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Crimean Tatar leader’s detention extended, protest prohibited

12.02.15 | Halya Coynash
Akhtem Chiygoz, deputy head of the Mejlis, or Crimean Tatar representative assembly has been remanded in custody for a further three months, and a peaceful protest against his arrest prohibited on grounds as surreal as the charges against the Crimean Tatar leader

Nadiya Savchenko’s Voice Defiant from Court of ’Clowns’

11.02.15 | Halya Coynash
Nadiya Savchenko was gaunt, but unbroken as she spoke during Tuesday’s hearing in Moscow at which the judge ‘found no grounds’ for releasing the imprisoned Ukrainian MP who has been convicted of no crime and will almost certainly die before the next court hearing if left in Russian detention.

Ukraine’s Parliament votes to dissolve notorious ‘Morality Commission’

11.02.15
The dissolution of this much discredited body is to be welcomed however it can be questioned whether this is enough to bring Ukraine into line with other European countries while the vague and unforeseeable provisions of the law on protection of public morality remain in force.

Letters From Donbas, Part 3: ’Dirt, Tears, and Blood’

11.02.15
From teachers to pensioners to families with children, residents of rebel-held towns are struggling to get on with their lives amid the chaos and uncertainty. RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service continues to publish their testimonies

“A few more days and she’ll die”: Russians join calls for Savchenko’s release

10.02.15 | Halya Coynash
On the 59th day of Nadiya Savchenko’s indefinite hunger strike, prominent Russian writers, actors and others have initiated an appeal on Novaya Gazeta for her release from custody, warning that otherwise she will soon die.

Ukrainian blogger accused of treason

10.02.15 | Halya Coynash
A court in Ivano-Frankivsk has remanded controversial blogger Ruslan Kotsaba in custody for 2 months. While journalists are among those condemning Kotsaba’s public pronouncements and actions, his detention and the charges against him – of treason and of obstructing the work of the armed forces - have met with criticism

Stop the Hybrid Information War: Ukraine’s Parliament bans Russian Films

10.02.15 | Halya Coynash
With Russia spending huge amounts of money and resources on virulent propaganda, claims of a ‘fascist junta’ in Ukraine committing atrocities, etc., Ukraine’s parliament has imposed a blanket ban which is likely to prove contentious

Activist arrested in Crimea accused of hurting Berkut officer during Kyiv’s EuroMaidan

09.02.15 | Halya Coynash
Alexander Kostenko has been remanded in custody for two months by a Crimean court on charges linked with EuroMaidan protests in Kyiv last February before Russia’s invasion of Crimea. His is the first such arrest, but judging by the Russian-installed ‘prosecutor’s’ website, unlikely to be the last

Crimean Tatar leader’s detention upheld, arrests continue

09.02.15 | Halya Coynash
Yet another Crimean Tatar has been arrested in connection with a criminal investigation by the occupation regime that indicates either legal illiteracy or truly staggering disregard for rule of law

In Memory: Mykola Plakhotnyuk

09.02.15
The death has been announced of Mykola Plakhotnyuk, former political prisoner, victim of punitive psychiatry and member of the important 1960s ‘Club for Creative Young People’. In later years Mykola Plakhotnyuk played a major role in creating a museum about the 1960s movement in Ukraine

KHPG: On the Armed Forces Headquarters initiative seriously restricting freedom of movement in connection with mobilization

07.02.15
Kharkiv Human Rights Group statement against attempts by military headquarters to require men of mobilization age to receive permission from military recruitment offices for travel outside their administrative districts

Russia needs more than just stern words on Nadiya Savchenko

06.02.15 | Halya Coynash 
Everybody knows who will decide whether Nadiya Savchenko, now on her 55th day of hunger strike, is left to die in Russian detention. The words today from the USA and PACE were blunt, but only words. Greater pressure, perhaps more punitive sanctions are obviously needed.

Russia criminalizes peaceful protest

06.02.15 | Halya Coynash
Three Russian activists, including a 75-year-old pensioner, could face 5-year prison sentences for taking part in peaceful protests following application of draconian new measures introduced in July 2014. Memorial has declared their prosecution to be unlawful and politically motivated, and warns that the latest legislative moves destroy freedom of assembly in Russia.

Russia claims Oleg Sentsov has ‘dual citizenship’, but that only Russian counts

06.02.15
Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office has been forced to acknowledge that imprisoned Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is a Ukrainian national, but is still insisting that he also has Russian citizenship. It is attempting to use the lack of an agreement with Ukraine on dual nationality to insist that ‘de jure’ Sentsov should be treated as Russian

Another Crimean Tatar arrested on surreal charges

05.02.15 | Halya Coynash
A second Crimean Tatar has apparently been arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea on charges relating to a protest on Feb 26, 2014, the day before Russian soldiers seized control

Kuban Federalization activists who face persecution in Russia denied Ukrainian asylum

05.02.15
The Ukrainian Migration Service is reported to have turned down two activists’ asylum application despite very strong grounds for believing that they could be imprisoned on falsified charges if forced to return to Russia

KHPG: labour rights infringed in prison colonies

05.02.15
Dangerous working conditions and lack of safety mechanisms; reductions in wages or even non-payment altogether were the conditions Kharkiv Human Rights Group monitors found in prison colonies in the Kharkiv, Khmelnytsky and Zhytomir oblasts

Anger and Protest over Stalin Monument in Yalta

04.02.15 | Halya Coynash
On Feb 5 a monument to three world leaders, including Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, will be unveiled in Yalta, 10 years after public opposition from Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians led to the original plans being shelved

Kremlin Proxies call Kremlin’s ’Kyiv Junta’ "Pathetic Jews"

04.02.15 | Halya Coynash
Distasteful anti-Semitism demonstrated by Kremlin-backed militant leaders in Donbas on Monday received wide but typically inadequate coverage. Frustrating since a leading researcher warns that it is among Russian right-wing radicals, especially those involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine that anti-Semitic sentiments are getting stronger, not among Ukrainian nationalists

Russian Mother of 7 accused of ‘treason’ released from custody

04.02.15
Svetlana Davydova’s lawyers believe her release may be because of the public outrage aroused by the arrest and detention on charges of ‘treason’ on behalf of Ukraine of the mother of 7 young children, the youngest of whom is only 2 months old.

  

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