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24.10.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Ukrainian journalist Haivoronsky jailed in occupied Crimea for failing to treat politically motivated ‘drug dependence’

Yevhen Haivoronsky, a journalist and blogger from occupied Yatla, has been jailed for 15 days after allegedly having his head banged against a police car several times during his detention | detail

24.10.2019     Freedom of expression

Ukrainian Skhemy anti-corruption journalists face search after refusing to comply with sweeping divulgence demand

A court in Kyiv has ordered that the Skhemy investigative journalist team give full access to the State Bureau of Investigations of a huge amount of information, on threat of the information being forcibly obtained if they do not comply | detail

23.10.2019     Privacy

Damning ECHR judgement puts future of Ukraine’s lustration law in question

The European Court of Human Rights has found that Ukraine violated the rights of five Ukrainians who were dismissed from their posts under the Government Cleansing (Lustration) Law because of their official posts under Yanukovych, or, in one case, in the Communist Party before 1991 | detail

22.10.2019     Freedom of expression

Donbas militants ‘sentence’ journalist Stanislav Aseyev to 15 years for ‘spying’ & ‘extremism’

The bizarre charges from a criminal code which is not recognized by any dem | detail

21.10.2019     The right to liberty and security

Pensioner jailed for 12 years in Russia on charges of telling Ukraine about military activities near the border

72-year-old Vladimir Morgunov was accused, among other things, of informing Ukraine about the deployment of military technology and men near the border with Ukraine | detail

21.10.2019     Law enforcement agencies

Key Maidan crime investigators face dismissal over principled stand

The Head of the Department of Special Investigations, Serhiy Horbatyuk and another top prosecutor investigating crimes against Euromaidan activists, Oleksiy Donsky are facing dismissal after they refused to sign an agreement to the use of anonymous denunciations not subject to official confirmation | detail

18.10.2019     The right to life

High-level sabotage of trial over savage killing of Ukrainian activist Katya Handziuk

Ihor Pavlovsky, a key suspect in the commissioned killing of Kateryna (Katya) Handziuk has for the fourth time failed to appear at his own trial.  His claim of illness is unbacked by any medical documentation, and refuted by the number of times he has allegedly been seen at public events in Odesa, yet the prosecutor on 15 October made no effort to verify the grounds for his absence. | detail

18.10.2019     The right to a fair trial

Russia reduces sentence of ‘top secret’ Ukrainian political prisoner

Russia’s Supreme Court has reduced the sentence passed on 32-year-old Ukrainian Kostyantin Davydenko from 10.5 to 7 years, after a hearing held behind closed doors | detail

17.10.2019     News from the CIS countries

Russia moves to dissolve vital human rights NGO defending political prisoners

Russia’s justice ministry has lodged an application with the Supreme Court to have the NGO ‘For Human Rights’ [«За права человека»] declared illegal and dissolved | detail

17.10.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Investigation ordered into FSB torture of witness in trial of Crimean Tatar political prisoner

A ‘pre-investigation check’ has been ordered in Russian-occupied Crimea after a ‘prosecution witness’ in the trial of Crimean Tatar political prisoner Enver Seytosmanov stated in court that FSB officers had used physical and psychological pressure to force him into giving false testimony | detail

16.10.2019     The right to a fair trial

Russia confirms huge reprisal sentences against two Ukrainians from Crimea who refused to ‘confess’

Russia’s Supreme Court ignored the lack of any convincing proof that Volodymyr Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov had been planning ‘sabotage’ charges and the clear evidence of falsification and of torture used to extract initial ‘confessions’ | detail

16.10.2019     Politics and human rights

Majority of Ukrainians against ‘special status’ for occupied Donbas

56% of Ukrainians are against the ‘special status’ for Donbas that is a pivotal element of both the Minsk Accord and the Steinmeier formula which Ukraine agreed to on 1 October 2019 | detail

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17.10.2019     Politics and human rights

A Ukrainian obituary

More than five years since the war in Donbas started, how should we remember those who have died in it? | detail

03.10.2019     Human Rights Abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea

Crimean Solidarity civic journalist gets prison sentence for reporting political trials in Russian-occupied Crimea

A Russian court has sentenced Crimean Tatar civic journalist Nariman Memedeminov to two and a half years’ imprisonment, nominally for three innocuous YouTube videos, though in fact for reporting on political repression in occupied Crimea | detail

16.09.2019     Victims of political repression

Russia’s ‘persuasion’ of Ukrainian hostage: Mock executions, torture & five years of solitary confinement

One of the men who did not step off the plane from Moscow on 7 September was 36-year-old Valentin Vyhivsky, whom Russia has held in total isolation for five years after abducting him from Crimea and brutally torturing him | detail

13.09.2019     Victims of political repression

Photographing a disused aerodrome can get you jailed for 12 years in Russia if you’re Ukrainian

The oldest of the Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners is now 63 and will be 70 before he is released if Russia has its way.  Viktor Shur has been imprisoned since December 2014, after being held without access to a lawyer or his family until he had ‘confessed’ to spying charges | detail

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