Reports of plans for massive increase in Berkut riot police numbers
Dzerkalo Tyzhnya reports that according to its information the numbers in special force Grifon and Berkut units are to be increased to 30 thousand men, and the powers of special force units within the Interior Ministry extended.
Ukrainian Police Counter-Offensive
A day after the shocking video footage above of police ill-treatment of a captive protester and in the wake of other damning reports, the police are alleging attacks on their officers and pointing the finger at EuroMaidan activists
AutoMaidan activists ambushed, leader still missing
More AutoMaidan activists have been found in Kyiv police stations following the events of Wednesday night which singer Ruslana has called “brazen and unconcealed terror on the streets of Kyiv.” Chillingly it is now well over 24 hours since any contact with Dmytro Bulatov, one of the leaders of the AutoMaidan movement.
Berkut undress and beat activist in freezing temperatures
A video posted on YouTube shows Berkut riot police and other officers in black Interior Forces uniform undressing and humilating a man detained on Hrushevsky St. Caught on video, the police have "apologised"
Vradiyivka: All the promises prove empty
The investigations initiated after the events in Vradiyivka shook the country and scared the authorities in July have been terminated
Police told to show the orders to use force against peaceful protesters
In a positive move, the District Administrative Court has agreed that the Interior Ministry must show orders and other documentation regarding the use of Berkut riot police. On a more negative note it has rejected equally legitimate demands for information from others including the Prosecutor General and the ambulance service.
Full-Frontal Offensive against Road Control
A Road Control activist has been shot and injured, and his car set alight in the latest attack on people from this civic watchdog which monitors the work of the traffic police.
OZON, the civic initiative monitoring freedom of peaceful assembly has observed small groups of men apparently in police uniform but with only the word police itself, with no way of identifying either the unit that the person is from or the person’s name and rank
Road Control journalist detained
In a move which is either badly mistimed or deliberately chosen to spark trouble, the police have detained Road Control journalist Andriy Dzyndzya and an MP’s assistant and are refusing to allow lawyers or MPs in to see them raising fears that the men may have been beaten
Berkut riot police beat up Lviv EuroMaidan supporters
Seven students from Lviv who were returning from the Kyiv EuroMaidan rally in support of European integration allege that they were assaulted by Berkut riot police officers
Sentences for Show?
Yury Shershen reports that at virtually the same time the Kharkiv and Kharkiv regional prosecutors have reported sentences handed down on police officers allegedly guilty of crimes. He notes however that the crimes they have been convicted of are those which take place on a day-to-day basis in the police
New allegations of police torture – of a 17-year-old
17-year-old Oleksandr Yefymenko from Novomoskovsk (Dnipropetrovsk oblast) was questioned without his parents or a lawyer present. He confessed to murdering a 13-year-old friend, but has now formally retracted this confession, saying it was given under police pressure
Death in Police Custody: Official and Unofficial Versions
Dmitry Pozdeev’s brief life ended on September 29, two days after being taken into police custody. He had been taking part in “investigative activities” when he died supposedly of an acute heart disorder
Young man dies in police detention
On Sunday Sept. 29, at around 16.00, Dmitry Pozdeev, a 19-year-old from Dnipropetrovsk died either at the Kommunarsky District Police Station or shortly after leaving it.
Police under Scrutiny activist attacked – police under suspicion
Yevhen Krapyvin, activist for the Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors on Law Enforcement was assaulted on 24 September and there are serious grounds for believing that a police officer in civilian clothes may have been responsible
Trial of Vradiyivka police officers begins
The preliminary hearing was held on Thursday in the trial of three men, two of them police officers, charged over the brutal rape of Iryna Krashkova from Vradiyivka who was left for dead after the attack
So who is defending us?
Civic organizations are demanding measures to enable easy identification of individual police officers. This is vital, they believe, in order to combat police impunity in breaking the law and infringing their rights
Berkut forces move focus from criminals to demonstrators
The Interior Ministry Special Force Berkut was mainly created to fight dangerous criminals. In fact, however, its main task is increasingly becoming what is euphemistically referred to as protecting public order at protests.
Diverging views over proposed law on Public Prosecutor
The new draft Law on the Prosecutor’s Office proposed by the President’s Administration has met with scepticism from representatives of human rights organizations