National monitoring of unlawful violence in police in Ukraine in 2020. Summary
KhPG jointly with the KhISR carried on a research in order to provide a comparative analysis of opinions of ordinary citizens and police officers on the scale of spread of unlawful violence in police activity.
From lawyer for pro-Russia Medvedchuk party to running Maidan cases. Disturbing new top appointment in Ukraine
The appointment of a person associated with notorious pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk as Deputy Prosecutor General and reports that is to be in charge of Maidan cases seem another slap in the face to the families of slain Maidan victims, one of many over the last year.
FSB abductions and a chilling new weapon of repression used in Russian-occupied Crimea
The Russian FSB finally released Crimean Solidarity and Grani.ru journalist Aider Kadyrov in the early hours of 1 September, almost 18 hours after they first took him and three other Crimean Tatars from their homes
Ukrainian justice based on false police reports: From Maidan to former Kremlin political prisoner
After five years as a political prisoner in Russia, Oleksandr Kolchenko has been sentenced by a Ukrainian court to 40 hours of community work on the basis of false police protocols which the judge chose to believe
Top post in Zelensky administration given to Yanukovych era police official implicated in Maidan crimes
Maidan lawyers and civic organizations have reacted with outrage to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s appointment of Oleh Tatarov as Deputy Head of the Office of the President
Crimean Tatar rights activist takes Russian prosecutor to court over ‘warnings against extremism’
Lutfiye Zudiyeva, one of the coordinators of the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative and a civic journalist, has lodged important legal challenges against ‘warning’ she was issued by the Russian-controlled prosecutor and police against supposed ‘extremist activities’
Questions to Zelensky if ex-President Poroshenko really is remanded in custody
With at least 17 criminal investigations announced against former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko since Volodymyr Zelensky took office, it is no easy task to concentrate on any specific charges, however the stakes this time appear to be very high
Zelensky’s proposed ‘reform’ of the Security Service fails badly on both reform and human rights
The two latest draft bills on reform of Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU], including one from President Volodymyr Zelensky, “give virtually unlimited and uncontrolled powers to the SBU which are not typical for democratic countries” and that is just one of their failings
Top Ukraine Police post for ‘investigator’ involved in fatal persecution of prominent human rights defender
Instead of answering for his part in the politically-motivated prosecution of Dima Groysman, a well-known human rights activist, Oleksandr Soldatov continued his police career and has now been appointed to the highest police post in the Vinnytsa oblast.
Russia’s most toxic ‘Odesa Massacre’ lie and the help Ukraine is giving it
Six years have passed since the tragic disturbances and fire in Odesa on 2 May 2014 that Russia immediately tried to turn into an ‘Odesa Massacre’
Handziuk murder: Ukraine’s Prosecutor General sabotages case against high-ranking suspect
Fears that the new Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova was jeopardizing the investigation into the savage killing of Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk appear to have been justified
Charges against Tetyana Chornovol play to Yanukovych and Russian lies about Maidan
The claim by Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigations that its charges against Tetyana Chornovol are not political might have seemed a little more convincing had they not closely followed the argument used by ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s defence lawyers
Ukrainian journalist savagely beaten during Euromaidan faced with dubious Maidan “murder” charges
Ukraine’s increasingly controversial State Bureau of Investigations has informed Tetyana Chornovol, a former MP, journalist and victim of a near-fatal attack during Euromaidan that she is under suspicion of murder.
Odesa activist who survived three murder attempts could face prosecution “for defending himself”
One of several high-profile criminal investigations that could be in danger after the new Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova removed top prosecutor Viktor Trepak is that of three attacks on Odesa activist Serhiy Sternenko
Chief prosecutor in Handziuk murder investigation removed just as progress reached
Ukraine’s new Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova has removed Viktor Trepak, the only head of the investigation into the savage killing of Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk under whom real progress was made
Ukraine’s new Prosecutor General moves to reverse progress on solving Maidan crimes
There are various explanations suggested as to why Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova has forced Viktor Trepak from his role in charge of the department investigating crimes against Maidan activists, just not the success and efficiency of Maidan investigations
An end to high-level protection for the killers of Ukrainian activist Katya Handziuk?
Ukrainian prosecutors tried twice to capture Oleksiy Levin, a key suspect in the savage murder of Kherson activist Kateryna Handziuk, after the first attempt was thwarted by a mole within the enforcement agencies who tipped Levin off.
Yanukovych’s lawyer reportedly knew in advance he would get top job in State body investigating Maidan crimes
There are grounds for suspecting that Oleksandr Babikov was not appointed First Deputy Head of the State Bureau of Investigations as the result of a fair competition, with this only compounding the concerns over a conflict of interests given Babikov’s recent role in representing fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych
Outrage in Ukraine as Yanukovych lawyer appointed first deputy head of body investigating Maidan crimes
The appointment of Oleksandr Babikov to the second highest post in the State Bureau of Investigations is deeply disturbing given the clear conflict of interest that his recent defence of former President Yanukovych presents
New head of Maidan investigations implicated in judicial corruption scandal
The families of slain Maidan activists and their lawyers have called on the acting head of the State Bureau of Investigations to cancel the appointment of Oleksandr Buryak as head of the department on investigating crimes against Maidan protesters