Third violent attack on a Roma camp in Ukraine in just over a month
There has been another arson attack on a Roma camp in Ukraine, the third in just over a month, with this one accompanied both by shooting and by an appallingly xenophobic report on the Facebook page of a local media publication.
Verdicts awaited in Russia’s most openly anti-Crimean Tatar ‘trial’
The ‘trial’ has ended in Russian-occupied Crimea of five Crimean Tatars accused of ‘involvement’ in a pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia has no jurisdiction. Verdicts are due on June 4, but are unlikely to bring many surprises, given that this lawless case was not terminated at the first court hearing despite being prohibited by Russia’s own criminal code.
Another Roma camp attacked and burned down in Ukraine, with police seeing only ‘hooliganism’
A permanent Roma settlement in Rudne, near Lviv, was burned down on 9 May, leaving a number of families homeless. It was the second attack on a Ukrainian Roma camp in less than a month, although this time nobody has publicly admitted to carrying it out.. While Ukraine’s Human Rights Ombudsperson clearly views this as a hate crime, and witnesses speak of a crowd of around 30 young masked thugs, the police have thus far only initiated an investigation into suspected ‘hooliganism’.
Vaad of Ukraine Statement in Response to US Congressmen Letter Concerning Anti-Semitism in Poland and Ukraine
The authors of this statement consider letter to be a piece of anti-Ukrainian defamation which is already in use by the propaganda sector of Russian Federation’s hybrid war on Ukraine. They urge all those interested in getting true information on anti-Semitism in Ukraine to turn to the Vaad of Ukraine for it.
Appalling images from neo-Nazi C14 attack on Kyiv Roma camp force police to retract denial
Video footage and witness accounts of the violent dispersal of a Roma camp on Lysa Hora by neo-Nazi C14 thugs emerged on 25 April which were in stark contrast to the version of events presented by the Head of the Kyiv Police, Andriy Kryshchenko. By evening on 25 April, the police finally announced that a criminal investigation had been initiated after days of implausible denial.
Ukrainian neo-Nazi C14 vigilantes drive out Roma families, burn their camp
The far-right C14 organization has carried out an operation, possibly in cooperation with a Kyiv district administration, which resulted in Roma families being forced to flee their camp on Lysa Hora in Kyiv
Murder trial but no probe into police inaction during anti-Roma pogrom in Loshchynivka
The court hearing the high-profile trial of a young man accused of the rape and murder of a child has rejected an application to hold the trial behind closed doors. The trial is of public interest because of the anti-Roma pogrom which followed it, and because there are grounds for believing that the defendant is innocent.
Russia uses hate speech to stir up fear and hatred of Ukrainians in occupied Crimea
Russia is deliberately creating an atmosphere of fear and aggression in occupied Crimea with Ukraine and Ukrainians pitched as ‘the enemy’
Ukrainian sentenced to life for racist and homophobic attacks
A 28-year-old Kharkiv man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for racist and homophobic attacks on six people, and the killing of another young man. The case was important in that the prosecution clearly identified the racism determining Vitaly Kadnichansky’s choice of victim, as well as referring to homophobic motives. It also gained some notoriety due to the attempt by Oleh Lyashko, head of the ‘Radical Party’ to get the young man added to a list of ‘political prisoners’ in 2015, and released under an amnesty.
Israeli government report invents sharp rise in anti-Semitism in Ukraine
A report on anti-Semitism by the Israeli Ministry for Diaspora Affairs has come up with some statistics about anti-Semitism in Ukraine which would be alarming if they had any basis in fact. According to Vyacheslav Likhachev, who has been systematically monitoring anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Ukraine for well over 10 years, they have little or none.
Far-right vigilantes imposing ‘Ukrainian order’ are strange partners for Ukraine’s National Police
So-called ‘National Militia Units’ are promising to ’establish Ukrainian order” on the streets of Kyiv, seemingly in cooperation with Ukraine’s National Police. Assurances from the Interior Ministry cannot allay concerns about police collaboration with an organization which has on many occasions demonstrated intolerance towards ethnic minorities, as well as to people whose sexual orientation, political or other beliefs they view with antagonism.
Ukrainian prosecutor refuses to investigate police inaction during shocking anti-Roma pogrom
An Odesa court has reinstated the criminal proceedings initiated over police failure to react during anti-Roma riots last year in Loshchynivka, but only after human rights lawyers challenged the prosecutor’s decision to terminate the investigation.
Vigilantes in military gear accused of new attack on Roma in Kyiv
A family who recently spoke out publicly about disturbing measures to drive out Romani residents of Kyiv have been set upon by a group of former soldiers whose civic organization was organized under the patronage of an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister
Police from Kyiv to investigate anti-Semitic attack on Uman Synagogue
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General reports that a team of detectives from Kyiv will be sent to Uman in the Cherkasy oblast to investigate the foul attack on a synagogue during the early hours of Dec 21.
Russia’s Trial of jailed Crimean Tatar leader turns openly racist
The current ‘trial’ of imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz is proving as openly contemptuous of the law as the charges themselves. Chiygoz has been prevented from attending his own ‘trial’, or even properly hearing what is being said, and the prosecutor makes no attempt to conceal his racist views
Ukraine sees drop in xenophobic violence everywhere but Russian-occupied Crimea
Ukraine’s far-right has no need to look for mythical enemies when there’s a real enemy to be fought and their country truly needs to be defended. That is one of the reasons put forward in explaining the good news that the last 2 years of conflict, first on Maidan, then because of Russian aggression have not led to an increase in anti-Semitic and xenophobic violence in Ukraine.
Russian TV Presenter Accused Of Incitement In Germany
To Berlin-based lawyer Martin Luithle, Ivan Blagoy’s coverage was a reckless attempt to incite fear and hatred against migrants among Germany’s 6 million Russian speakers, and is punishable under German law.
Stubborn Denial & Questionable Charges over Racist Attack on Football Fans in Kyiv
How do you protect likely victims if you deny racist motives?. Despite suspicion falling on known neo-Nazi racists for the attack on only black football fans at the Dynamo – Chelsea match on Oct 20 & and serious UEFA penalties, Ukraines police see only hooliganism, for which the first person has just received a short suspended sentence
Police officer accused of involvement in racist attack on football fans
Compelled by police inaction and misleading information presented to the President regarding a shocking racist attack on black football fans in Kyiv, journalists have carried out their own investigation which implicates a police officer and parliamentary aide and members of the Azov Civic Corps
Propped by Russian neo-Nazis, Kremlin anti-Semitic proxies warn of mounting ’Ukrainian fascism’
AAccording to well-known specialist Viacheslav Likhachev, Russian far-right and neo-Nazi groups have played the greatest role in the war in Donbas. Neither this, nor the Kremlin-backed militants’ consistent anti-Semitism impede their constant rhetoric about fighting ‘Ukrainian fascism’