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15.07.2016

Controversial Ukrainian blogger / journalist Kotsaba freed after 18 months in prison

Ruslan Kotsaba, a controversial blogger and Ukraine’s first Amnesty International prisoner of conscience in 5 years, has had his conviction and 3.5-year sentence for supposed obstruction of the Ukrainian Armed Forces quashed. He was released in the courtroom after over 18 months held in detention | detail

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11.07.2016

Crimean journalist placed on Russian ’List of Terrorists & Extremists’ for an article

Disturbing details have emerged of the KGB-level surveillance used against Mykola Semena, the Crimean journalist charged with ‘public calls to violate Russia’s territorial integrity’ over a text supporting the Civic Blockade of Crimea. Semena has also been added to the Federal ‘List of Terrorists and Extremists’. | detail

Visits 3226
30.06.2016

Kremlin Donbas Proxies launch Russian-style ‘fight against Ukrainian extremism’

While Russia continues, without any credibility, to deny its undeclared war against Ukraine, the Kremlin’s proxies in Donbas are introducing measures to ‘combat the ideology of extremism and terrorism’ copied straight from the Russian original. | detail

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29.06.2016

Stark warning of Soviet-style dangers for Ukrainians visiting Crimea

Ukrainian volunteer Natalya Vashchenko advises any Ukrainians travelling to Russian-occupied Crimea to be extremely careful, to avoid any comments on social networks or unnecessary conversations. Her recent experiences with the FSB make her advice well-worth heeding | detail

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17.06.2016

Chief Editor of Last Independent Crimean Publication Arrested

Details have emerged, but very little clarity, regarding the arrest on June 14 of Alexei Salov, Chief Editor of the Internet publication Argumenty Nedeli – Krym – the last reasonably independent media source remaining in Russian-occupied Crimea. | detail

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09.06.2016

’Decommunization’ in Ukraine Carried Out Using Communist Methods

Ukrainian historian Georgiy Kasyanov is critical of the ‘decommunization laws’ signed into force a year ago. He points to the lack of public consensus and to the communist style in which an official narrative is being foisted on the public, with dissenting views literally outlawed. | detail

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08.06.2016

Putin makes it easier to brand any group in Russia or occupied Crimea a ‘foreign agent’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law widely believed to be aimed at destroying civil society altogether. Only corrupt public officials in Russia and Russian-occupied Crimea will be celebrating since the new definition of ‘political activity’ now in force makes it much harder to criticize them. | detail

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01.06.2016

Crimean Tatar journalist accused of ’extremism’ & incitement for call to help children

Lilia Budzhurova has received a formal warning of “the inadmissibility of extremist activities” 6 days after writing a moving appeal to show solidarity and support for children whose fathers are in custody in Russian-occupied Crimea on fabricated charges | detail

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25.05.2016

Ukrainian journalist who twice confronted Putin targeted by Myrotvorets Centre vigilantes

Instead of closing down as promised after a previous scandal, the contentious Myrotvorets website has published a new list, this time ‘exposing’ journalists working in Russia. Those it accuses of ’collaboration’ include UNIAN’s Roman Tsymbalyuk who has for two years running asked extremely hard-hitting questions of Vladimir Putin about Russia’s aggression against Ukraine | detail

Visits 4798
17.05.2016

KHPG Statement on the Events Linked with the ‘Myrotvorets’ Site

The publication on the Myrotvorets site of information about people who had received ‘accreditation from the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DNR] aroused heated debate in Ukraine regarding the legitimacy of the move and the invasion into the privacy of the people whose information was posted | detail

Visits 1157
13.05.2016

Ukrainian blogger gets long sentence for expressing contentious views

Ruslan Kotsaba, a controversial Ivano-Frankivsk journalist and blogger, has been convicted of obstructing the legitimate activities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces by producing a video in which he set out his opposition to mobilization. The Ivano-Frankivsk court did, however, acquit him of the more serious, and absurd, charge of ‘state treason’ | detail

Visits 2261
13.05.2016

Russia-Backed Authorities Block Access to RFE/RL’s Crimea Website

Pro-Russian authorities in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula have blocked access to RFE/RL’s Crimea news website, Krym.Realii. Web users in Ukraine, Russia, and Russia-annexed Crimea complained on May 12 that the site was inaccessible. | detail

Visits 964
12.05.2016

Outrage as Anti-Militant Website Publishes List of Journalists Working in Donbas

Ukrainian and foreign journalists are demanding that the controversial website Myrotvorets removes a list of journalists who have received ‘accreditation’ for work in areas under Kremlin-backed militant control. Accreditation in no way suggests support for the militants and many of these journalists have ensured publication of vital information, including about the downing of MH17 and war crimes | detail

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11.05.2016

5 years for a red flag? Controversial decommunization law used against Ukrainian veterans

The violent attempts by far-right activists to prevent Cherkasy veterans unfurling a communist flag on Victory Day took a curious turn on May 9, one that could result in Ukraine losing yet another case at the European Court of Human Rights | detail

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09.05.2016

Ukrainian anarchist accused of trying to overthrow the State with leaflets

If Ukraine’s Security Service had publicly warned that a tiny group of anarchists could be seeking to “destabilize the situation in the country”, they would have elicited a smile or two. Instead they initiated criminal proceedings, and on extremely serious charges. | detail

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02.05.2016

Crimean journalist faces 5-year sentence for ‘separatism’

Mykola Semena, a Crimean freelance journalist has been formally charged with making ‘calls to violate the Russian Federation’s territorial integrity’ and could face a 5-year sentence. The charges are under an article of the Russian Criminal Code introduced in May 2014, and are, as feared, being used to try to silence pro,test over Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea. | detail

Visits 3514
27.04.2016

Concern extends beyond Ukraine over suspect measures against journalist Savik Shuster

A journalist whose flight to Ukraine from freedom of speech restraints in Russia was widely publicized 11 years ago has suddenly been denied a work permit in Ukraine, and on highly questionable grounds. Who is behind this move is unclear, but nobody seriously believes the pretext given for the move, and that already does Ukraine’s reputation no good. | detail

Visits 3504
21.04.2016

Crackdown On RFE/RL’s Crimea Site Sparks International Condemnation

The latest clampdown on a Crimea news site run by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has drawn international condemnation, with the United States denouncing it as "the Russian government’s growing crackdown on independent voices" on the annexed peninsula. | detail

Visits 1429
20.04.2016

Russia to block vital Radio Svoboda Crimean Service, journalist could face 5-year sentence

Mykola Semena, a journalist now writing for Radio Svoboda’s Crimean Service, is facing charges of making ‘calls to violate the Russian Federation’s territorial integrity’ under a relatively new article of the Criminal Code long expected to be used to silence protest and truthful words about Russia’s annexation of Crimea. | detail

Visits 3789
15.04.2016

Ukrainian prosecutor insists it’s OK to assault anti-corruption journalists

The Kyiv Garrison Military Prosecutor’s Office has for the second time terminated a criminal investigation into overt obstruction of the work of anti-corruption journalists. Important as the original investigation into suspiciously expensive cars driven by SBU [Security Service] officials was, it might have been forgotten were it not for the prosecutor’s stubborn resistance to carrying out the promised criminal investigation | detail

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