, and a clear message to any Crimeans taking a civic position – and displaying a Ukrainian flag

Only Torture Rules In Russia’s Trial of Klykh & Karpyuk

08.02.16 | Halya Coynash
Russian psychiatrists have claimed that Ukrainian Stanislav Klykh is fit to stand trial and court hearings at more intensive pace are scheduled to resume on Monday Feb 8. Clear signs of extreme psychological distress have proved as irrelevant to the Russian authorities, as alibis making the trial an absurdity, faulty historical facts and strong evidence to back allegations of torture.

Ominous echoes in bomb attack on Kherson Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Local Crimean Tatar leaders believe that the grenade attack on Sunday morning is part of a general campaign by pro-Russian forces aimed at fermenting trouble in the region and points to similarities with events on the eve of Russia’s annexation of neighbouring Crimea.

Sent to Siberia for Opposing Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

08.02.16 | Halya Coynash
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko have been moved from Rostov, dashing the flickering hope that the Kremlin was already considering an exchange of the two political prisoners.

On attempts to destroy accordionist Igor Zavadsky, or four years in prison on false charges

Full text of the interview with Andriy Bryhida for the newspaper "Evening Poltava"

Unmarked Graves of Russia’s Undeclared War

05.02.16 | Halya Coynash
There are hundreds of unmarked graves in Donetsk cemeteries, most of them belonging to the Russian nationals killed in a war Russia unleashed and continues to deny any involvement in

Memorial demands that Russia return Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s hostage son to Ukraine

The Memorial Human Rights Centre notes that even against the violations of international law linked with Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the fact that Khaiser Dzhemiliev is being held in a Russian prison is unprecedented

You Pay, I Say: Website Says It Exposed Russian TV Fakery

05.02.16 | Tom Balmforth
Is Russian state television making use of paid, Russian-speaking interview subjects to paint a picture of an out-of-control migrant crisis in Germany?

Ukrainian hostage demands Russia try him for ‘war crimes’

04.02.16 | Halya Coynash
Just months after Russia’s Investigative Committee was forced to withdraw insane war crimes charges against Serhiy Litvinov and came up with a robbery charge instead, Litvinov has applied for this supposed ‘robbery’ to also be tried as a war crime. He can then be tried by a jury which will be less likely than a court to dismiss clear proof of innocence

Kremlin-backed militants prove nobody is safe in Donbas

While 60-year-old religious scholar Ihor Kozlovsky and the coordinator of a volunteer initiative Marina Cherenkova remain imprisoned by Kremlin-backed militants in Donetsk, Cherenkova’s fellow volunteers have been forcibly removed from militant-controlled territory.

Open Letter: It is Not Minister Abromavichus Who Has to Resign

Minister Abromavichus’ resignation could result in loss of legitimacy by President Poroshenko “which will put on hold the reform efforts, corruption fighting, eliminate any opportunity for the constitutional reform and Minsk-2 format, and simplify the task for the Russian government to destroy the Ukrainian state.

Ukraine’s police must not collaborate with Azov xenophobes

03.02.16 | Halya Coynash
Xenophobic statements just issued by members of the Azov Regiment can only compound mounting concern over reported collaboration between police and Azov Civic Corps activists in the Kyiv oblast, as well as plans for groups of Azov fighters to "clean the streets" of criminals

Russian occupiers come for Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s grandson

03.02.16 | Halya Coynash
Men claiming to be from the Russian Migration Service have appeared at the home near Feodosiya of Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s daughter and tried to take her son Erol Abdulzhelilov away.

Savchenko recognizes Kremlin man among her abductors

02.02.16 | Halya Coynash
Nadiya Savchenko has recognized the driver of the car in which she was taken against her will into Russia as Pavel Karpov, a Russian who allegedly represented the Kremlin’s interests in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [‘LNR’].

Putin protégé Kadyrov publicly threatens opposition leader with a sniper’s bullet

02.02.16 | Halya Coynash
Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya leader and faithful ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has posted a video on Instagram showing opposition leader Mikhail Kasyanov directly in the sights of a sniper