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01.12.2020

Alibi confirmed of man whose arrest for a child’s murder triggered appalling anti-Roma riots

A second forensic test has confirmed that Mykhailo Chebotar has an alibi for when he is accused of murdering an eight-year-old child. The young man has been in custody since his arrest in August 2016 was used as a pretext for shocking anti-Roma riots in Loshchynivka (Odesa oblast). | detail

Visits 330
01.12.2020

Important move by ECHR merges Dutch case against Russia over MH17 with Ukraine’s case over aggression in Donbas

The European Court of Human Rights’ Grand Chamber has decided to combine Ukraine’s interstate case against the Russian Federation over its actions in eastern Ukraine with two other cases, most importantly, that brought by the Netherlands against Russia over the downing by a Russian BUK missile of Malaysian airliner MH17 | detail

Visits 447
30.11.2020

New offensive against wife of Crimean prisoner of conscience sentenced to 12 years for converting to Islam

This new visitation only confirms the suspicion that Anna Bogacheva’s husband, Vadim Siruk, an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, was targeted by the occupation regime as an ethnic Ukrainian convert to Islam. | detail

Visits 1018
30.11.2020

Russia sentences Ukrainian political prisoner to 10 years after abducting him from Donbas

A Russian court has sentenced Oleksandr Marchenko to 10 years’ imprisonment, despite the evidently flawed nature of the charges against him and his consistent account of torture inflicted by Russian-controlled militants in eastern Ukraine before being abducted to Russia | detail

Visits 1086
27.11.2020

Total impunity for Ukrainian politician suspected of involvement in killing of journalist Serhiyenko

On 25 November, Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Court revoked a ruling against former MP Hennady Bobov over his failure to list an incredible 124 million UAH worth of his own and his wife’s assets | detail

Visits 604
27.11.2020

Russian prevented from appealing against 9-year sentence for supporting Ukraine

In August 2020, Vladimir Domnin was sentenced in Russia to 9 years’ imprisonment for supporting Ukraine in the conflict in Donbas | detail

Visits 533
26.11.2020

Hague Court rejects Russian MH17 defendant’s attempt to endlessly investigate ‘alternative versions’

The pre-trial stage is now over, and the charges against three ’former’ Russian FSB and military intelligence officers, as well as one Ukrainian militant, will be examined on their merits from 1 February 2021 | detail

Visits 1037
26.11.2020

Ukraine charges judges with treason over persecution of Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov

Ukraine’s Crimean Prosecutor has passed to the court indictments against two turncoat ‘judges’, involved in Russia’s politically-motivated persecution of Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader, Ilmi Umerov | detail

Visits 577
24.11.2020

Model concentration camp deployed in Russia for Putin regime’s rewriting of history

A replica concentration camp for schoolchildren has been built in Karelia (northern Russia), with the first kids due to be taken there for a ‘patriotic weekend’ in December | detail

Visits 1131
24.11.2020

Ukrainian political prisoner: “I didn’t come to Moscow on a tank. You came to me in Crimea”

Russia’s FSB have accused 63-year-old Oleh Prykhodko of planning serious terrorist attacks, yet they stopped searching his two garages after ‘finding’ explosives in the first garage and saw no need to check why the phone Prykhodko used was registered in somebody else’s name | detail

Visits 1256
23.11.2020

No end to Russia’s revenge for Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity

If Russia’s protection of suspected Maidan killers can be seen to have a political objective, the motive behind the ongoing persecution of Ukrainians involved in the Maidan protests seems solely about revenge. | detail

Visits 1150
23.11.2020

Russia instils ‘patriotism’ in occupied Crimea with automatic rifles and propaganda

Air pistols; automatic rifles; sniper and air rifles have been purchased for the Artek children’s camp in occupied Crimea, with this Russia’s latest criminal use of weapons to attract Crimean children to the occupiers’ army and to inculcate a war-focused notion of ‘patriotism’ | detail

Visits 3332
20.11.2020

Ukrainian prosecutor hurries to acquit judge who persecuted Maidan activists

After almost four years of dragging out the trial of Viktor Kytsiuk, a judge involved in the persecution of Automaidan activists, the Ukrainian prosecutor and court have suddenly begun moving with breath-taking speed | detail

Visits 1437
20.11.2020

Forcibly disappeared Crimean Tatar activist ‘summoned’ to appear at Russia’s grotesque trial of Mustafa Dzhemilev

A Russian-controlled court in Armyansk has ordered that Ervin Ibragimov be forcibly brought to the court to give testimony, four years after the Crimean Tatar activist was abducted by men in Russian road patrol uniform and disappeared without trace | detail

Visits 1088
19.11.2020

Crimean Tatar political prisoner with dangerous Covid-19 symptoms thrown into punishment cell

45-year-old Teymur Abdullayev has a high temperature and other symptoms associated with coronavirus, yet instead of being taken to hospital, he has been placed in a Russian punishment cell where the conditions are especially appalling | detail

Visits 1053
19.11.2020

ECHR slams Ukraine for failing to acknowledge and punish religious hate crimes

The European Court of Human Rights issued three separate judgements on 12 November, all of which find that Ukraine violated its citizens’ rights by failing to investigate and punish the perpetrators of religious hate crimes | detail

Visits 836
18.11.2020

Abandoned mines in the Russian proxy Donbas ‘republics’ threaten environmental disaster

Disastrous environmental consequences are becoming increasingly evident beyond occupied Donbas due to the flooding of at least 39 mines in the self-proclaimed and Russian-controlled ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republic’ | detail

Visits 959
17.11.2020

Court in Ukraine revoke’s Yanukovych’s arrest warrant over Maidan killings

The Kyiv Court of Appeal has revoked an arrest warrant against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych over charges linked with the gunning down of peaceful protesters on Maidan in February 2014 | detail

Visits 1190
17.11.2020

Former political prisoner takes Russia to court over torture conditions in Crimean prison

The chances of a Russian-controlled ‘court’ finding in favour of Kazim Ametov are remote, but this shocking case caused the death of 83-year-old Crimean Tatar veteran activist Vedzhie Kashka, and came close to killing two other political prisoners, and Ametov’s suit is certainly well-founded | detail

Visits 931
16.11.2020

140 Crimeans sentenced for refusing to serve in the Russian occupiers’ army

26-year-old Alim cannot return to his family in Russian-occupied Crimea because he is unwilling to do military service and swear allegiance to the aggressor state | detail

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