Russian-controlled militants sentence 70-year-old pensioner to 17 years for ‘spying’ after torturing him and his family
The fate of 70-year-old retired miner Vitaly Atamanchuk and his family chillingly demonstrate how nobody is safe in the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’
Elderly Ukrainian accused by Russian occupiers of ‘treason’ beaten up in prison
Thanks solely to civic activists, 65-year-old Halyna Dovhopola has been moved to another cell in Moscow after being beaten several times by her cellmate
Russian propagandist seized by Donetsk militants ‘for spying for Ukraine’
Russian blogger Roman Manekin has been arrested by the ‘security service’ of the self-proclaimed and Russian-controlled ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] and is most probably being tortured right now in one of the militants’ ‘basements’.
Russian invaders of Crimea imprison Ukrainian for ‘state treason’
It is well over a year since Ivan Yatskin, a father of three small children, was seized in occupied Crimea and taken to the notorious Lefortovo Prison in Moscow, accused of ‘state treason’ by a country that invaded and annexed his Crimean homeland
Agonizing silence about Ukrainian sportsman abducted by Russian military in Debaltseve
Oleh Shevandin was almost certainly seized by members of the Russian military whose involvement in the war in Donbas Russia continues to deny.
Russian-controlled Donbas militants torture and imprison Donetsk lecturer for ‘spying for Ukraine’
Oleksander Shelest, a Donetsk lecturer in information technology, was seized over three years ago, with a ‘confession’ to spying tortured out of him
Defence debunks Russian FSB evidence against imprisoned pro-Ukraine activist
The lawyers representing Ukrainian political prisoner Oleh Prykhodko have established in court that the phone and sim-card used by Russia’s FSB as supposed proof of Prykhodko’s plan to commit an act of terrorism in Lviv are nothing of the kind.
Russian proxy Donetsk ‘republic’ sentences Ukrainian war veteran to 16 years for defending Ukraine
34-year-old Vasyl Horobets served in the Ukrainian Armed Forces from 2015-16, defending his country in Donbas. Two years later, he was seized by the Russian-controlled militants of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] and sentenced to 16 years for that service to Ukraine
Kremlin hostage tells Russian court how he was tortured in occupied Donbas & abducted to Russia
Russia’s ‘trial’ of Oleksandr Marchenko took an unexpected turn in October, after the Ukrainian political prisoner stood up in court and described the torture he had been subjected to by Russian-controlled Donbas militants before being abducted to Russia
Crimean Tatar political prisoner Medzhit Ablyamitov’s mother has died two months after his arrest
Asiye Ablyamitova died alone on 25 October, without her son, Medzhit, who had returned to occupied Crimea to care for her and who is now facing a 15-year sentence on grotesquely fabricated charges
62-year-old Ukrainian political prisoner threatens to slash his wrists if Russia doesn’t release his medication
Almost a year after the FSB in occupied Crimea arrested Oleh Prykhodko on fabricated charges, a Russian prison is refusing to provide him with the medication for a kidney condition that he needs to be taking daily.
ECHR intervenes over charity worker with HIV held hostage in Russian proxy Donetsk ‘republic’
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered the governments of both Ukraine and Russia to take measures to secure the medical treatment of Natalya Z., a charity worker with HIV who is imprisoned in the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’.
22-year-old Odesa geologist seized in Russian-occupied Crimea for pro-Ukrainian leaflets
One of two young men seized by the Russian FSB in occupied Crimea between 19 and 22 September has been informally identified as 22-year-old Oleksandr Dolzhenkov from Odesa’
Russian-controlled Luhansk militants claim young hostage ‘spied’ for Ukraine as a 16-year-old
Militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ have seized a 21-year-old man from Luhansk, Vladislav Lilipa and accused him of passing ‘state secrets’ to Ukraine’s SBU
Donbas militants ‘allowed to torture 500 innocent Ukrainians to death, to find one spy’
48-year-old Serhiy Kuris’ openly expressed pro-Ukrainian position and refusal to sign any ‘confession’ mean that he is in real danger.
Russian proxy Donbas ‘republic’ threatens to hold hostages until Ukraine agrees to fake elections
The self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ has made progress on the release of Ukrainian hostages and prisoners of war contingent on Kyiv changing the government’s resolution on local elections from 15 July
Ukrainian hostage slashes his wrists in protest at Donbas militant torture
Hryhory Sinchenko is in a prison hospital in occupied Donetsk after slashing his wrists, in protest at torture aimed at getting him to give up his lawyer and to sign whatever his Russian-controlled militants demand of him.
Tortured and jailed or killed for the Ukrainian Flag and for supporting Ukraine in occupied Donbas
There are many ways of marking Ukraine’s Independence Day on 24 August, and the Ukrainian Flag the day before. Except when you’re in the Russian proxy Donbas ‘republics’ where even posting a picture with the Ukrainian Flag can get you seized by the so-called ‘security service’, tortured and imprisoned for years.
Belarus initiates ‘mass riot’ criminal charges against detained Ukrainian rights activists
A Belarusian human rights activist has informed Radio Svoboda that the two Ukrainian rights activists brutally detained on 12 August are to face criminal charges over supposed ‘mass riots’.
Vulnerable Luhansk man sentenced to 12 years after cruel Donbas militant and Russian propaganda stunt
50-year-old Vadim Dreyev from Luhansk disappeared on 26 April 2019. Nothing was heard of him for four months, until the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ produced a video in which the Ukrainian supposedly demonstrates his part in the blowing up of four monuments in the Russian proxy ‘republic’