In Memoriam: Stefaniya Shabatura
Stefaniya Shabatura, artist, former member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group and political prisoner has died after a long illness. She was 76
How amendments to the Penal Code are (not) working
Oleksandr Bukalov from Donetsk Memorial reports that amendments to the Penal Code which allowed life prisoners to have long visits are still encountering resistance from the Penitentiary Service
European-style Police Force: Strategy for Reform
For the first time in 18 years the government has adopted a package of proposals for reforming the Interior Ministry, and most importantly a Police Reform Development Strategy written by human rights activists
In Memory: Yevhen Sverstyuk 1928 – 2014
We mourn together with family and friends the passing of Yevhen Sverstvyuk, Ukrainian writer, thinker and civic figure, a man who spent years in the Soviet labour camps for his commitment to truth and to Ukraine and who became a moral beacon for very many in Ukraine and beyond.
Russians against sending (more) troops into Ukraine but support ‘republics’
According to the latest Levada Centre opinion poll, 55% of Russians expect renewed military action in Donbas, but 58% are against Russian forces being deployed. Most blame EuroMaidan for the current crisis in Ukraine
Why are Germans asked if they support annexation?
In a recent ‘opinion poll’ 39% of Germans proved ready to recognize Russia’s demonstration of contempt for international law in annexing the Crimea, and ignorant or indifferent to the flagrant violations of human rights committed since Russia’s invasion.
’Last Address’ Project Aims To Honour Victims Of Soviet Repression
A Russian civic initiative to install commemorative plaques to the victims of Soviet repression at the homes where they lived before they were executed or sent to perish in the Gulag is about to be launched
Savchenko Case: No legal grounds, no evidence and total distrust in Russian justice
A deputy from the St Petersburg Legislative Assembly has condemned the political case against Nadiya Savchenko and said that it compounds total distrust in the Russian law enforcement system.
In Donbas protests against militant rule – and hunger - mounting
The Kremlin-backed militants in Sverdlovsk have come up with pitiful amounts for public sector workers following the angry protests by over a thousand residents last week.
Execution for ‘Spying’, ‘Desertion’ or for a Ukrainian Flag?
With rule already based on denunciations, violence, and intimidation, and with social unrest mounting, the military ‘three-man courts’ with the power to impose death sentences are another chilling reminder of the worst Soviet methods and clearly aimed at terrorising the population
Mustafa Dzhemiliev: The sacrifice was not in vain
"The Heavenly Hundred through their deaths prevented the death of many other people. And Ukraine took a step forward. Thanks to such acts society consolidate and a nation emerges. Please note how we have united, regardless of origin or faith. We all say that we are Ukrainians"
Continuing attack on Crimean Tatar Mejlis and Crimea Foundation
A court in Simferopol has imposed massive fines on the Crimea Foundation and its director in what the latter calls the latest step in a politically-motivated attack aimed at destroying the Foundation.
Lustration law to face Constitutional Court scrutiny
Supporters of the recent lustration law have slammed the decision by Ukraine’s Supreme Court to seek judgment on the law’s constitutionality. Their suspicions as to the motives of those courts which oppose the law may be shared, however so too are concerns about the law in question
Foul Desecration of Monument at Babyn Yar
This attack at the site of a terrible Nazi crime comes just days after prominent Ukrainian Jewish organizations warned of the need for vigilance, calm and unity in the face of a dishonest propaganda campaign around anti-Semitism in Ukraine and likely attempts at provocation
Most Russians believe information war is against Russia
Around 80% of Russians believe that Ukraine on the one hand, and the USA and western countries on the other are waging an information war against Russia. Only 12% often read information which gives a version of events in Ukraine which differs greatly from that on Russian television and other federal media
G20 Putin Pack: Russian Offensive against the Crimean Tatars
Who else could achieve a return to the worst forms of Soviet repression in less than 9 months? Why is Vladimir Putin’s only response to the disappearances and abductions of Crimean Tatars a claim that it’s all news to him?
Crucial Compensation Ruling over EuroMaidan Detention
A court has awarded three Dnipropetrovsk EuroMaidan activists 50 thousand UAH each in compensation for wrongful arrest and detention. The two judges who copy-pasted numerous detention orders have been found in breach of their oath
Kuban ‘federalization’ activist to receive asylum in Ukraine
Ukraine’s Migration Service looks set to provide refugee status to Viacheslav Martynov, one of three Russian activists placed on Russia’s List of Extremists and Terrorists for planning a peaceful march in support of greater federalization for Kuban
Ukrainian Citizens and Russia’s Political Prisoners
In a letter otherwise devoid of real content*, Russia’s Prosecutor General has inadvertently admitted that Oleg Sentsov and three other Crimean opponents of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea are Ukrainian citizens
More Russians aware that their sons are being sent to fight and die in Ukraine
The latest Levada Centre survey has found that 13% would support their sons fighting for the Kremlin-backed militants in eastern Ukraine, while two thirds (68%) would try to stop them going. The question is, however, misleading, as parents are often not given the choice, as an increasing number of respondents have understood