Abducted, tortured and spending seventh Christmas in Russian solitary confinement
Valentin Vyhivsky has now been imprisoned in Russia for over six years, after being abducted from occupied Crimea and held incommunicado for eight months – time that the FSB spent on their specific ‘methods of persuasion’
Russian oligarch plans for Babyn Yar seem aimed at fuelling anti-Semitism in Ukraine
Prominent Ukrainian Jewish figures have initiated an impassioned appeal against the latest plans and shocking excavations linked with the highly contentious Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Complex
MPs challenged to fight Russian repression by adopting a Ukrainian political prisoner
Activists from the civic movement #LiberateCrimea are calling on Ukrainian MPs to take individual Kremlin hostages under their care, with the initiative strongly supported by former political prisoners like Oleg Sentsov and Edem Bekirov
International human rights award foils Russian attempts to discredit imprisoned Historian of the Terror
Russian attempts to discredit Yury Dmitriev are proving increasingly futile with the renowned historian of the Soviet Terror named as one of the 15 laureates of the prestigious Franco-German Prize for Human Rights for 2020.
Reprisals swift after former Crimean Tatar political prisoner takes Russia to court
The Russian FSB burst into the home of former political prisoner Kazim Ametov early on 4 December and turned the place upside down, before leaving “without anything of importance for their criminal case”
Ukraine charges judges with treason over persecution of Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov
Ukraine’s Crimean Prosecutor has passed to the court indictments against two turncoat ‘judges’, involved in Russia’s politically-motivated persecution of Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader, Ilmi Umerov
Model concentration camp deployed in Russia for Putin regime’s rewriting of history
A replica concentration camp for schoolchildren has been built in Karelia (northern Russia), with the first kids due to be taken there for a ‘patriotic weekend’ in December
Russia makes third try on the same debunked charges to jail historian of the Soviet Terror for 20 years
A third trial is due to begin on 24 November of Yury Dmitriev, world-renowned historian of the Soviet Terror and Russian political prisoner.
Ukraine’s government steals money allocated for Kremlin hostages
Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has quietly ‘reallocated’ funding set aside for supporting the ever-mounting number of Kremlin hostages and their families, in a move that they probably hoped would pass unnoticed
Russian Historian Yuri Dmitriev sentenced to 13 years in revenge for restoring the truth about the Soviet Terror
This is an effective death sentence for the 64-year-old historian and political prisoner, and one that was passed behind closed doors in the absence of his lawyer and with Dmitriev himself prevented from properly taking part
Ukrainian hostages not forgotten but Russia understands only the language of ransoms and sanctions
Exactly a year after Russia released 24 Ukrainian POWs and 11 political prisoners, three of the men freed: Oleg Sentsov; Oleksandr Kolchenko and Volodymyr Balukh – have addressed the over 100 Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians whom Russia is showing no intention of releasing.
Contentious choice of Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Complex is a win-win situation for Russia
A large number of prominent Ukrainian Jews have voiced opposition to the current Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Complex (which they refer to as Russian) and have called for the Ukrainian concept for a memorial complex to be accepted
Empty promises from Ukraine’s leaders as release of Kremlin’s hostages ‘buried’
It is almost exactly a year since Russia finally freed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, 24 prisoners of war and 10 other political prisoners in an exchange almost certainly aimed at getting important MH17 witness and likely suspect, Vladimir Tsemakh, out of the reach of the Dutch prosecutor
The price of PACE capitulation to Russia: Soaring number of Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian political prisoners
As of July 2020, Russia is holding a record number of political prisoners, with over 100 of these Ukrainian citizens, and is threatening to ‘extradite and imprison’ foreign nationals who correctly tell them that Crimea is Ukrainian.
Dramatic verdict in political trial of Russian Historian of the Terror Yuri Dmitriev
A Russian court has sentenced 64-year-old Yuri Dmitriev to three and a half years’ imprisonment on one of four charges he was facing, acquitting him on the others
Russia’s brutal persecution of Historian of the Terror Yuri Dmitriev and of his daughter
The verdict is due on 22 July in what a huge number of prominent Russians have called one of the grubbiest political trials in the country
Why expel Russians ‘planning crimes for the Kremlin’ when Russia holds so many Ukrainian political prisoners?
There is bemused indignation among relatives of the Kremlin’s many Ukrainian political prisoners at police reports that two Russians working for the FSB and believed to have been planning to commit grave crimes in Ukraine have merely been deported from the country
Russian prosecutor demands 15-year sentence against historian of the Terror Yuri Dmitriev
Russia’s cynical rerun of its trial of world-renowned historian of the Soviet Terror, Yuri Dmitriev, is coming to an end with the prosecutor on 7 July demanding a 15-year sentence in a maximum security prison
How can a Russian oligarch control remembrance of the Victims of Babyn Yar in Ukraine?
Not only is a memorial complex of national and international importance in private hands, but the main financial player is a Russian oligarch seen as close to the Kremlin
#StayHome and Help Russia’s Ukrainian Political Prisoners held in dangerously unsanitary conditions
With around 90 Ukrainian political prisoners illegally imprisoned in occupied Crimea and Russia, many for several years, now is surely the perfect time to show them that they are not forgotten