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Police officer accused of involvement in racist attack on football fans

26.11.15 | Halya Coynash
Compelled by police inaction and misleading information presented to the President regarding a shocking racist attack on black football fans in Kyiv, journalists have carried out their own investigation which implicates a police officer and parliamentary aide and members of the Azov Civic Corps

Crimean Ukrainian Activist Detained on Border, Threatened with Ban

Veldar Shukurdzhiyev, a member of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, has again faced harassment, this time from Russian border guards and FSB officers as he tried to return to Crimea from mainland Ukraine

Wish Crimean Political Prisoner Sasha Kolchenko Happy Birthday!

It is Oleksandr Kolchenko’s BIRTHDAY on Nov 26. It is bleak spending your birthday in Russian captivity facing a monstrous sentence on trumped up charges. Please send him birthday greetings and sign the petition demanding his release and that of Oleg Sentsov and Gennady Afanasyev!

Important media privatization bill adopted

Ukraine’s parliament has passed a law which prohibits state bodies and bodies of local self-government owning printed media. This is an important and belated step towards media independence since media owned by the authorities have traditionally placed enormous pressure on editorial teams to report events as suits those in power.

Sentsov & Kolchenko Appeal Rejected in Predictably Farcical Court Hearing

25.11.15 | Halya Coynash
A military panel of Russia’s Supreme Court has taken just hours to ‘examine’ and reject the appeal lodged by Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. Sentsov is facing a 20-year sentence, Kolchenko 10 years after a trial described as “absolutely Stalinist” and “ideologically motivated state terror”

More evidence that captured Russians were military intelligence officers

25.11.15 | Halya Coynash
The court hearing on Nov 23 in the trial of two Russians captured in May 2015 in eastern Ukraine demonstrated yet again what an uphill battle the men’s defence lawyers will have to convince anybody that their clients, Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Aleksandr Aleksandrov, were not active Russian military intelligence officers [GRU].

A German – Russian Donbas ‘Humanitarian’ Con

24.11.15 | Halya Coynash
The ‘social disorientation’ which the Kremlin’s proxies in Donbas claimed they were seeking to prevent by expelling western aid organizations recently is clearly ideological. It is Russia, and German MPs faithfully parroting Kremlin propaganda, that are presented as tackling the mounting humanitarian crisis caused by Russia’s hybrid warfare.

Nadiya Savchenko’s book confiscated on border as ‘suspicious literature’

24.11.15 | Halya Coynash
Vera Savchenko has reported that Russian customs officials removed 24 copies of Nadiya Savchenko’s book ‘It’s a Strong Name, Hope’. The officials initially reacted that the books were ‘extremist’ literature, then opted for ‘suspicious’.

Ukraine Suspends Cargo Traffic To Crimea Amid Blackout

Ukraine has temporarily suspended cargo traffic to the Crimean Peninsula as the territory illegally annexed by Russia continues to deal with a power blackout after electricity pylons were destroyed by explosions over the weekend.

Dzhemiliev: Free Political Prisoners & Restore Rights if You Want Power Back

23.11.15 | Halya Coynash
Russia must free Crimean political prisoners, if it wants electricity supplies from mainland Ukraine restored, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev has stated, listing other demands linked with rights violations since Russian invaded and occupied Crimea

Imprisoned Crimean Tatar Leader: This is Terror against my People

23.11.15 | Halya Coynash
Since the case underway in Russian-occupied Crimea is in breach of Russian law, the prosecution has opted for an easier option: detention without trial. Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz was first arrested on Jan 29, 2015, and a court in Simferopol has just extended his detention until Jan 29, 2016. The same court extended the detention of two other Crimean Tatars – Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhy – for three months

Crimea without Power: Where Now?

22.11.15 | Halya Coynash
As of early Sunday morning Crimea appears to be without power after explosions destroyed previously damaged electricity pylons. The development comes after a day of confrontation between activists and the National Guard, and raises some very worrying questions

Russia’s Ideologically Motivated State Terror and Its Ukrainian Victims

20.11.15 | Halya Coynash
Russia’s Supreme Court is due on Nov 24 to hear appeals against the 20- and 10-year sentences passed on two Ukrainians – renowned filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. The same court has already refused to reconsider the 7-year sentence passed on Gennady Afanasyev, the third of four Ukrainians who opposed Russia’s annexation of Crimea and were tried as ‘terrorists’

Memorial exposes Russia’s cynical con in trial of ‘Ukrainian nationalists’

20.11.15 | Halya Coynash
Having obtained harrowing confessions from Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh of horrific acts of torture and murder of Russian soldiers, Russia’s investigators did not charge them with these crimes. Not because they forgot them. Quite the contrary: the alleged crimes are described in horrific detail numerous times in the indictment, will be read out in court, yet do not form part of the charges.

Ludmila Alekseeva calls the accusations against Memorial Human Rights Centre madness

Memorial does the work that Russia’s post-Soviet authorities should, but do not, do. I’m talking about the preservation of the memory of the real, tragic history of the Soviet period, about the millions of people who were shot to death and suffered in the camps, those who died as a result of the repressions and injustice

Savchenko’s Kremlin-backed militant captor allowed to give testimony in secret

19.11.15 | Halya Coynash
Militant leader Igor Plotnytsky has given testimony in Russia’s imitation trial of Nadiya Savchenko, but what he said was allowed to be top secret, and the defence have been threatened with criminal prosecution for tweeting a few details and photo

3-year sentence for critic of Putin & Crimean annexation upheld

19.11.15 | Halya Coynash
Condemnation of Russia’s annexation of Crimea really can get you a lengthy term of imprisonment. A Russian Federation court has confirmed the 3-year sentence passed on Rafis Kashapov for material posted on the social network VKontakte in which he criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Parsing Putin: Russia Sends Signals To The West In Statement On Jet Attack

19.11.15 | Steve Gutterman
Putin’s tough but tightly scripted talk was meant to warn militants worldwide and reassure Russians that they are being protected, but his statement also contained several messages to the West -- some coded, some clear as a bell. The main message: Fight terror together, on our terms, or step aside.

On Russia’s selective ’retribution’ for acts of terrorism

18.11.15 | Halya Coynash
Andrei Lugovoi, Russian State Duma Deputy and the UK’s chief suspect in the killing through radioactive polonium of Kremlin whistle-blower Alexander Litvinenko has promised “inevitable retribution” for the terrorists who blew up Russian A321 and blamed “European tolerance” allowing “a flow of migrants” into Europe for the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov 13.

Yevhen Zakharov: The Prosecutor’s office is not carrying out its oversight duties in penitentiary institutions

The third anniversary is approaching of the entry into force of the new version of the Criminal Procedure Code [CPC]. However some experts say that officials working on crimes have still not adapted to the demands of the document, and there remain numerous infringements of the rights of parties to the proceedings in their actions. Is this the case?