Dangerously weak Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh steps up life-threatening hunger strike in occupied Crimea
Volodymyr Balukh announced in ’court’ on 23 June that he will now be refusing absolutely all food in protest at his ongoing persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea. 47-year-old Balukh, who is looking gaunt and frail, has long complained of chest pains and there are very serious grounds for fearing for his life
Thug leader finally jailed for his role in the savage killing of Maidan journalist
Yuri Krysin has received a five-year prison sentence for his role in the fatal attack on Vesti journalist Vyacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan. The Kyiv Court of Appeal on 13 June overturned the original four-year suspended sentence that had elicited outrage both in Ukraine and abroad. .
Enforced disappearances in Ukraine and disappearances during the war conflict in the east in 2014-2018
On 17 June 2015 Ukraine joined the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, but over the past three years nothing has been done to implement the Convention in domestic law and its application practices. The absence of adequate legal qualifications of enforced disappearance in national law does not allow for the proper application of the provisions of the above-mentioned Convention.
Investigation demanded into suspicious death of young Ukrainian anti-corruption activist
Human rights activists have joined local residents of the township of Eskhar (Kharkiv oblast) in demanding a proper investigation into the death of 23-year-old activist Mykola Bychkho. Those who knew him do not believe the police conclusion that Mykola committed suicide, and suspect that his death is linked with the active role he played in fighting corruption and pollution of the local reservoir.
If Ukraine foiled a plan to kill Russian Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko, why the indignation?
The news on 30 May that Arkady Babchenko had not been killed was greeted with incredulous joy and then a wide range of reactions, some apparently lacking in any logic
Judge who let ringleader of Maidan journalist’s savage murder go free resigns to avoid dismissal
Oleh Linnyk, the judge who passed a suspended sentence on Yuri Krysin for his direct role in the savage beating and murder of journalist Vyacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan, has ceased to be a judge of the Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv, after resigning ahead of a High Council of Justice session where a call for his dismissal was scheduled to be heard.
Russia goes into propaganda drive over gunning down of Putin critic Arkady Babchenko in Kyiv
Russian Foreign Ministry and state-controlled media have begun pushing an alternative reality version of the gunning down in Kyiv of Arkady Babchenko, Russian journalist and outspoken critic of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin
Ukrainian prosecutor accused of brutal attack on Roma hate crime lawyer
Andriy Mukha, the lawyer representing victims of a fatal attack on Roma residents in Vilshany (Kharkiv oblast) has himself been badly beaten up in his office by men who, he says, were led by a local prosecutor. A criminal investigation has been launched, and though Mukha was alone at the time, the assailants did not wear masks and there appears to be CCTV video footage.
Crimean Tatar National Congress delegate seized and beaten on anniversary of Ervin Ibragimov’s abduction
Asan Egiz, delegate of the Qurultay [National Congress] of the Crimean Tatar people, was abducted on 23 May by men in police uniform. This was a chillingly brazen repeat of the abduction and disappearance exactly two years ago of another prominent Crimean Tatar Ervin Ibragimov with the only difference being that Asan Egiz was, thankfully, found, beaten, but alive.
Russia admits complicity in abduction of Crimean Tatar activist through refusal to investigate
It is two years since 31-year-old Ervin Ibragimov, member of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, was abducted by men in road patrol uniform from near his home in Bakhchysarai. Despite video footage showing the abduction, the Russian occupation regime effectively never carried out a real investigation, which has only heightened the suspicion that enforcement officers or paramilitary organizations were responsible
The day Russia lost Odesa and launched a lethal propaganda lie used to kill in Donbas
Those who find only humour in the mention by Donald Trump’s adviser of a ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ that never happened should think again. It is dangerously easy to then convince people it did happen, and there is nothing funny about stories of an invented ‘massacre’ used to send young men to die or to kill others. That is precisely what Russia launched exactly four years ago
Dangerously ill political prisoner gets limited treatment. Torture in Crimean prison continues
After concerted efforts in Crimea and publicity beyond, Crimean Tatar political prisoner Uzeir Abdullaev was moved to the SIZO [remand prison] medical unit on Monday afternoon. Initial relief that the immediate danger to Abdullaev’s life had been averted is not shared by Abdullaev’s mother. Dilyara Abdullaeva, who is herself a doctor
Critically ill Crimean Tatar political prisoner denied hospitalization
Without immediate hospitalization, Uzair Abdullaev’s life is in danger, yet the Russian-controlled SIZO prison staff in Simferopol are simply injecting him with antibiotics that only fleetingly reduce his temperature
Four violent deaths in Crimean prison where Russia is holding political prisoners
As of 19 April, there have been four unnatural deaths in the Simferopol SIZO [remand prison] in Russian-occupied Crimea. This SIZO has become notorious over the past four years for the ever-increasing number of political prisoners held there in appalling conditions,
Maidan activist arrested on suspicion of killing Berkut police on the bloodiest day of protests
Ivan Bubenchyk, the Maidan activist and veteran of the war in Donbas who was reported to have told a journalist in 2016 that he had shot and killed two Berkut special purpose police officers during Euromaidan has been arrested on suspicion of two murders and one attempted murder.
Thug leader who got suspended sentence for savage killing of Maidan journalist detained on new charges
Yuri Krysin, the head of the ‘titushky’, or hired thugs involved in killings, abductions and attacks on Euromaidan activists, has been remanded in custody on charges which could carry a 10-year sentence. The development comes three months after Krysin’s extraordinarily light four-year suspended sentence for his part in the savage beating and murder of Vesti journalist Vyacheslav Veremiy on 19 February, 2014 aroused outrage both in Ukraine and abroad
Russia refuses to investigate the abduction of prominent Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov
The supposed investigation into the abduction of Ervin Ibragimov, Crimean Tatar activist and member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars Executive Committee was abandoned in Russian-occupied Crimea without ever really being started. Given the video footage from May 24, 2016, showing Ibragimov being dragged away by men in uniform, the lies told and resistance to any real investigation look damning.
Death brought to Donetsk under a Russian Flag
Ukrainians gathered in Kyiv on March 13 to remember the first victim of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine in Donbas, and all other civilians killed during the senseless conflict. Many of those present had themselves been forced into exile or fled for their lives after Russian and Russian-backed militants seized control in March – April 2014.
Bitter questions as Ukraine’s leaders wax rhetorical about Maidan
On this fourth anniversary of the bloodiest days of Euromaidan, only one person is serving a real sentence for crimes against Maidan activists, and virtually all of the investigations are facing sabotage. Euromaidan SOS founder, Oleksandra Matviychuk is not alone in finding the breast-beating pathos and empty promises from Ukraine’s leaders obscene.
Life sentence in absentia upheld of Russia-protected ‘separatist’ torturer and killer of Ukrainian schoolboy
The Donetsk Regional Court of Appeal has rejected former Donbas militant Vadim Pogodin’s appeal against his life sentence for the brutal torture and killing in 2014 of 16-year-old Stepan Chubenko. The ruling is important, although justice remains very far off. The original sentence was passed in absentia, after Russia demonstrated that it would protect even a child-killer and refused to hand Pogodin over for trial.