Accomplice to Maidan journalist killing has ’magic’ effect on Ukrainian judges
Yury Krysin admits taking part in the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan and has been convicted of numerous other violent crimes. Yet “Ukrainian judges have only to see him and they’re seized by a burning desire to release him from custody”
Ukraine re-arrests asylum-seeker in danger if extradited to Russia
A Ukrainian court has ordered the detention, pending extradition, of Shakhban Isakov, an asylum-seeker whom Russia wants to prosecute on the same dubious charges as those Russia has brought against two renowned Crimean Tatar leaders, both Ukrainian MPs
Ukraine’s Security Service and Human Rights
At present the Security Service of Ukraine [SBU] is at the same time a security service and a law enforcement body. Nowhere in the civilized world do security services carry out law enforcement activities. Their purpose is to gather information within the framework of competence defined by law.
Police & prosecutors accused of protecting Maidan murder suspect from justice
A journalist investigation has highlighted disturbing police and prosecutor links which may explain the baffling downgrading in the charges against Yury Krysin, who took part in the killing of journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during the bloodiest days of Euromaidan in February 2014.
On the Competition for the Post of Head of the National Police
A brief outline of the first stages of the competition
Top anti-corruption post for persecutor of well-known Ukrainian human rights activist?
The likely appointment of Dmytro Rudenko to a top post in Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau has appalled many rights activists who remember his active role in the persecution of Vinnytsa human rights activist Dmytro Groysman. It raises questions also as to how he came to be appointed head of the Khmelnytsky National Police back in May 2016.
Half the Berkut officers deployed against EuroMaidan activists remain police officers
Three years after the savage dispersal on Nov 30, 2013 of young students on Maidan, none of the Berkut officers directly involved have been convicted, and some are continuing to work in the police. The reason in many cases for the lack of progress lies not in the investigators, but in sabotage by the courts
Ukraine’s Security Service’s strange collaboration with Russia in its political persecution of opponents
Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] appears to be collaborating with its Russian FSB counterpart even where there are strong grounds for believing that FSB interest in Russian citizens living in Ukraine is as politically motivated as its persecution of Ukrainians in occupied Crimea and Russia
Accusations flying as police head resigns, leaving contentious deputy in charge
Khatia Dekonoidze has resigned as Head of National Police seemingly in frustration at limited scope to carry out real reform and political interference. She also says that Vadim Troyan, now Acting Head, is not politically independent and therefore unsuited to the post. These are not the only concerns about Troyan’s suitability for high police posts.
Sharp Reversal by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General on Investigating Maidan & Yanukovych Crimes
Ukraine’s recently appointed Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko looks set to destroy an investigative body which has finally made progress on investigating crimes linked with Euromaidan, and the families of Maidan victims and lawyers representing them are outraged.
Police Officers Charged Over Brutal Killing of Detainee Could be Released on Bail
Two of the three police officers facing charges over the death of 32-year-old Oleksandr Tsukerman who was beaten and fatally shot while in handcuffs are now facing less serious charges on the grounds that it was not their savage beating that killed the young man, but shots
Interior Minister accused of hate speech against those forced to flee Donbas
Vostok-SOS and other civic organizations have reacted with anger to remarks made on Friday by Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s Interior Minister regarding Ukrainians displaced by the fighting in Donbas
Fighting corruption the Ukrainian way: new elements
Overview of the activities of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and of the difficulties it encounters when carrying out its functions
Horrific police killing elicits assurances of a shakeup & local fears of a cover-up
Three police officers are currently in detention after a 32-year-old man was beaten and fatally shot while in handcuffs in the early hours of August 24.
Sinister Russian FSB attack on lawyers defending Crimean political prisoners
Russia has long demonstrated that journalists, civic activists and all those who express independent views are at risk in Russian-occupied Crimea. On Thursday, there was a disturbing indication that the lawyers representing political prisoners may also be in danger.
Defending a national hero or dangerous extrajudicial methods?
The events on July 2 around the detention of former Aidar commander Valentyn Lykholit elicited widely divergent reactions and some worrying assumptions about what need not be considered in fighting ‘separatists’.
An End to Sabotage of Maidan Crime Investigations?
Newly-appointed Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko has held a meeting with lawyers representing victims of crimes against Euromaidan. While it is definitely early days, the lawyers are obviously pleased at the moves Lutsenko has announced which may help to remove the sources of sabotage from within the Prosecutor General’s Office
Suspected Euromaidan crimes no impediment for current Ukrainian police job
Anton Zazymko, who is facing serious charges over an attack by Berkut officers on Euromaidan activists, has held onto a renamed, but similar post in a National Police special forces regiment. In a move viewed with anger by lawyers representing Maidan victims, the Kyiv Court of Appeal upheld the original rejection of the application for his suspension
Alarm bells ring as chief Maidan crimes investigator threatened with criminal charges
Civic activists and Euromaidan victims’ lawyers have sounded the alarm about a major offensive against Serhiy Horbatyuk and his special investigative department. Several criminal investigations have been initiated against members of the department and Horbatyuk could himself be facing criminal charges for alleged ‘negligence’.