Participants in the protests against the new Tax Code last autumn are calling on the Verkhovna Rada to revoke several norms in the Criminal Procedure which make it possible for the police to hold people without court order for over 72 hours
There were protests on Sunday outside the Kyiv police temporary holding unit where Vitaly Gruzynov has been held for four days without a court order. He is one of 7 activists accused of damaging the granite stone on Kyiv’s Independence Square during the peaceful protest by small business owners against the new Tax Code
The many problems not addressed include the lack of clear definition of “malicious disobedience” which the police can therefore use as they choose, and the practice of avoiding formal processing of detention, leaving a person without any protection
The Constitutional Court has restricted the period a person can be held in custody without a court order to three days and stated that the police do not have the right to detain people for disobeying their orders
On Wednesday a search was carried out of the flat owned by Alexander Kovalyov, leader of the Afghanistan War Veteran NGO “Nobody Except Us”. The search comes less than a month after major protests in Kyiv and an attempt by the war veterans to storm parliament over plans to cut benefits
On 11 October journalists from the Korrespondent journal and Kommersant – Ukraine were injured by Berkut riot offices outside the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv where the verdict was being read out against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
Berkut Special Force officers are detaining the most active protesters involved in scuffles with police outside the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv where Yulia Tymoshenko, former Prime Minister, presidential candidate and leader of the largest opposition party, has just been sentenced to 7 years imprisonment
Iron fences have now been put in surrounding the Verkhovna Rada from all sides, as the website GLAVRED puts it, “securely protecting National Deputies from the people”. The latest 2-metre-high fence supposedly just appeared, with the ruling majority saying they know nothing about it
The owner of the firm ProstoPrint which came to fame recently over its production of t-shirts with the words “Thank You, Residents of Donbas”, is convinced that the law enforcement agencies have persecuted him because of ProstoPrint’s production of the t-shirts
The court ban on 22 and 23 September, supposedly because of mass protests when events by State officials were planned, was used by police to disperse a large number of small and entirely peaceful gatherings
On 15 September 2011 a protest on Independence Square in Kyiv ended in a scuffle with police. Mykhailo Kamenyev, a member of the Public Committee under the MIA, and specifically its Commission on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly was present at the event and considers that there needs to be a proper legal assessment given to what took place
The court explained its decision by saying that the notification of planned measures on those days suggested a number of participants in excess of 50 thousand, and this could lead to conflict situations and infringement of public order
After several weeks of conflict with the law enforcement bodies, Denis Oleinykov, owner of ProstoPrint which produced the T-shirts reading "Thank You, Residents of Donbas" informs that he has left Ukraine, fearing arrest.
There has been outrage over the proposal by the Kyiv City State Administration to seriously restrict peaceful assembly near State institutions. Nor have the reassuring noises from public officials regarding the official scope of the proposed changes allayed fears
A large crowd made up mainly of Afghanistan War veterans gathered outside parliament to protest against a draft law which will legalize reductions in benefits due war veterans, rescue workers whose health was seriously damaged at the site of the Chernobyl Disaster and pensioners
In recent days, the firm producing T-shirts sarcastically thanking residents of Donbas has been subjected to searches by law enforcement officials, some of its property has been confiscated, and its employees have been called in for questioning.
“You know we have the right to not like the authorities. They do not have the right to not like us. We make no secret of the fact that we don’t like this regime and we came to show that you can dislike this regime in a creative and interesting fashion”.