Russia uses money and threat of prosecution to hide Russian soldiers’ deaths in Ukraine
Nobody knows how many Russians have been killed in Donbas. Those who can tell NGOs about their sons’ deaths have gone silent, while journalists have doubtless been deterred by the real fear of being prosecuted for revealing State secrets
Ukraine faces human rights court hammering over investigation of Odesa 2 May Tragedy
If the finger can be pointed at Russia for its role and propaganda lies about the tragic disturbances and fire in Odesa on 2 May 2014, it is solely the Ukrainian authorities who must answer for Ukraine’s shameful failure to carry out a proper investigation
Tortured to Death for Defending Ukraine’s Flag and Ukrainian Unity
It is three years since Volodymyr Rybak was abducted by Kremlin-backed militants when he tried to remove the flag of the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ from the seized Horlivka city council building. His tortured and mutilated body was found 5 days later, together with that of 19-year-old student Yury Popravka.
Accomplice to Maidan journalist killing has ’magic’ effect on Ukrainian judges
Yury Krysin admits taking part in the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan and has been convicted of numerous other violent crimes. Yet “Ukrainian judges have only to see him and they’re seized by a burning desire to release him from custody”
Chechnya style lawlessness will not work in occupied Crimea, however much Russia tries
Russia has concentrated negative and repressive features from all over the Russian Federation in occupied Crimea, a Russian human rights activist has said. However, neither she, nor a Crimean Tatar activist whose own son and nephew were abducted, believe that Russia will succeed in imposing the unbridled lawlessness seen in the Caucasus, although not necessarily for want of trying.
Slain Crimean Tatar Reshat Ametov “wanted his children to live in a free Crimea”
“Russian friend, if they order you to, will you shoot at me?” This question was the last post 39-year-old Reshat Ametov made on Facebook, the day before his silent picket in protest at the Russian soldiers who had invaded his home. The Crimean Tatar father of three was seized by so-called ‘self-defence’ paramilitaries from outside the Crimean Parliament in Simferopol on 3 March, 2014 and tortured to death.
Police & prosecutors accused of protecting Maidan murder suspect from justice
A journalist investigation has highlighted disturbing police and prosecutor links which may explain the baffling downgrading in the charges against Yury Krysin, who took part in the killing of journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during the bloodiest days of Euromaidan in February 2014.
Victims of Volnovakha bus bombing by Kremlin-backed militants seek justice in Strasbourg
2 years after 13 people were killed when a bus near Volnovakha was shelled from a militant-controlled area, relatives of the victims have filed an application against both Russia and Ukraine over the bombing and the failure by the Ukrainian authorities to carry out a proper investigation.
Over half the Berkut officers suspected of Maidan killings given shelter by Russia
12 of 23 ex-Berkut officers suspected of gunning down protesters in the last bloody days of Euromaidan have now received Russian citizenship or leave to remain as ‘refugees’. It appears now that 3 other officers on trial over the deaths have been added to the list of people to be handed over in exchange for Ukrainian hostages.
Appeal from Aleppo
The White Helmets in Aleppo have given everything. Now we need the international community to do the same. Please share this message.
Yanukovych ‘doesn’t remember’ the bloodiest day of Maidan killings
Ex-president Viktor Yanukovych has finally testified as defence witness in the trial of five former Berkut officers charged with killing activists in February 2014. He claimed to ‘not know’ or ‘not remember’ most vital details about the events during Euromaidan, and even how he came to flee to Russia
Why does Donald Trump cover up Putin’s involvement in murder?
US presidential candidate Donald Trump has no problem promising to jail his rival and rejecting the court and DNA exoneration of young men he once wanted executed, but he carries the presumption of innocence to bizarre extremes when it comes to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Russian wanted for war crimes in Donbas arrested in Norway
Yan Petrovsky, one of the notorious Russian neo-Nazi sadists who took photos of themselves over the bodies of Ukrainian soldiers they had mutilated has been arrested in Norway. He will probably be deported to Russia, however Ukraine is reported to want his extradition.
Russian Soldiers Sent to Ukraine Tracked by Hypermarkets and Unmarked Graves
Moscow’s continued denial of direct military aggression in Ukraine convinces nobody, it seems, with the latest confirmation coming from an unexpected, if sadly typical, source
Russia’s FSB remove posters asking about abducted Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov
“Those who give the command to abduct people should look their own mother in the eye and ask her what it means to lose a child”. Lilia Budzhurova’s words will doubtless not be heard by those in Moscow who bear responsibility for the lawlessness unleashed since Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea
10 Years without Anna Politkovskaya
Anna Politkovskaya’s voice would certainly have been heard, as was Boris Nemtsov’s, over Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. It is sorely needed now also in occupied Crimea, with Russia increasingly using the same methods that it has applied for so long in Chechnya and Ingushetia
Russia’s Bombing of Aleppo Must End
I appeal to the people of Russia, Europe, and the rest of the world not to stand idly by, but to spread the word and voice their outrage. An outpouring of public opinion could induce President Putin to put an end to his heinous crimes against humanity.
Russia brings enforced disappearances to occupied Crimea
Civic activists held a vigil outside the Russian embassy in Kyiv on Sept 27, demanding to know the whereabouts of 19-year-old Islyam Dzhepparov and his cousin, brazenly abducted exactly two years ago, civic activist Ervin Ibragimov and many others who have disappeared since Russia invaded and annexed Crimea
Destructions in Donbas. Scale, attempts at reconstruction and perspectives for redress for victims
In March 2014, Eastern regions of Ukraine became an arena of the Russian secret services’ "Russian Spring" plan, aiming to pull a large part of Ukrainian territories out of Ukrainian jurisdiction. These actions were supported by a wide information campaign in the Russian Federation. As a result of resistance from the Ukrainian state and its society, the plan was disrupted, but on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk Peoples Republics (DNR and LNR) were created, and the confrontation escalated into an armed conflict.
Odesa Smoking Gun Leads Directly to Moscow
A new film has exposed direct links between Moscow and the disturbances in Odesa from late February to the tragic events of 2 May 2014. The film ‘2 May. Moscow Trail’ is based solely on Russian and pro-Russian sources, and adds weight to recently published tapes on which Sergei Glazyev, Vladimir Putin’s adviser and others discuss the organization of disturbances in Odesa and other Ukrainian cities