Russian could face terrorism charges for defending Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov
Since the internationally condemned charges concocted against Sentsov and three other Ukrainians were of ‘terrorism’, Viktor Kotov, a municipal council deputy and activist, could face criminal prosecution for supposed ‘justification of terrorism’.
Ukrainian human rights observers seized in Kazakhstan
Two Ukrainian human rights activists have disappeared in Astana while on a mission investigating cases suspected of being politically motivated
Economics textbook rejected in Russia for not fostering “love for the Motherland”
The author of a series of Russian school textbooks on economics has had one of the books rejected for lack of material fostering patriotism and for questions that might give rise to ’negative, unconstructive discussion’
Dennis Christensen gets 6 years in first Russian sentence of a Jehovah’s Witness since Soviet times
A Russian court in Oryol has sentenced Dennis Christensen to six years’ imprisonment for practising his faith
Russia makes its law retroactive in order to jail abducted Ukrainian soldier
Three Russian judges have confirmed the four-year sentence passed on Oleksandr Shumkov, ignoring not only compelling evidence that he was abducted to Russia, but also at least two basic legal principle
Russian court orders investigation into Ukrainian student Hryb’s account of torture
A Russian court has ordered a check to be carried out into Pavlo Hryb’s allegations of torture after viewing a video showing injuries which the 20-year-old Ukrainian student says were caused by having his hands bound for a long time in fishing line.
ECHR puts off examination of Sentsov & Kolchenko vs. Russia essentially for political reasons
Earlier reports that the European Court of Human Rights had restored the ‘priority status’ assigned to the case of Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko were, as suspected, premature. One mistake was rectified, yet the Court is still refusing to consider the men’s applications until it has examined Ukraine’s intergovernmental case against Russia over Crimea.
Telling the truth about Stalin and the Great Terror gets historians arrested in Russia
Although Yuri Dmitriev and Sergei Koltyrin are purportedly facing ‘non-political’ charges, it was no accident that, after Koltyrin’s arrest, a public discussion on the subject both men were involved in, was cancelled. Documenting the crimes and the perpetrators of Stalin’s Terror has become dangerous in Putin’s Russia .
‘Open Russia’ activist could face 6-year sentence in first criminal prosecution for membership of ‘undesirable NGO’
Although the arrest of Anastasia Shevchenko appears part of a general attack on Mikhail Khodorkovsy’s Open Russia NGO, it presents a dangerous precedent with ramifications for other NGOs defending human rights in Russia and occupied Crimea
Abducted Ukrainian hostage was likely tricked by Russian FSB pretending to be his Internet ‘girlfriend’
Pavlo Hryb was just 19 when he was abducted by the FSB from Belarus after going there, he thought, to meet a young woman he had met, and fallen in love with, on the Internet.
Putin’s billionaire crony under sanctions for Crimea gets huge grant ‘to fight corruption’
A business owned by Russian oligarch Arkadiy Rotenberg has ‘won a tender’ worth 46 million roubles for holding ‘anti-corruption measures’ in 20 regions of Russia
Russia bulldozes vast amounts of food while tens of millions live below the poverty line
It is three and a half years since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the destruction of food products ‘smuggled’ into Russia despite Moscow’s ban on such imports in retaliation for western sanctions. Despite widespread outrage over the move when tens of millions are living below the poverty line, the barbaric destruction has continued unabated. .
Ukrainian political prisoner jailed for fictitious ‘attack on Crimea’ disappears in Russia
It is three weeks since Yevhen Panov’s family received any information about the recognized political prisoner’s whereabouts
Russia has been taking Ukrainians hostage since 2014. Now they’ve seized an American
Little is known about the arrest in Moscow of US citizen Paul Whelan. Enough, however, to see disturbing similarities with Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko in 2016
Unending solitary confinement for Ukrainian hostage seized in Crimea & tortured in Russia
Ukrainian political prisoner Valentin Vyhivsky has been held in a Russian punishment cell for the last 10 months in appalling conditions and without any telephone contact with his family
Kremlin’s Ukrainian political prisoners ordered to pay a million in ‘compensation’ for invented crimes
This is just the latest grotesque twist to what has been called Russia’s “most monstrously falsified trial of Ukrainians”. It comes at a time when concerns about Klykh’s mental health after the torture he endured are compounded by worries that he may be suffering from cancer.
Ukrainian lawyer who went to Russia to get medicine for his child sentenced to 8 years for ‘spying’
A court in Nizhny Novgorod has sentenced Ihor Kiyashko to eight years’ maximum security imprisonment for supposed ‘spying’ and military contraband, all allegedly for Ukraine’s Security Service.
Court in Russia allows FSB Chief to whitewash Stalin’s Terror
A Russian court has rejected a suit brought against Alexander Bortnikov over his claim, as Head of Russia’s FSB [security service], that mass executions during Stalin’s Terror were “local excesses”.
Critic of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine gets 3.5 year jail sentence
A court in Moscow has sentenced 37-year-old Denis Bakholdin to three and a half years’ imprisonment for allegedly belonging to the legal Ukrainian organization Right Sector while in Ukraine. The prosecution had claimed that Bakholdin had gone to Ukraine to take part in the war in Donbas “to harm the interests of the Russian Federation”.
Russian Ombudsperson claims “public demand” for law jailing for ‘disrespect of authorities’ on Internet
At least one of the recent legislative initiatives, which could jail for expressing ‘open disrespect of the authorities’ on the Internet, has received public approval from Putin and been described as in response to ‘public demand’ by Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsperson