Ukraine to answer to ECHR for five years’ sabotage of Maidan investigations
Five years after the bloodiest days of Euromaidan, the families of the slain [Nebesna Sotnya] are planning to seek justice at the European Court of Human Rights
Former top Security Service official charged over Khmelnytsky Maidan killings
Viktor Kraitor, the former head of the SBU [Security Service] in Khmelnytsky has again avoided detention, although he is facing serious charges over his role in the fatal shooting of local Maidan activists on 19 February 2014
33 Maidan crime suspects still work in law enforcement bodies, 10 in high positions
Five years after the Euromaidan protests began in Ukraine, ten men suspected of crimes against Maidan activists hold managerial posts in the enforcement bodies, while a further 23 are low-ranking officers. The number of convictions remains fairly small (52), with only nine people sentenced to periods of imprisonment.
Key evidence against Maidan killers in danger of being destroyed
The Kyiv authorities have done nothing to enable vital investigative experiments to be carried out in order to establish exactly where the shots that killed Maidan activists were fired form and within a month it could be too late as major construction work is planned.
Judge heavily implicated in persecuting Maidan activists chosen for trial of ex-President Yanukovych
The presiding judge in the trial by absentia of fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych gained notoriety during Euromaidan for knowingly unwarranted rulings against peaceful activists. Most worryingly, this is probably no oversight, but a quite deliberate choice of judge.
Why is Lutsenko trying to destroy the only department truly investigating Maidan crimes?
Lawyers representing the families of slain Euromaidan activists have warned that current and future investigations into crimes against Maidan activists are in jeopardy with the danger, most frustratingly, coming from Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko.
Judge who let ringleader of Maidan journalist’s savage murder go free resigns to avoid dismissal
Oleh Linnyk, the judge who passed a suspended sentence on Yuri Krysin for his direct role in the savage beating and murder of journalist Vyacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan, has ceased to be a judge of the Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv, after resigning ahead of a High Council of Justice session where a call for his dismissal was scheduled to be heard.
Maidan activist arrested on suspicion of killing Berkut police on the bloodiest day of protests
Ivan Bubenchyk, the Maidan activist and veteran of the war in Donbas who was reported to have told a journalist in 2016 that he had shot and killed two Berkut special purpose police officers during Euromaidan has been arrested on suspicion of two murders and one attempted murder.
Thug leader who got suspended sentence for savage killing of Maidan journalist detained on new charges
Yuri Krysin, the head of the ‘titushky’, or hired thugs involved in killings, abductions and attacks on Euromaidan activists, has been remanded in custody on charges which could carry a 10-year sentence. The development comes three months after Krysin’s extraordinarily light four-year suspended sentence for his part in the savage beating and murder of Vesti journalist Vyacheslav Veremiy on 19 February, 2014 aroused outrage both in Ukraine and abroad
Russia protects suspected Maidan killers “for reasons of national security” while abducting Maidan activists
Russia is continuing to deny any involvement in events in Ukraine from Euromaidan to the war in Donbas. Yet it cites concern about “national security” as its reason for rejecting requests to extradite or even just interrogate former Ukrainian Berkut officers, some of whom are suspected of having taken part in the gunning down of unarmed Maidan activists
All judges dismissed for persecution of Maidan activists likely to be reinstated
Ukraine’s Supreme Court has begun reinstating judges who were dismissed for breach of oath in connection with their politically motivated rulings against Euromaidan activists. The number of such judges to have ever faced these or other disciplinary measures was always low, and it now appears that all 19 of those dismissed will probably win their appeals.
Bitter questions as Ukraine’s leaders wax rhetorical about Maidan
On this fourth anniversary of the bloodiest days of Euromaidan, only one person is serving a real sentence for crimes against Maidan activists, and virtually all of the investigations are facing sabotage. Euromaidan SOS founder, Oleksandra Matviychuk is not alone in finding the breast-beating pathos and empty promises from Ukraine’s leaders obscene.
Real danger that Yanukovych would win against Ukraine in European Court over trial for Maidan killings
The chief investigator into Euromaidan-related crimes has warned that failings in legislation on in absentia trials could result in any convictions against former President Viktor Yanukovych being quashed. Such warnings have been made since the law was passed and Serhiy Horbatyuk is not alone in suspecting that there are some who find it convenient to retain doubts about the legitimacy of any trial and conviction.
From persecuting Maidan activists to letting their killers go free
Public anger remains high over the extraordinarily light sentence passed on Yury Krysin for his role in the savage killing of Maidan journalist Viacheslav Veremiy. Details about the judge’s role in persecuting Maidan activists and an apparent attempt to keep the ruling secret have only compounded suspicions that Krysin has protectors within the law enforcement system
Suspended sentence for the savage murder of Maidan journalist Viacheslav Veremiy
The first and only trial so far over the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan has ended in a four-year suspended sentence with a two-year probation period passed on Yury Krysin for his undisputed part in the killing. Judge Oleh Linnyk from the Shevchenkivsk Court in Kyiv, ignored the prosecutor’s call for a six-year prison sentence, and found him guilty only of ‘hooliganism’, with his alleged repentance and two underage children given as mitigating circumstances.
New Italian film claiming ‘Saakashvili snipers’ on Maidan debunked
Both the BBC and StopFake have scrutinized the latest media allegations regarding the gunning down of Maidan activists and found them flawed and suspect. The claimed link with former Georgian President and aspiring rival to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko goes back a long way, but could have been pulled out now so as to later use the recent unlawful expulsion of some Saakashvili associates as supposed ‘proof’ that Ukraine’s leaders have something to hide.
Four years on and only one real sentence for crimes against Maidan
On the fourth anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity, or Euromaidan, only one person is serving an actual prison sentence for crimes against Maidan activists, and President Petro Poroshenko seems poised to sign a disastrous bill which could force the termination of most Maidan investigations.
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
Poroshenko must veto law that will terminate most investigations into Maidan crimes & corruption
If Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs a law just passed by the Verkhovna Rada, the Special Investigations Department will be forced to terminate all investigations into unsolved crimes committed during Euromaidan, however serious. The adopted amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code [CPC] would have similar consequences for corruption and other criminal investigations, including that hanging over Andriy Lozovy, the MP who proposed the amendment.
Sentence to silence Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov on trial for words he didn’t utter
Russia’s trial on openly falsified charges of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov has reached its squalid end, with the real aim likely to be reflected in a ban on public activities, accompanying the demanded suspended sentence. No reversion to rule of law is anticipated, although the verdict is due a day after a UN monitoring report expressed exactly the same position on Russia’s illegal occupation of Ukrainian Crimea as that for which Russia has put 60-year-old Umerov on trial.