Anti-corruption groups question motives for prosecution of YouControl open access firm
A number of Ukrainian anti-corruption NGOs, including Transparency International in Ukraine, have expressed concern over the criminal proceedings against YouControl and its founder Serhiy Milman which they view as pressure on an open access firm providing invaluable assistance to anti-corruption campaigners and journalists.
Estimated 96 thousand Ukrainians were victims of police torture in 2017
Any improvement immediately after Euromaidan in the perceived prevalence of police torture and ill-treatment in Ukraine has ended. A survey just published found that the number of victims of unlawful police violence had risen by well over 200 thousand since 2015, with the number of alleged victims of torture rising from almost 63 thousand in 2015 to almost 96 thousand in 2017
Ukraine’s strange collaboration with Russia over deportations
Ukraine has been in a state of undeclared war with Russia since the latter’s invasion of Crimea in early 2014 and its aggression in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Security Service [SBU] are not loath at times to make use of this, claiming a ‘Russian link’ where there is almost certainly none. More often, however, they demonstrate a baffling willingness to collaborate with their counterparts in the Russian Federal Security Service [FSB]
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
Prosecution of key Maidan suspects sabotaged by Interior Ministry & Police management
The Special Investigations Department has named four men, including a general holding a high post in Ukraine’s National Guard whom it suspects of having coordinated the Berkut storming of Maidan on 18-19 February, 2014
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.
Dangerous National Guard bill condemned as ‘a step towards a police state’ in Ukraine
A draft bill which would give members of Ukraine’s National Guard the right to shoot without warning under certain circumstances has been strongly criticised by the Human Rights Ombudsman, some human rights groups, including ‘Police under Control’ and politicians. They warn that the bill would give the National Guard wide police powers which are inappropriate for an armed formation and could lead to them being used, as the Berkut riot police were used under President Viktor Yanukovych, to crush peaceful protest.
62-year-old Crimean Tatar activist jailed for trying to speak at a public hearing
62-year-old Fazil Ibraimov, who suffers from diabetes, has been jailed for five days in Russian-occupied Crimea, after attempting to speak out against building plans which are likely to deprive him and many other Crimean Tatars of their homes.
Ukraine accused of mounting reprisals against anti-corruption activists
Transparency International in Ukraine has issued an alarming statement asserting that public reprisals against anti-corruption activists are gaining pace, with the recent criminal proceedings about prominent activist Vitaly Shabunin the most indicative, but not the only such case.
Return to Selective Justice Feared in Ukraine over Prosecution of Anti-Corruption Activist
A prominent anti-corruption campaigner is facing criminal charges that seem ominously reminiscent of the selective prosecutions seen under the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych. While Vitaly Shabunin did indeed punch Vsevolod Filimonenko, the circumstances and effect are by no means straightforward. Questions must also be asked as to why criminal charges have been laid in this case, when they so very often are not despite much clearer grounds, including the involvement of politicians or members of the authorities
Mystery tax probe condemned as more pressure on Ukrainian anti-corruption NGOs
Transparency International Ukraine has added its voice to calls of concern over the latest move against the Anti-Corruption Centre [AntAC] which has been the target of a smear campaign over recent months
Ukraine’s prosecutor investigates journalist, not the corrupt judges he exposed
Two years after a journalist investigation found evidence that certain Kyiv judges had ‘issued court rulings’ from their holiday spots abroad, the alleged probe into the judges’ behaviour has been quietly shelved, unlike the criminal investigation involving the Slidstvo.info journalist, Dmytro Hnap
Police Reform and Human Rights
The article is devoted to the reasons for the inhibition of the police reform and the prospects for its continuation.
Ukraine wants to extradite Russian who refused to kill Ukrainian soldiers
A Russian who was forced by the FSB to fight against the Ukrainian Army in Donbas and who surrendered voluntarily to Ukraine is now in danger of being extradited to Russia. The supposed criminal charges against Vladimir Radyuk have almost certainly been concocted to secure the forced return of a person who can provide vital testimony about Russia’s military aggression in eastern Ukraine
Ukrainian IT specialist faces criminal charges after exposing Security Service corruption
Less than two months after a raid by the SBU [Security Service] on Ukraine’s main investment bank aroused huge furor, the SBU has again positioned itself firmly in the firing line. They stand accused of corruption and lying, and have only added to the negative publicity by declaring Mykhailo Yakhymovych, the man who made the allegations, on the wanted list, claiming falsely that he has fled to Russia
SBU ‘treason’ probe and search at Yandex Ukraine to justify contentious ban?
If the Security Service’s search of the offices of Yandex Ukraine on May 29 was supposed to convince people that the sanctions imposed upon the company two weeks ago were justified, the aim was not achieved.
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
Local authorities implicated in fatal attack on Roma residents in Kharkiv oblast
Human rights groups have demanded a proper investigation into the fatal incident on May 16 in the Kharkiv oblast which left one man dead, and four injured. All the victims were Roma residents of Vilshany, in the Derhachi district, and witness accounts suggest that the attack was organized by the local authorities.
Attempt to Kill Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Agency Deferred
A parliamentary bill that could have killed crucial investigative work by Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau has been sent for reworking a day before a scheduled second reading. The danger to Ukraine’s efforts to fight corruption has been deferred, but not eradicated
Maidan suspect accused of issuing police machine guns to paid thugs also freed to flee to Russia?
Two weeks after 4 suspects, one accused of murder, fled to Russia, another person has been released despite objections from the prosecutor. Euromaidan SOS has spoken of a coordinated system for escaping justice and believes that it could not exist without the direct connivance of those in power.