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German neo-Nazi demonstrators with a Kremlin-backed militant cause

29.08.15 | Halya Coynash
During Friday’s march in Heidenau against a new shelter for migrants, some of the German neo-Nazis carried the flag of the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’.
Point of view

Why such contempt for human rights, Mr Corbyn?

28.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Public utterances by Jeremy Corbyn, frontrunner for the UK Labour Party leadership and therefore potentiallyassessment of Russia’s annexation of Crimea coincides nicely with that presented by Russian President Vladimir Putin and on Russian television and he has simply ignored grave human rights concerns under Russian occupation.
News from the CIS countries

Breastfeeding mother ‘legally’ jailed for reporting Russian soldiers in Ukraine?

28.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Russia’s Prosecutor General has found no violations in the criminal prosecution and detention of mother of 7, Svetlana Davydova who was arrested in January 2015 on charges of ‘state treason’ over a telephone call to the Ukrainian embassy about Russian soldiers being sent to Donbas
The right to a fair trial

Crimean Euromaidan political prisoner’s sentence ‘reduced’

28.08.15
A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has upheld the legally absurd conviction against Euromaidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko, but reduced his sentence from 4 years 2 months to 3 years and 11 months.
News from the CIS countries

Make Russia’s Sentsov & Kolchenko Trial a Warning to the Perpetrators

27.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko and Gennady Afanasyev’s courage and defiance have marred Moscow’s attempt at a Crimean show trial. It is now for Ukraine and western countries to demonstrate commitment to rule of law by ensuring proper penalties against all those who take part in Russia’s farcical prosecutions and trials of Ukrainian or other nationals
Human Rights Violations associated with EuroMaidan, The right to life

Ex-Security Service chief in custody over Euromaidan killings

27.08.15
Oleksandr Shcheholev, the former head of the Kyiv SBU [Security Service] has been remanded in custody for two months on charges relating to the killing of Euromaidan activists
The right to a fair trial

Euromaidan activist tortured with impunity in Russian-occupied Crimea

26.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Euromaidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko has been held in detention since Feb 2015 and has been convicted of surreal charges pertaining to an alleged and unprovable offence that Russian-occupied Crimea has no jurisdiction over
The right to liberty and security

Jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea for a Ukrainian flag

26.08.15
A young man has been jailed for 15 days for supposed breach of the peace early in the morning on Ukraine’s Independence Day when he and another young man and woman were only trying to photograph themselves with a Ukrainian flag on Mount Mitridat in the centre of Kerch.
News from the CIS countries

International protest over Russia’s Stalinist-era style show trial of Sentsov and Kolchenko

26.08.15
“Any testimony gained through torture and other ill-treatment must be thrown out, the ‘terrorism’ charges must be withdrawn, and Oleg Sentsov and Aleksandr Kolchenko should either be released or face a fair trial in a civilian court.”
News from the CIS countries

Sentsov and Kolchenko sing Ukrainian anthem as Russian ‘court’ passes expected sentences

25.08.15 | Halya Coynash
A Russian court has sentenced Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov to 20 years harsh regime prison camp, and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko to 10 years. The conviction and the sentences were anticipated, despite the lack of any crime to warrant them.
Politics and human rights

From Kremlin-armed Donbas militants to millionaire criminal bosses

25.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Russian journalist Pavel Kanygin calls them “Donbosses” – the Kremlin-backed militant leaders of the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ whose leadership of “terrorists” (his word) armed and funded from Moscow has enabled them to amass millions.
News from the CIS countries

First Russian prisoner dies on hunger strike

25.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Russia has reinstated yet another Soviet tradition with the death of a prisoner on hunger strike. Sergei Kaziyev died on Aug 21, 2015 in the Nalchik SIZO, or pre-trial detention unit after three months on hunger strike
Politics and human rights

Accused of “provoking the police to use force” by waving a Ukrainian flag

24.08.15 | Halya Coynash
Spare a thought on Independence Day for those Ukrainians in Crimea for whom bringing flowers to Taras Shevchenko or waving a Ukrainian flag is once again, like in Soviet times, an act of courage.
News from the CIS countries

Russian filmmakers join calls in defence of Oleg Sentsov

24.08.15 | Halya Coynash
A number of Russian filmmakers have spoken out over the trial of their Ukrainian colleague Oleg Sentsov who is facing a sentence of up to 23 years charged with non-existent ‘terrorism’. Some are notable for their continued silence

  

Articles

Russia’s Sentsov – Kolchenko case - "an absolutely Stalinist trial"

Halya Coynash
The prosecutor has demanded 23 years for Sentsov, 12 for Kolchenko in a case with no crime and where all evidence was obtained through torture. Russian human rights activist Zoya Svetova likens this to Stalinist repression, not a court trial

‘Separatism’ in Lviv – For Money and Russian Propaganda

Halya Coynash
Western leaders putting pressure on Ukraine to accede to Russian demands and offer the so-called ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics’ autonomy would be well-advised to notice all the other parts of Ukraine which, according to Russian media, are also demanding self-rule.

New attempt to keep Nadiya Savchenko trial secret

Halya Coynash
Russia is insisting on holding the trial of captured ex-pilot Nadiya Savchenko in a Russian city bordering the area of Ukraine under Kremlin-backed militant control. There are no legitimate grounds for this move which will seriously hinder access to the trial, and could, Savchenko believes, put her mother and sister in danger

Moscow’s Kafkaesque ’Ukrainian Spy’ Cases

Halya Coynash
Two Ukrainian nationals, one elderly and in poor health, have been held in Russian detention now for almost a year on mystery spying charges. The degree of secrecy, intimidation and insistence that both men only see lawyers provided by the investigators arouse serious concern that the men’s nationality is the main ‘incriminating’ factor.

Arrest a Ukrainian – Russia’s Investigative Committee will do the rest

Halya Coynash
Serhiy Litvinov crossed the border into Russia to get treatment for an inflamed tooth, and found himself taken into a forest and tortured until he confessed to multiple crimes, allegedly ‘proving’ the Russian Investigative Committee’s accusations against Ukraine of ‘genocide of the Russian-speaking population’ and illegal warfare

The Law and Crimean Tatars held hostage in Russian-occupied Crimea

Halya Coynash
Ali Asanov has not seen his fourth child who was born in June, two months after Asanov was remanded in custody in Crimea on unprovable charges linked with a pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia has no jurisdiction

On Police Reform

Yevhen Zakharov
A brief description of the changes due to take place this year in the Ukrainian police force