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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
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20.08.2019

Russia brings criminal charges for honouring victims of Stalin’s repression and tending their graves

Russian police have initiated two criminal prosecutions against Russian and Lithuanian activists taking part in an expedition, organized by the Perm Memorial Society to honour victims of Soviet repression and tend to their graves | detail

Visits 296
19.08.2019

Former Donbas militant leader admits ‘republics’ exist because of Putin and Russia

Alexander Borodai, one of the first leaders of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republics’ has admitted that without Russia’s military intervention, he and the other ‘insurgents’ would be dead | detail

Visits 1825
19.08.2019

Ukraine may extradite Kyrgyz man facing the same flawed charges as Russia’s Ukrainian political prisoners

Ukraine’s collaboration with the Kyrgyzstan authorities over Makhmudzhon Kholdarov would be especially incomprehensible as he is facing persecution on the same grounds as around 55 Ukrainian political prisoners arrested by the FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea. | detail

Visits 376
17.08.2019

How many deaths do you already have on your conscience?

On a ’hospital’ for prisoners, where those with serious illnesses receive no treatment, and where there may well be ’paying patients’ without any identifiable illnesses | detail

Visits 193
16.08.2019

Barbaric excavations underway at Sandarmokh in Russia to rewrite history about the Terror

New excavations are underway at the Sandarmokh Clearing in Karelia which holds the last remains of thousands of victims of the Great Terror of 1937 | detail

Visits 1412
16.08.2019

Life sentence for a crime somebody else admitted to

Mykola Slyvotsky has spent 16 years in prison for two murders that he is adamant he did not commit | detail

Visits 379
15.08.2019

Notorious judge awards ex-Yanukovych aide millions in damages from Ukraine

Andriy Portnov, a former adviser to ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and First Deputy Head of his Presidential Administration, has been awarded almost seven million UAH in damages purportedly inflicted upon his reputation by the Ukrainian authorities | detail

Visits 697
15.08.2019

Student imprisoned for ‘liking’ pro-Ukrainian social media posts in occupied Luhansk

Serhiy Rusinov, a young student from Luhansk, has been imprisoned for over a year in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’, with the charges against him and his ‘sentence’ probably due to his pro-Ukrainian views | detail

Visits 586
14.08.2019

By renewing water supplies to Crimea, Ukraine would make Russia’s illegal occupation permanent

Attempts by the Russian occupation regime to initiate ‘negotiations’ with Ukraine over water supplies to Crimea have received unequivocal response from Ukrainian public figures, including the Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Refat Chubarov, and the President’s Representative on Crimea, Anton Korynevych. | detail

Visits 1105
14.08.2019

Russian defender of Kremlin’s Ukrainian hostages arrested on notorious anti-protest criminal charges

Russia has begun arresting people under an internationally-condemned law which effectively criminalizes peaceful protest and, typically, the latest victim is Konstantin Kotov, a young Russian who has tirelessly defended the ever-rising number of Crimean Tatar and other Ukrainian political prisoners | detail

Visits 539
13.08.2019

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General accused of crushing only effective Maidan crimes investigative body

Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko has closed part of the Special Investigations Department responsible for the only progress made to date on prosecutions for crimes against Maidan activists | detail

Visits 489
13.08.2019

Russia reverts to Stalin-era ‘confessions’ and insane charges in occupied Crimea

As was the case during the Soviet Terror of the 1930s, no actual crimes are required, since the FSB had long developed methods of obtaining ‘confessions’ to the most wildly implausible of charges | detail

Visits 1060
12.08.2019

First court victory in Ukraine against illegal SBU abduction & deportation of Georgian linked to Saakashvili

Two years after Mamuka Abashidze was abducted and forcibly deported to Georgia, the Sixth Court of Appeal in Kyiv has ruled that Ukraine’s Security Service acted illegally in banning him from the country | detail

Visits 697
12.08.2019

EU is preparing to refuse recognition of Russian passports illegally issued to Donbas residents

The EU is reportedly drawing up plans for a coordinated EU policy of non-recognition of Russian passports issued to the residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Eastern Ukraine | detail

Visits 736
09.08.2019

Crimean Tatars sentenced to 12 and 17 years on ‘terrorist charges’ without being accused of a crime

Both the Memorial Human Rights Centre and Human Rights Watch point to Russia’s use of ‘terrorism’ charges without any terrorism as a weapon against Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea | detail

Visits 1234
09.08.2019

Zelensky claims he dismissed illegal Head of President’s Administration Bohdan in response to huge petition

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has ‘responded’ to a petition demanding the dismissal of his highly controversial Head of the President’s Administration, Andriy Bohdan by claiming that he has already dismissed him | detail

Visits 828
09.08.2019

Edem Bekirov’s life is in danger, yet Russia continues torturing him

The only result of the cruel court farce in Simferopol on 8 August was that 58-year-old Edem Bekirov was held for 11 hours without food or water, despite the obvious danger to life that this caused a person with diabetes and a serious heart condition. | detail

Visits 561
08.08.2019

Russia releases Ukrainian abducted & tortured for a ‘confession’ discrediting Crimean Tatar leaders

The fact that Oleksandr Steshenko was freed suggests that he was only really needed for a televised ‘confession’ which was tortured out of him and gave a wildly implausible story aimed at discrediting the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and its leaders | detail

Visits 756
07.08.2019

Ukrainian far-right C14 win ‘defamation’ suit over rightly being called neo-Nazi

‘C14’, a Ukrainian far-right group, considered by most experts to be neo-Nazi, has won a defamation suit against Hromadske TV over the latter’s description of it as neo-Nazi in a tweet | detail

Visits 1207
07.08.2019

Poland’s Government uses ‘Public TV’ as a propaganda tool to win the elections. Will the EU react?

Poland may be in the European Union, but its public television broadcaster, TVP, is using techniques we are more accustomed to seeing on Kremlin-funded Russian television | detail

Visits 1059
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