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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
18.01.2019

‘Russian world’ supporters in shock as Moscow deports ‘Donbas republic’ propagandist to face trial in Ukraine

“Russia doesn’t abandon its own, it simply spits them out”, Olena Boiko said bitterly in a telephone interview given to a pro-Kremlin blogger from the train deporting her from Russia to Ukraine.  | detail

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17.01.2019

Charges against Crimean Tatar activist dropped after he was tortured and jailed for six months

The Investigative Committee in Russian-occupied Crimea has terminated criminal proceedings against Ismail Ramazanov almost a year after he was arrested, savagely tortured and held in detention for six months | detail

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02.01.2019

Russia ‘decriminalizes’ pro-Ukraine social media reposts in occupied Crimea. But only the first

Amendments have been made to one of Russia’s notorious ‘extremism’ charges used in many political prosecutions in Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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27.12.2018

Blogger who wrote of MH17 and Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine held prisoner in occupied Donetsk

Oleh Halaziuk’s imprisonment, and his writing in the face of real danger should be heeded by all those who assume that Ukrainians who remained in the Russian-controlled ’Donbas republics’ did so out of pro-Russian sentiments, or similar. | detail

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26.12.2018

Russian Ombudsperson claims “public demand” for law jailing for ‘disrespect of authorities’ on Internet

At least one of the recent legislative initiatives, which could jail for expressing ‘open disrespect of the authorities’ on the Internet, has received public approval from Putin and been described as in response to ‘public demand’ by Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsperson | detail

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11.12.2018

Russian state TV caught using fake ‘disillusioned Ukrainian Maidan activist’

Russia’s Pyervy Kanal has been caught using a Belarusian fake for a propaganda program aimed at proving that Euromaidan brought only hardship and suffering to Ukraine, and that Kyiv is trying to attribute its problems to “Russia’s mythical aggression”. | detail

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10.12.2018

Crimean Solidarity rights activist added to Russia’s List of ‘terrorists & extremists’ for a Facebook repost

21-year-old Gulsum Alieva, an activist from the Crimean Solidarity civic initiative and daughter of political prisoner Muslim Aliev, has become the latest – and youngest – Crimean victim of persecution to be added to Russia’s huge List of Terrorists and Extremists | detail

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29.11.2018

While the world watches Russia’s new offensive against Ukraine, it’s repression as usual in occupied Crimea

World headlines remain focused on Moscow’s aggressive lies about its attack on Ukrainian naval boats on 25 November and seizure of 24 naval officers. Repressive measures and hate speech against Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians appear to be much too ‘ordinary’ to get a mention | detail

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27.11.2018

No end to brutal torment of Ukrainian journalist sentenced for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea

Although Russia stopped short of actually imprisoning 68-year-old Mykola Semena for expressing his opposition to Russian occupation, the two-and-a-half year suspended sentence imposed still means that he is effectively imprisoned in Crimea and prevented from receiving urgently needed specialist medical treatment | detail

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26.11.2018

Russia bans Ukrainian journalist reporting on political prisoners from entering occupied Crimea

Russia’s FSB has banned Alyona Savchuk from entering occupied Crimea for 10 years, claiming that the young freelance journalist poses a threat to Russia’s defence capability, security or public order | detail

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23.11.2018

Crimean journalist & politician jailed on ‘extortion’ charges after criticizing United Russia party

Alexei Nazimov, the Chief Editor of a newspaper in Alushta in Russian-occupied Crimea, has been sentenced to nearly five years on ‘extortion’ charges probably linked with his criticism of members of the ruling United Russia party.  | detail

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08.11.2018

Russian language ‘moratorium’ slammed as against Ukraine’s Constitution & common sense

The Lviv and Zhytomyr Regional Councils have imposed a ‘moratorium’ on the public use of something referred to as ‘Russian-language cultural products’, with the fact that this term does not exist in Ukrainian legislation only part of the problems such a ban brings . | detail

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19.10.2018

Win a smartphone in Russia by denouncing neighbours for ‘extremism’

Anonymous denunciations of neighbours or workmates are no longer a bad memory from the Stalin era, but encouraged by the Putin regime in Russia, and in occupied Crimea | detail

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25.09.2018

Journalist resigns from pro-Russian Strana.ua over overt attempt to slur Oleg Sentsov

Valeriya Ivashkina, the journalist whose name was on a cynical attempt to defame Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, has announced her resignation from Strana.ua, expressing regret that she took part in the efforts to slur Sentsov’s name | detail

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21.09.2018

Russia occupies Crimea and deports Ukrainians for refusing Russian citizenship

Russia is treating Ukrainians in Ukrainian Crimea as ‘foreign migrants’.  Those who refused or were unable to take on Russian citizenship after Russia’s annexation of Crimea are systematically penalized by the occupation regime, with an ever-increasing number even deported | detail

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18.09.2018

Crimean Tatar added to Russia’s’List of Terrorists and Extremists’ for 2014 ‘anti-Russian’ social media reposts

Without any court verdict, Russia has added a young Crimean Tatar woman Elina Mamedova to its huge ‘List of Terrorists and Extremists’ over three social media reposts from 2014 and 2015.  She is one of five Ukrainians added to this list recently, all of whom are people whose prosecution has been condemned by the Crimean Human Rights Group as politically-motivated | detail

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14.09.2018

“Totally Orwellian” Russian ‘Anna Politkovskaya Prize’ for Ukrainian journalist accused of treason

Russia’s Union of Journalists has declared Kyrylo Vyshynsky, a Ukrainian journalist accused of treason for his propaganda support for Russia’s annexation of Crimea, its laureate for the ’Anna Politkovskaya Kamerton Award’, in a move condemned by one journalist as “plummeting the depths on a cosmic scale” | detail

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14.09.2018

Russia calls comment that Crimea is Ukraine a public call to violate RUSSIAN territorial integrity

FSB documents in the prosecution of Crimean Tatar activist Suleyman Kadyrov appear to be written by the same person as the ‘court’ rulings. This is only one of the features of a prosecution described by the defence as “fabricated from start to finish” | detail

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10.09.2018

Russian propaganda fakes ‘praise for Hitler’ by Ukrainian Speaker Parubiy

Russia has been caught brazenly fabricating a ‘scandal’ around invented praise of Adolf Hitler by Andriy Parubiy, speaker of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada.  Moscow probably doesn’t care, and a quick Google check will explain why | detail

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10.09.2018

Journalist sentenced for criticising Russia’s occupation of Crimea urgently needs medical treatment

A year after Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena received a two-year suspended sentence for an article opposing Russia’s occupation of Crimea, the 68-year-old is unable to receive acutely needed medical treatment for heart and spinal issues in Kyiv without special permission | detail

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