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Law enforcement agencies

Journalists probing Security Service luxury cars detained and manhandled

Two investigative journalists from the anti-corruption programme Skhemy: Corruption in Detail were accosted on Friday morning, Oct 2 outside Ukraine’s SBU or Security Service and told to confess to being spies.
News from the CIS countries

Russian Blind Society Journalist Sacked for calling Crimean annexation illegal

Oleg Shevkun lost his post as Chief Editor of the Russian Blind Society’s Internet radio service after honestly criticizing Russia’s forced annexation of Crimea. He is one of an ever-increasing number of Crimeans and Russians who have faced dismissal or prosecution for stating the undeniable truth that Russia is in breach of international law
News from the CIS countries

Savchenko returned if Ukraine ‘recognizes’ a predetermined sentence

02.10.15 | Halya Coynash
Agreement, as now suggested, to ‘extradition’ if Ukraine accepted the Russian court’s verdict could have serious implications for applications to the European Court of Human Rights whose findings in this gross case are otherwise entirely foreseeable
News from the CIS countries

24-year sentence in Russia’s ‘Ukrainian Chechnya fighter’ show trial

02.10.15 | Halya Coynash
Mystery Ukrainian Alexander Malofeyev has been sentenced to 24.5 years maximum security prison, after ‘confessing’ and claiming that he fought in Chechnya together with Russia’s Ukrainian prisoners Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh, as well as Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk and other prominent Ukrainians.
Interethnic relations

Anti-Semitism is no vote-winner even for Ukraine’s far-right

02.10.15 | Halya Coynash
Even the most notorious neo-Nazi in Ukraine’s parliament recently denied having previously made white supremacist and anti-Semitic utterances – among the reasons why Viacheslav Likhachev, head of the National Minority Rights Monitoring Group and leading researcher in the field, expresses ‘cautious optimism’ about the situation with anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Ukraine.
News from the CIS countries

Nadiya Savchenko: “You can call me the artillery spotter”

30.09.15 | Halya Coynash
The hearing on Sept 29 in the trial of Nadiya Savchenko confirmed the degree to which prosecution and the court are working in unison  and indicated the courage shown by Nadiya Savchenko in captivity which has probably resulted in this universally condemned judicial travesty
Politics and human rights

Trial begins in Ukraine of captured Russian military intelligence officers

There has been talk of the men being part of an exchange and it is probably no accident that the preliminary hearing into the charges against the two Russian intelligence officers Aleksander Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev coincided with the resumption of the universally condemned trial of Nadiya Savchenko.
The right to liberty and security

Evangelical pastor taken hostage by Kremlin-backed militants

Taras Sen, Pastor of the Church of the Christian Evangelical Faith in Sverdlovsk, was seized by militants from the so-called Luhansk people’s republic on Sept 27
We remember

Babi Yar and Remembrance beyond the Anniversary

Flowers will be laid at the Menorah at Babi Yar on Sept 29 in memory of the nearly 34 thousand Jewish men, women and children murdered in 1941. In honour of those same victims, it is surely time that the authorities take proper measures to safeguard this poignant memorial from foul attack.
The right to a fair trial

Sinister new trial of Maidan activist in Russian-occupied Crimea

29.09.15 | Halya Coynash
Natalya Poklonskaya, de facto prosecutor in Russian-occupied Crimea believes the 20- and 10-year sentences passed on political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko should have been “much tougher” and informs of three other cynically lawless trials about to begin
Deported peoples

Crimean Tatar leaders all face imprisonment under Russian occupation

29.09.15 | Halya Coynash
One Crimean Tatar leader is currently imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea, but his fate could be shared by all others, as well as any Ukrainian national opposing Russia’s annexation, according to the argument put by Natalya Poklonskaya, the occupation regime’s de facto prosecutor.
Human rights protection

Veteran Russian Activist Wins Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has awarded its annual Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to veteran Russian activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva.
Politics and human rights

Why are the Kremlin’s Proxies in Donbas provoking a Humanitarian Catastrophe?

28.09.15 | Halya Coynash
The militants’ current anti-Western line and their decision to drive international organizations out of militant-controlled areas will certainly reduce interference in the pseudo-elections that both so-called ‘people’s republics’ have announced. Such behaviour must, however, make it even less likely that western countries would accept ‘elections’ which are so flagrantly in breach of the Minsk Accord.
Politics and human rights

Russia targets Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s hostage son in revenge for Crimea Blockade

28.09.15 | Halya Coynash
Khaiser Dzhemiliev, the son of exiled Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemiliev, has been moved to a distant prison colony in the Astrakhan region of Russia
Freedom of movement

Stupid obstacles to foreigners entering Crimea dropped, other problems remain

On Sept. 24, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers adopted important amendments on entering and leaving areas under occupation with direct impact for foreign journalists and human rights activists, as well as members of international NGOs.



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