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Russia warned it is occupying Crimea, must stop persecuting Crimean Muslims

22.07.16 | Halya Coynash
The renowned Memorial Human Rights Centre has called on Russia to release four Crimean Muslims from Sevastopol and reminded it of restrictions under international law since Crimea is occupied territory. This is of critical importance since Russia has (unwarrantedly) charged the four men now on trial and 10 other Crimeans with involvement in an organization which is totally legal in Ukraine.

Survey finds only 18% identifying with Kremlin-backed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’

22.07.16 | Halya Coynash
If the results of a recent survey can be trusted, less than one in five residents of areas under the control of the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DNR] identify themselves as ‘citizens’ of this unrecognized creation. The result is even lower than the level of support which the militants themselves inadvertently revealed, and then ‘adjusted’, but it can certainly not be dismissed as insignificant.

Hybrid Business -- The Risks in the Kremlin’s weaponization of the economy

22.07.16 | Mark Galeotti & Anna Arutunyan
"How many divisions does the pope have?" Josef Stalin was meant to have asked contemptuously. Today the question could as easily be posed: How many companies does the Kremlin have?

Pavel Sheremet: “You can’t be ready to be killed”

21.07.16 | Halya Coynash
The above words, spoken about Pavel Sheremet’s friend Boris Nemtsov are bitterly poignant, as is so much else on a dark day, when the well-known and respected 44-year-old Belarusian journalist and former prisoner of conscience has himself been murdered. He died in Kyiv almost exactly two years after leaving Russian ORT in protest at the virulent warmongering propaganda against Ukraine.

Judge who persecuted Maidan activists found to have done nothing wrong

21.07.16 | Halya Coynash
The High Council of Justice has decided that Ludmila Kozyatnik, who was directly implicated in the persecution of Euromaidan activists, should not face dismissal from her judge’s post

Denounce others or face imprisonment in Russian-occupied Crimea

20.07.16 | Halya Coynash
Russia has criminalized not denouncing people, with terrifying implications for the many politically motivated and / or fabricated criminal cases against Crimean Muslims, Crimean Tatars and any Ukrainians opposing Russia’s occupation of Crimea.

Russian revenge for Maidan extends to Crimean political prisoner’s brother

20.07.16 | Halya Coynash
Yevhen Kostenko has been fined for showing disrespect to the judge who handed down a knowingly unjust sentence against his brother and Maidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko on May 15, 2015. The latter was sentenced to over 4 years’ imprisonment for an unproven offence during Euromaidan in Kyiv over which a court under Russian law had no jurisdiction

A brief description of KHPG strategic litigations in the first half of 2016

20.07.16 | Gennadiy Tokarev
Description of cases that KHPG Strategic Litigation Center considered in the period January - June of 2016.

Ukraine’s Sentsov ’Victim of Vindictive System,’ says European Filmmaker

20.07.16 | Claire Bigg
Mike Downey, a film producer and the deputy head of the European Film Academy, spoke with RFE/RL about why Sentsov’s case remains important to people across Europe

Genuine Investigations and Prosecutions for Increasing Crimes Committed in Eastern Ukraine Urgently Needed

19.07.16 | FIDH and its partner organisation Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
Paris-Kharkiv, 19 July 2016. After a three-day seminar on documenting human rights violations held for Ukrainian lawyers and human rights defenders in Kharkiv from 4 to 6 July 2016, our organisations express their concern on the prevalent climate of impunity for crimes committed since the beginning of the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainians Beware! Avoiding Arrest in Russian-Occupied Crimea in the Face of Mounting Repression

19.07.16 | Halya Coynash
New FSB interrogations only confirm the need for the advice just issued by the Crimean Human Rights Group for Ukrainians wanting to avoid being arrested for ‘extremist’ views such as Crimea is Ukraine.

Large protest in occupied Horlivka against crippling militant ’taxes’

18.07.16 | Halya Coynash
Attempts by Kremlin-backed militants in Horlivka to milk small business owners has prompted the first mass demonstration in the city since 2014. Over a thousand people, came out in protest against the militants’ methods for extracting money, demanding a system like what they had under Ukrainian government control.

Ukraine’s legislators refuse to part with repressive Soviet-era norm

Ukraine’s MPs have failed worse tests, nonetheless the refusal to remove a norm hearkening back to Soviet times is frustrating. It is likely that many MPs could simply not be bothered to read the bill, with this potentially costing prisoners up to three years’ extra imprisonment.

Bellingcat says Russia used ‘fake evidence’ to point finger at Kyiv in downing of MH17

18.07.16 | Tom Balmforth
The Russian Defence Ministry published doctored, misdated satellite imagery to support its suggestion that Ukraine was responsible for downing of a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014, independent investigation group Bellingcat alleges in a new report.

Prayers amid Mounting Terror on Birthday of Abducted Crimean Tatar Activist

17.07.16 | Halya Coynash
17 July is the 31st birthday of Ervin Ibragimov, the Crimean Tatar activist abducted on May 24 this year from near his home. There has been no sign of him and there is nothing to indicate that the de facto authorities are making any real effort to find his abductors. That is if we assume that they were not behind his abduction

Controversial Ukrainian blogger / journalist Kotsaba freed after 18 months in prison

15.07.16 | Halya Coynash
Ruslan Kotsaba, a controversial blogger and Ukraine’s first Amnesty International prisoner of conscience in 5 years, has had his conviction and 3.5-year sentence for supposed obstruction of the Ukrainian Armed Forces quashed. He was released in the courtroom after over 18 months held in detention

UN report finds killings on both sides in Donbas, yet misses Russian soldiers

15.07.16 | Halya Coynash
While warning that there must be accountability for all killings, and pointing out that some may constitute war crimes, the UN monitors prefer to ignore substantial evidence of direct engagement by Russian military personnel in the fighting in Donbas and in shelling from military positions in Russia

From Maidan to Torture & Solitary Confinement in Russia

15.07.16 | Halya Coynash
It will soon be 2 years since Ukrainian Valentin Vyhivsky was abducted and taken by force to Moscow. After holding him incommunicado for many months, Russia first claimed that he had been collecting ‘commercial information’, then that he was ‘spying’. There was no need for plausibility or even consistency given the total secrecy and refusal to allow even the Ukrainian consul to be at the trial.

A British Foreign Secretary who excuses Russia’s invasion of Crimea?

14.07.16 | Halya Coynash
The new UK Prime Minister doubtless had her reasons for giving leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson a cabinet post. Making him Foreign Secretary, however, defies any comprehension. It is especially difficult not to view this as an affront to all those currently facing persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea given his extraordinary attempt to blame Russia’s aggression against Ukraine on the EU

Kremlin-loyal ‘observers’ arrive to rubberstamp Donbas ‘primaries’ in breach of Minsk Accord

14.07.16 | Halya Coynash
A “delegation of foreign observers from Finland and Serbia” has visited Donetsk as part of an elaborate, if farcical, attempt by the Kremlin-backed militants to bypass the commitments agreed in Minsk for holding local elections