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Victims of political repression, News from the CIS countries

Kremlin-funded Sputnik Int. claims West criticizes Stalin to weaken Russia & its leadership

04.09.15 | Halya Coynash
An article on Russian state-funded Sputnik International asserts that criticism of the Soviet past, including Joseph Stalin, is part of a US and NATO attack on “today’s Russia and its leadership that is unwilling to bow before the West.”
News from the CIS countries

Russian court reduces illegal sentence passed on Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s son

04.09.15 | Halya Coynash
The sentence against Khaiser Dzhemiliev has been reduced from 5 to 3.5 years but the 33-year-old was taken to Russia illegally and should be handed over to Ukraine.
Prohibition of discrimination

Prohibited from discriminating against Crimeans

04.09.15
A Ukrainian court has finally seen the light, as well as the law, and has revoked a discriminatory ruling by Ukraine’s National Bank which made the life of Crimeans following Russia’s invasion and occupation even harder.
Politics and human rights

Oppose Russian tyranny with your pen!

03.09.15 | Halya Coynash
50 years ago Ukrainian poet Vasyl Stus, Viacheslav Chornovil and others demonstrated their opposition to tyranny and to politically motivated arrests. That opposition is needed again. Please help show Ukrainian prisoners held by Russia and the Russian authorities that they are not forgotten
Dissidents and their time, News from the CIS countries

Remembering Vasyl Stus, a voice raised against tyranny

03.09.15 | Halya Coynash
On September 4, 2015 it will be 30 years since the death in the Perm-36 labour camp of Vasyl Stus, Ukrainian poet and human rights defender. The anniversary and Stus’ refusal to remain silent whatever the price are of especial poignancy in the face of Russia’s mounting repression, including with respect to the Ukrainians it is holding prisoner
News from the CIS countries

Beslan: 11 years without answers

03.09.15
It is 11 years since Russian federal troops stormed School No. 1 in Beslan where over 1100 children, teachers, parents and grandparents of children had been held hostage since the morning of Sep 1. 186 children and 145 adults were killed, most during the storming, in which tanks and heavy artillery were deployed
Victims of political repression, We remember

Death of Vasyl Stus

02.09.15 | Vasyl Ovsiyenko, prizewinner of V. Stus prize

In the night from September 3 to 4 of 1985, in the solitary confinement of the “Institution ÂÑ-389/36” in Kuchino village of Perm Region died Vasyl Stus – a human rights activist and a poet. At that time I was in the 20th cell of the “institution” that’s why I consider it my civil and human duty to testify about the circumstances and causes of his death.

Against torture and ill-treatment

If the Crimean occupiers can’t get you, they’ll go for your elderly mother

02.09.15 | Halya Coynash
(Updated) The authorities in Russian-occupied Crimea are unable to subject Stanislav Krasnov, commander of the Krym Volunteer Battalion, to the same politically-motivated trial and sentence as his friend and fellow Maidan activist Oleksandr Kostenko. In his absence, they are subjecting his elderly mother to searches and interrogations
News from the CIS countries

Russia pays UK law firm for ‘help’ in inquiry over murder of Kremlin critic

02.09.15
The Russian taxpayer is to foot the bill for legal services in the UK regarding the murder of Kremlin whistleblower Alexander Litvinenko which the British police is convinced was carried out with the involvement of the Russian state
News from the CIS countries

Baku Court Jails Journalist Ismayilova For 7 1/2 Years, Sentence Condemned

02.09.15
An Azerbaijani court has sentenced investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova to 7 1/2 years in prison after convicting her on charges that rights groups have called retribution for her reports on corruption involving senior government officials
Politics and human rights

“A Grenade thrown at Ukraine”

01.09.15 | Halya Coynash
The clashes on Monday were over highly divisive amendments to the Constitution, but it is not, as has been claimed, the Constitution that is bloodstained, but those far-right politicians and their supporters willing to use violence, including a grenade and firearms. at a crowded demonstration
News from the CIS countries

New offensive against Russian poet convicted over poem in support of Ukraine

01.09.15 | Halya Coynash
Russia’s ‘anti-extremism squad’ has again descended on Alexander Byvshev, the poet and former school teacher who was convicted in July of ‘inciting enmity’ over a poem in which he expressed his opposition to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
Politics and human rights

Putin’s Ilovaisk Treachery Forgotten?

31.08.15 | Halya Coynash
The Presidents of France, Germany and Russia marked the first anniversary of the Ilovaisk Massacre in which Russian President Vladimir Putin played a fatal role by backing “a new ceasefire”. Perhaps it would have been undiplomatic to mention Putin’s murderous treachery, but wise to keep it in mind.
News from the CIS countries

In Putin’s next show trial, Ukrainians are cast as Chechnya separatist fighters

31.08.15 | Halya Coynash
The problem with Russia’s imminent trial of another two Ukrainian hostages is not only the lack of any evidence, but the fact that Russia is in all seriousness accusing the men of alleged support for separatists in the Russian Federation while heavily manning, arming and funding militant proxies in eastern Ukraine.
Deported peoples

More Crimean Tatar disappearances or deadly skirmish in Russian-occupied Crimea? (updated)

31.08.15
Two of the three Crimean Tatar men who disappeared over the last week were found dead after the initial report here of their disappearance.

  

Articles

Russia’s Sentsov – Kolchenko case - "an absolutely Stalinist trial"

Halya Coynash
The prosecutor has demanded 23 years for Sentsov, 12 for Kolchenko in a case with no crime and where all evidence was obtained through torture. Russian human rights activist Zoya Svetova likens this to Stalinist repression, not a court trial

‘Separatism’ in Lviv – For Money and Russian Propaganda

Halya Coynash
Western leaders putting pressure on Ukraine to accede to Russian demands and offer the so-called ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics’ autonomy would be well-advised to notice all the other parts of Ukraine which, according to Russian media, are also demanding self-rule.

New attempt to keep Nadiya Savchenko trial secret

Halya Coynash
Russia is insisting on holding the trial of captured ex-pilot Nadiya Savchenko in a Russian city bordering the area of Ukraine under Kremlin-backed militant control. There are no legitimate grounds for this move which will seriously hinder access to the trial, and could, Savchenko believes, put her mother and sister in danger

Moscow’s Kafkaesque ’Ukrainian Spy’ Cases

Halya Coynash
Two Ukrainian nationals, one elderly and in poor health, have been held in Russian detention now for almost a year on mystery spying charges. The degree of secrecy, intimidation and insistence that both men only see lawyers provided by the investigators arouse serious concern that the men’s nationality is the main ‘incriminating’ factor.

Arrest a Ukrainian – Russia’s Investigative Committee will do the rest

Halya Coynash
Serhiy Litvinov crossed the border into Russia to get treatment for an inflamed tooth, and found himself taken into a forest and tortured until he confessed to multiple crimes, allegedly ‘proving’ the Russian Investigative Committee’s accusations against Ukraine of ‘genocide of the Russian-speaking population’ and illegal warfare

The Law and Crimean Tatars held hostage in Russian-occupied Crimea

Halya Coynash
Ali Asanov has not seen his fourth child who was born in June, two months after Asanov was remanded in custody in Crimea on unprovable charges linked with a pre-annexation demonstration over which Russia has no jurisdiction

On Police Reform

Yevhen Zakharov
A brief description of the changes due to take place this year in the Ukrainian police force