Russian blogger jailed for social media repost of clip criticizing Russia’s war against Ukraine
34-year-old Russian blogger Roman Grishin is to serve a 40-day prison sentence for reposting a musical clip back in 2014 which in satirical form strongly condemned Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine
Belarus arrests Ukrainian Radio journalist probing abduction to Russia of 19-year-old Pavlo Hryb
Belarus’s KGB (security service) has detained Pavlo Sharoiko, Ukrainian Radio’s correspondent in Minsk, reportedly accusing him of ‘spying’. Virtually no information is available about the arrest which comes in the wake of tension in relations between Ukraine and Belarus following the Russian FSB’s abduction from Belarus of Pavlo Hryb, a 19-year-old Ukrainian student.
Crimean savagely beaten for pro-Ukraine views faces jail on ‘extremism’ charges
The FSB in Russian-occupied Sevastopol have formally charged Ukrainian activist Ihor Movenko over a comment they allege he posted on a social media page in 2016 and which they ’noticed’ only after he persistently demanded an investigation into the brutal and unprovoked attack by a police officer that left him hospitalized. He is accused of ‘public calls to carry out extremist activities’ and could face a sentence of up to five years’ imprisonment.
Donetsk man gets 10-year sentence for Twitter photos of Russian military equipment
A ‘military tribunal’ in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] has passed a 10-year sentence on a 43-year-old Ukrainian for what it calls ‘spying’. Although few details are given, it seems possible that the person is Valery Nedosekin, a college director at the Donetsk Academy of Motor Transport. If so, then the sentence would be for tweeting photos which show Russian military technology where it has no right to be,
Ukraine refuses to free journalist & asylum seeker facing persecution in Kazakhstan
It was because of Zhanara Akhmet’s criticism of the Kazakhstani regime that she faced prosecution in her own country and sought asylum in Ukraine, together with her small child. That alone should have precluded her initial detention, but did not, and now a second court has rejected the application from an MP and prominent human rights activist to release the journalist on their guarantee and remanded her in custody for 60 days.
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9-year sentences for Ukrainian journalists who helped set up Donbas militant propaganda TV
A court in the Zhytomyr oblast has sentenced journalist Dmytro Vasylets and media worker Yevhen Timonin to nine years’ imprisonment for helping Donbas militants set up the pro-Russian and militantly anti-Ukrainian ‘Novorossiya TV propaganda channel.
Ukrainian anti-corruption journalists come under intensive surveillance
The Skhemy journalist project who have frequently exposed corruption by public officials in Ukraine has reported unexplained surveillance of one of their journalists, Oleksandr Chornovalov. While this is not the first time Skhemy journalists have been targeted, the surveillance has never before been so brazen
Another Crimean Tatar civic activist faces prison for saying that Crimea is Ukraine
The FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea has formally charged 54-year-old Crimean Tatar activist Suleyman Kadyrov with making a ‘public call to violate Russia’s territorial integrity’ ffor a Facebook repost, with the comment “Crimea is Ukraine”.
RT: A Low-Grade Platform for Useful Idiots
RT is coming under increasing scrutiny for its role in the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign against the West. The US Justice Department is allegedly requesting that individuals associated with the network’s US branch, RT America, register as foreign agents. Nascent Congressional efforts to investigate and counter the Kremlin’s influence operations have also targeted RT.
Janus Putkonen and the Donbas DONi-News - disinformation and misrepresentation
Finnish Janus Putkonen permanently moved to Donetsk in summer 2015. At that time he founded the so-called DONi-News media company with Russian money.
Ukrainian gets two-year suspended sentence for social media repost of Dugin text in 2014
A 35-year-old Ukrainian from Kyiv has received a two-year suspended sentence for the reposting on social media back in April 2014 of an article by Russian fascist ideologue Alexander Dugin.
Ukraine remembers Petro Grigorenko as his words in defence of Crimean Tatars could get you arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea
It is 110 years since the birth of Petro Grigorenko, Soviet General, founding member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group, victim of punitive psychiatry and defender of the Crimean Tatar people. The anniversary is of acute poignancy at a time when Crimean Tatars are once again facing discrimination and persecution in their homeland under Russian occupation or in enforced exile.
Journalist facing persecution in Azerbaijan detained in Ukraine
Fikret Huseynli, a journalist working from Dutch exile for the opposition TV Turan channel, was detained on October 14 at Kyiv’s Boryspil Airport. Since one of the charges against him is of ‘illegally crossing the border’ when he left Azerbaijan in 2008, the question yet again arises of what checking procedure Interpol uses before issuing Red Notices
49 Crimean Tatars detained for legal pickets demanding an end to persecution
Crimean Tatars have reacted to the new arrests on ‘terrorism’ charges of civic activists in Russian-occupied Crimea by holding single-person pickets with placards reading: “Crimean Tatars are not terrorists. Give children their fathers back” and “Fabricating criminal cases – it’s this that’s TERROR”. .
Ukraine’s SBU detain Crimean activists “in Russian FSB style”
Civic activists have reacted with strong scepticism to the claims made by the Lviv SBU [Security Service] in explaining the searches and detention on October 12 of up to 12 activists, including two well-known Crimeans, forced to flee their home after Russia’s invasion
Moving message of solidarity from Kremlin hostage Roman Sushchenko on sentence of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov
There has been widespread condemnation of Russia’s two-year prison sentence on Crimean Tatar leader lmi Umerov “for voicing dissent against the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula”. The most poignant was from Roman Sushchenko, the Ukrainian journalist seized by the Russian FSB almost exactly a year ago
Sentence to silence Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov on trial for words he didn’t utter
Russia’s trial on openly falsified charges of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has reached its squalid end, with the real aim likely to be reflected in a ban on public activities, accompanying the demanded suspended sentence. No reversion to rule of law is anticipated, although the verdict is due a day after a UN monitoring report expressed exactly the same position on Russia’s illegal occupation of Ukrainian Crimea as that for which Russia has put 60-year-old Umerov on trial.
Russia sentences Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena for expressing the UN’s stand on Crimea
A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has passed a two and a half year suspended sentence on Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena for expressing his opposition to Russia’s occupation of Crimea. It was thus found that an opinion piece written by Semena contained ‘public calls to action aimed at violating Russia’s territorial integrity’. His position expressed in the article fully coincided with that expressed by the UN General Assembly, EU, OSCE, and all democratic countries, as well as with that in a number of international treaties which Russia has ratified.
Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov’s powerful final words in surreal proceedings where ‘traitors put patriots on trial’
Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has ended his final address (translated here) to a de facto court under Russian occupation by suggesting that they will all meet again at the international courts at the Hague and these are no empty words