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Outrage over police brutality against rights activist and journalists

30.01.15
Civic and media organizations are demanding a full investigation into the incident on Thursday night when Luhansk human rights activist and correspondent for Informator.lg.ua, Kostyantyn Reulsky was beaten after he and two journalists were stopped by traffic police officers whom they believe to have been former Berkut officers.
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Crimean Tatar leader arrested in new wave of repression

30.01.15 | Halya Coynash
The arrest of Akhtem Chyyhoz, Deputy Head of the Mejlis, on suspicion of organizing and taking part in mass disturbances is of unprecedented cynicism. There is not only video footage demonstrating his innocence, but the charges are under Russian legislation which not even Russia would claim was in force on Feb 26, 2014
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Russian woman charged with treason for reporting soldiers sent to Ukraine

30.01.15 | Halya Coynash
After months in which the Russian authorities have tried to conceal information about Russian soldiers fighting and dying in Ukraine, a Smolensk mother of seven is in detention facing charges of treason for trying to divulge this state secret.
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Russia reacts to PACE debacle with new charges against Nadiya Savchenko

30.01.15 | Halya Coynash
It had seemed like a cynical joke back in October 2014 when Russias Investigative Committee first suggested that Nadiya Savchenko could be charged with illegally crossing the border. At the end of January with Savchenko in her seventh week of hunger strike and Russia ignoring international calls for her release, the new charge is immensely cynical, and anything but funny.
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Trial in Russia imminent of Mustafa Dzhemilievs hostage son

30.01.15
Russia is continuing to flout the European Court of Human Rights by not releasing the son of veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemiliev
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Russias Duma suggests condemning West German annexation of GDR

29.01.15 | Halya Coynash
Russias State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin, who once accused Ukraine of annexing the Crimea has now instructed the parliamentary committee on international relations to examine the possibility of adopting a statement condemning the annexation of the German Democratic Republic by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1989.
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Kyiv Court allows National Banks discrimination against Crimeans

29.01.15
Human rights activists are adamant that calling Crimeans non-residents and restricting their right to bank operations in Ukrainian banks is in breach of Ukraines Constitution which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of place of residence.
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Russias invasion of Ukraine an attack on democracy

29.01.15
In its just published annual report, Freedom House cites Russias invasion of Ukraine, including the outright seizure and formal annexation of Crimea, as a prime example of the open disdain for democratic standards that coloured the words and actions of autocratic governments during the year.
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Ukrainian Students Call On Russian Counterparts To End Information War

29.01.15
Ukrainian students have released an emotional video calling on their Russian counterparts not to believe what Russias state-controlled media are saying about their country.
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Russian activists jailed for demanding Nadiya Savchenkos release

28.01.15 | Halya Coynash
On the eve of a Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [PACE] debate on whether to reinstate the Russian delegations credentials, Ukrainian MP and PACE delegate Nadiya Savchenko is on the 46th day of her hunger strike in Russian detention and a number of people in Moscow have been jailed for up to 45 days in connection with a peaceful protest demanding Savchenkos release.
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Record number of Russians positive about Joseph Stalin

28.01.15
Less than 8 years after Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly encouraged positive moves in the presentation of the countrys history, a Levada Centre opinion poll has found 52% of Russians viewing Joseph Stalin in a positive light, the highest rating for the bloody dictator since such questions were asked. Only 30% see him in a negative light.
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Armed Offensive against Independent Crimean Tatar TV Channel

27.01.15 | Halya Coynash
Mondays armed search of TV ATR was the most dramatic, but not the only offensive against the only Crimean Tatar TV channel since Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014 and appears part of mounting efforts to intimidate, silence or banish Crimean Tatars
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70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: Politicization of this place is unthinkable

27.01.15
On this 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, it will be survivors who are heard, not politicians. Around 300 former prisoners are expected to attend, and the ceremony this year centres around them. No snubs, no political scandals, simply recognition of a day when politicians should fall silent.
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Why has Nadiya Savchenko not been freed? Demand that Russia answers!

26.01.15 | Halya Coynash
How can Nadiya Savchenko, captured by Kremlin-backed militants in Ukraine, be in RUSSIAN detention? How can we believe that she will get a fair trial when the investigators and the court are ignoring an irrefutable alibi? Please help tweet these and other questions on Nadiya Savchenkos FORTY FIFTH day on hunger strike.
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Russia is Abetting War Crimes: Ratify Rome Statute Now!

26.01.15 | Halya Coynash
As of Jan 24, 2015 there are all the signs that an aggressive war is being waged against Ukraine in the understanding of international criminal law (including judgments from the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals)".
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Russia in no hurry to answer for its Soviet-type bans on Dzhemiliev and Yuksel

26.01.15
Two court hearings over appeals lodged against bans imposed since Russias annexation of Crimea on people linked with the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative assembly, have been postponed.
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Crimean Tatar rights activist deported from his native Crimea

24.01.15 | Halya Coynash
The Crimean authorities under Russian rule have deported Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist with Ukrainian citizenship, Crimean registration, but with views and a concern over human rights violations that the occupation regime clearly finds inconvenient. The message this sends any Crimean is chilling.
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Sinister Remake: Blood and POW Humiliation for the Cameras

23.01.15 | Halya Coynash
On disturbing echoes in the bus shelling and humiliating parade of Ukrainian POWs in Donetsk on Jan 22 - from the inaccurate13 passengers killed which Kremlin-backed militants and Russian media kept pushing to draw associations with Volnovakha to the remake of the shameful POW march on Independence Day, this time staged on Ukrainian Unity Day.
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Crimean librarian fined for anti-Russian books about Holodomor

23.01.15 | Halya Coynash
In the latest example of Russias dangerously broad anti-extremism legislation, the director of a Feodosiya library, now under Russian occupation, has been fined for holding books about the Ukrainian Holodomor, or manmade Famine of 1932/33
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Memorial declares Oleg Navalny a political prisoner

23.01.15
The three-year sentence passed on Oleg Navalny has been widely seen as hostage-taking and an attempt to stifle his brother leading political opposition figure Alexei Navalny. Memorials stand only strengthens this view.
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