Crucial Maidan killings suspect released with courts accused of sabotage
Roman Zavorotny, who is accused of a key role in arming ‘titushki’ or paid thugs with police machine guns, was released from custody just after midnight on Sunday morning
First prison sentence for crimes against Euromaidan activists
A Kyiv court has sentenced Azis Tagirov to 4 years imprisonment for his role in an attack on Automaidan activists and an abduction, while Ramil Islamli received the same four years but with a three year term of probation. The two ‘titushki’ were part of a Kharkiv gang led by Tavakul Ragimov, a police officer now in hiding
Political PR & sabotage instead of real investigation on eve of 2nd Maidan anniversary
Attempts by Ukraine’s leaders to imitate decisive actions around the anniversaries of Euromaidan pose a real threat to proper investigation and significantly increase the likelihood of cases collapsing at trial level, or resulting in unwarranted acquittals.
Ukraine’s only trial over Maidan killings under threat
The only trial so far underway of Berkut officers accused of gunning down Maidan protesters in February 2014 is in danger of ending in mistrial, while other investigations are being obstructed in part because the same people responsible for violations during Euromaidan are still now in positions of authority.
Police & judges accused of impeding prosecution of crimes against Euromaidan activists
On the same day that the Head of the special department investigating Maidan crimes spoke of constant obstruction from current police officers, former Berkut officers and judges, a court has allowed Anatoly Logvinenko, an ex-Berkut officer accused of grave crimes, to remove his electronic bracelet
Another person charged with Euromaidan crimes allowed to escape?
A second person accused of grave crimes against Euromaidan activists has gone missing after a controversial decision to free him pending trial. Tavakkul Ragimov, a CURRENT police officer, was released from custody in July this year despite objections from the prosecutor and victims’ lawyers
Ex-Security Service chief in custody over Euromaidan killings
Oleksandr Shcheholev, the former head of the Kyiv SBU [Security Service] has been remanded in custody for two months on charges relating to the killing of Euromaidan activists
Outrage over plan to name police unit after victims of Euromaidan
The civic initiative Euromaidan SOS has reacted swiftly to plans by the Interior Ministry to name a law enforcement unit after Nebesna Sotnya – those killed during the Euromaidan protests.
So who doesn’t want justice for Euromaidan victims?
A key suspect, charged with crimes against Euromaidan activists, has failed to appear in court just over a week after he was released from custody. If he has fled, this will be the second time that a high-profile suspect has vanished after a controversial court ruling. In the meantime, the trial has finally begun of two former Berkut officers accused over the gunning down of 39 Maidan activists
Russia demands payment for secret shipment of weapons against Maidan
So what was on the plane from Russia, organized with unprecedented speed on Feb 19, 2014, the day before unarmed protesters were gunned down on Maidan and why was all information about the flights classified as secret in both Ukraine and Russia’?
High-ranking Berkut officer charged over Euromaidan killings
A police lieutenant colonel, working in the police force until his arrest this month, has been remanded in custody in what lawyers representing Euromaidan victims or their families call the most significant arrest so far
Euromaidan: A Year of Impunity and what went wrong
Euromaidan SOS and other civic organizations and lawyers have issued a damning report of the lack of progress in investigating crimes against Euromaidan activists, and identified systemic failings that urgently need to be rectified. .
Ex-Berkut officer on trial over AutoMaidan ambush
A first court hearing is due on April 30 in connection with the Berkut riot police ambush of Automaidan activists in Jan 2014. Only one officer has been charged, although the names of those who took part in the beating up of activists and smashing of their cars are known. So too are their current positions in the police force
Ex-Berkut officers arrested on suspicion of involvement in Maidan killings
The three men, who were all still working in the Interior Ministry, one in a managerial post, were former members of the Kharkiv regional Berkut, and have now been remanded in custody
No Questions Asked? Court Releases Tetyana Chornovol’s Attackers
15 months after Tetyana Chornovol, then a EuroMaidan activist and well-known journalist, was savagely beaten and left for dead on the side of the road, two of the men arrested appear to have been convicted of the attack, but released from custody.
Maidan, one year on: Pride, pain and determination
On the first anniversary of the bloodiest day of the EuroMaidan protests, civic activists, lawyers and others will be gathering on Maidan with a clear message to Ukraine’s President Poroshenko and parliamentarians. If you want us to believe that the authorities will never gun down peaceful protesters again, then ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court!
Activist arrested in Crimea accused of hurting Berkut officer during Kyiv’s EuroMaidan
Alexander Kostenko has been remanded in custody for two months by a Crimean court on charges linked with EuroMaidan protests in Kyiv last February before Russia’s invasion of Crimea. His is the first such arrest, but judging by the Russian-installed ‘prosecutor’s’ website, unlikely to be the last
Against Real Fascists: Remembering Stas Markelov & Nastya Baburova
Well-known human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and 25-year-old Anastasia Baburova who was finishing journalism studies and working for Novaya Gazeta were gunned down in Moscow on January 19, 2009.
Controversial closed hearing in trial of Veremiy murder suspect
Civic activists are outraged over the decision to hold the latest court hearing in the case against one of the men charged over the murder of journalist Viacheslav Veremiy behind closed doors
A Modest First Court Sentence over EuroMaidan
A former traffic police officer was sentenced on Wednesday, Dec 10 over his part in the overt persecution of AutoMaidan activists during the EuroMaidan protests. Both the prosecutor and the court, however, seemed intent on avoiding any evidence demonstrating that the orders came from much higher.