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Blistering Criticism & Stark Warning 2 Years after Odesa 2 May Tragedy

01.05.16 | Halya Coynash
Members of a civic initiative investigating the tragic disturbances and fire on 2 May 2014 have blasted Ukraine’s law enforcement bodies and leadership over the failed investigation and warn that the situation now is even more dangerous now because of politicians who, for their own political ends, are seeking to destabilize the situation

No end in sight to Russia’s revenge against imprisoned Maidan activist

29.04.16 | Halya Coynash
While Russian-occupied Crimea is looking set to convict another former Euromaidan activist of invented crimes over which it has no jurisdiction, efforts are continuing to secure the early release of Oleksandr Kostenko, the Ukrainian now serving a politically-motivated sentence in Russia over events in Kyiv before annexation.

Suspected Euromaidan crimes no impediment for current Ukrainian police job

29.04.16 | Halya Coynash
Anton Zazymko, who is facing serious charges over an attack by Berkut officers on Euromaidan activists, has held onto a renamed, but similar post in a National Police special forces regiment. In a move viewed with anger by lawyers representing Maidan victims, the Kyiv Court of Appeal upheld the original rejection of the application for his suspension

Russian nationalists attack event for high-school history students

Russian nationalists attacked attendees of an awards ceremony for high school history students in Moscow on April 28, spraying them with a green antiseptic liquid and hurling eggs at them for what the activists called a foreign-sponsored attempt to rewrite Russia’s history.

Facts & Defence Denied in Russia’s Trial of Tortured Ukrainians

28.04.16 | Halya Coynash
The court in Chechnya trying two Ukrainians on absurd and historically inaccurate facts has suddenly foisted ‘extra lawyers’ on the two men. This is against the will of Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh, was not agreed with their lawyers and comes as the trial is coming to an end.

Two Years Later, Kremlin’s Lethal Lies about Odesa Fire Still Motivate Donbas Recruits

28.04.16 | Halya Coynash
48 people lost their lives in the Odesa disturbances and fire on May 2, 2014. How many people have since been killed because of Russia’s use of deliberate lies about the events for warmongering in Donbas can never be known. What is clear, however, is that the number is increasing with no end to the toxic propaganda in sight.

Magnitsky family condemns lies in film at European Parliament about Sergei Magnitsky

Sergei Magnitsky’s widow and mother have condemned the Green Party in the Euro¬pean Par¬lia¬ment for showing a new false, offen¬sive and defam¬a¬tory film by Russ¬ian film¬maker Andrei Nekrasov about their mur¬dered hus¬band and son

Concern extends beyond Ukraine over suspect measures against journalist Savik Shuster

27.04.16 | Halya Coynash
A journalist whose flight to Ukraine from freedom of speech restraints in Russia was widely publicized 11 years ago has suddenly been denied a work permit in Ukraine, and on highly questionable grounds. Who is behind this move is unclear, but nobody seriously believes the pretext given for the move, and that already does Ukraine’s reputation no good.

Russia bans Mejlis, declares war on Crimean Tatar people while the West watches

27.04.16 | Halya Coynash
A Crimean court has formally completed its criminalization of the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatar people. There have been no serious threats of sanctions or other measures from European structures and western countries although this is a direct attack on the main indigenous people of Crimea

From Concealment to Half-Truth about the Chornobyl Disaster

26.04.16 | Halya Coynash
With so much media attention now, it is hard to imagine the terrible silence & dearth of information in 1986, when virtually nothing was reported, and no advice given on fundamental safety measures and when communist officials, who had evacuated their own children, sent others onto the street for May Day ‘celebrations’

Why are Putin’s Enemies held in Ukrainian Prisons?

26.04.16 | Halya Coynash
If Ukraine’s SBU has evidence that Olga Sheveleva, Anastasia Leonova and Pavel Pyatakov were working for Russia’s FSB, they have not revealed it. Yet they are being held in detention on the ludicrous grounds that they could flee to Russia, where each can expect arrest for their opposition to the Putin regime and support for Ukraine

BBC Accuses British, Russian Media of Skewing MH17 Reporting

26.04.16 | Carl Schreck
The BBC has issued a rare defense of an upcoming documentary about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, accusing British media of distorting its report about a tragedy that killed 298 passengers and crew in July 2014.

More reprisals against Tatar leader jailed for criticizing Russian occupation of Crimea

25.04.16 | Halya Coynash
Rafis Kashapov, the Russian Tatar activist serving a 3-year sentence for criticism on social networks of Russia’s invasion and occupation of Crimea is being moved to the worst form of cell-like imprisonment, with no indication of any time limit

Kyiv court quashes famous accordionist’s rigged sentence yet refuses to release him

25.04.16 | Halya Coynash
After 4 years imprisoned on fabricated sex-crime charges, Ihor Zavadsky should have been released after the court finally threw out a gravely flawed conviction and 13-year-sentence

Why Has a Former Soviet Dissident Gone on Hunger-Strike in Britain?

25.04.16 | Masha Karp
My British friends are puzzled: why should one weaken oneself? Why jeopardize one’s already very poor health? Can’t things be resolved in court? No, says Vladimir Bukovsky, a man of outstanding courage and integrity, who has devoted his life to the struggle with the Soviet regime

New Russian Ombudsperson sees no political prisoners in Russia, only ‘extremists’

24.04.16 | Halya Coynash
The Chief of Russia’s Investigative Committee has proposed criminalizing ‘denial’ of the fake ‘Crimea referendum’, and the country’s new Human Rights Ombudsperson plans to fight attempts by the West to ‘use’ human rights as a weapon “to destabilize Russia”’

Russia sentences Ukrainian hostage to 8.5 years on openly invented charges

22.04.16 | Halya Coynash
A Russian court has convicted Serhiy Lytvynov of a ‘crime’ which was only reported a year after it allegedly took place, and just after Russia’s Investigative Committee had been forced to withdraw war crimes charges which had been proven to be total fiction

2 young Crimean Tatars face 10-year sentences on fictitious ’terrorism’ charges

22.04.16 | Halya Coynash
Two young Crimean Tatars are in real danger of long prison sentences. They have committed no crime, but are alleged to be involved in Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organization which has also committed no crime, but which Russia decided to criminalize

Russia’s Constitutional Court backs selective justice

Human Rights Watch has condemned the Russian Constitutional Court’s first ruling that a binding European Court of Human Rights Judgment is ‘non-executable’.

Alarm bells ring as chief Maidan crimes investigator threatened with criminal charges

21.04.16 | Halya Coynash
Civic activists and Euromaidan victims’ lawyers have sounded the alarm about a major offensive against Serhiy Horbatyuk and his special investigative department. Several criminal investigations have been initiated against members of the department and Horbatyuk could himself be facing criminal charges for alleged ‘negligence’.