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20.03.2016

Far-Right homophobic thugs attack LGBT Equality Festival in Lviv

The Equality Festival events planned for this weekend in Lviv have been disrupted and the activists effectively – and with violence – driven out of the city. The police did not detain any of the young far-right thugs in masks who first harassed activists, then surrounded the hotel and attacked a coach with Equality Festival activists. | detail

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08.12.2015

Prosecuted in Russian-occupied Crimea for photos with a Ukrainian flag

Iryna Kopylova. a pro-Ukrainian activist in Russian-occupied Crimea, is due in court on Dec 15 for having photographed herself with a Ukrainian flag. Veldar Shukurdzhiyev would be in court too, but the officer made a mistake on the protocol and is now trying to intimidate him into backdating a falsified version | detail

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16.10.2015

Ukrainians detained for ‘Extremism’ in Russian-occupied Crimea

Police and ‘anti-extremist’ squads were on high alert in Russia-occupied Crimea on October 14, Day of the Defender in Ukraine, surrounding the monument to Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko which Ukrainians had laid a huge number of flowers at during the night and detaining members of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre | detail

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15.08.2015

Odesa Pride 2015 Festival opened and immediately attacked

Around 30 individuals hurled fire crackers at the opening of the Odesa Pride 2015 Festival on Saturday afternoon. The men were masked, but are reported to have been wearing clothes patches saying Ultras Odessa (the name of right-wing and nationalist soccer fans | detail

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14.08.2015

No Lessons Learned: Odesa Court bans LGBT March

Instead of organizing measures to protect participants, the Odesa City Council and police have persuaded the court to ban the Equality March planned by the LGBT community as part of the Odesa Pride 2015 Festival | detail

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06.06.2015

Activists collect money to help police officers injured protecting Equality March

(Update) Five police officers were injured during Saturday’s Equality March and 10 participants in the march were injured when attacked by masked thugs, presumed to have been from the same far-right parties, after they moved away | detail

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22.05.2015

Embroidery Day in Crimea: Detention, Interrogation & Ghoulish Threats

A flash mob to mark Ukrainian Embroidery Day in Russian-occupied Crimea resulted in 4 Ukrainian activists and 3 journalists being detained, interrogated for 5 hours and having their fingerprints taken. When asked why the fingerprints were needed, the officers replied that this is in case “something happens to you tomorrow. Headless bodies get found here”. | detail

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30.03.2015

‘Convicted’ in Russian-occupied Crimea of holding a Ukrainian Flag

Crimean Tatar national movement activist Kurtseit Abdullayev has been sentenced to 20 hours community work for holding a Ukrainian flag with the words “Crimea is Ukraine” at the peaceful meeting on the anniversary of Taras Shevchenko’s birth | detail

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16.03.2015

‘Prohibited’ and ‘extremist’? New detentions over Ukrainian Ribbons

Leonid Kuzmin and Oleksandr Kravchenko, sentenced by a Simferopol court on March 13 for a Ukrainian flag and ribbons, proved that they would not be cowered on Saturday. Ominously, this time they were taken to the ’Centre for Countering Extremism’ | detail

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13.03.2015

Crimean Court Finds Ukrainian Flag a “Prohibited Symbol”

The organizer and two participants in a peaceful action marking the 201st anniversary of the birth of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko have received corrective labour sentences and the organizer, Leonid Kuzmin, is also threatened with dismissal. | detail

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10.03.2015

Ukrainian Flag on Shevchenko Anniversary is now ‘extremist’ in Crimea?

One year after Russia’s invasion of Crimea, Ukrainians who gathered in Simferopol to mark the 201st anniversary of the birth of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko were detained by Russian police and taken to a local police station. On their release, one of the three unfurled a Ukrainian flag and said that it was this that the police thought ‘extremist’. | detail

Visits 3551
19.12.2014

As if Maidan had never happened: Kharkiv court bans peaceful protest

The Kharkiv City Council has yet again applied to the court for a ban on a protest action in the centre of the city, and a Kharkiv court has once again obliged. The reason given was one commonly used for the nearly wholesale bans on demonstrations during Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency | detail

Visits 2314
20.08.2014

Remembrance of Victims of Stalinism and Nazism banned in Simferopol

The Simferopol authorities have refused to allow Crimean Tatars to hold their traditional remembrance gathering to mark European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism on Aug 23. They claim that this is because of the hot weather. | detail

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15.08.2014

“Corrective work” for peaceful protest in support of Mustafa Dzhemiliev

One of the people who took part in non-violent protest on May 3 against the ban on veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemiliev entering Crimea is now facing a sentence of ‘corrective labour’. | detail

Visits 2317
11.07.2014

Crimea occupation regime toughens peaceful assembly rules

The puppet government in the Crimea has adopted a law imposing new rules on holding protests and other mass actions on the peninsula. The law largely follows the analogous Russian law and considerably narrows the rights of Crimean residents | detail

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23.06.2014

Crimean Tatar Flag Day event also banned

Just over a month after the occupation regime went all out to prevent the remembrance events marking the seventieth anniversary of the Deportation, the Simferopol City Council has refused to allow events to mark Crimean Tatar Flag Day from being held in the centre of the city | detail

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13.04.2014

Kharkiv: Pro-Russian thugs beat up peaceful protesters (updated)

About 50 people were injured after people demonstrating their support for Ukraine’s unity were attacked from all sides by a few hundred young men with St George ribbons, bats, sticks and stun grenades | detail

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23.03.2014

Kharkiv unity rally cancelled as fears rise of separatist provocation

In Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv pro-Russian, separatist and also pro-Yanukovych rallies took place on Saturday, and there are fears that Sunday’s rallies could lead to violence. | detail

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20.02.2014

Real Measures from Democratic Countries needed now

The text below was written as an appeal to the heads of all European Parliament factions, asking them to support a permanent observer mission to Ukraine. The information also, I hope, explains why targeted sanctions and other active measures now are vitally needed to restrain Ukraine’s leaders and prevent further bloodshed | detail

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19.02.2014

Blood and Berkut Sniper Bullets on the President’s Hands

The following are just a few of the day’s events that strip any regime of its legitimacy. More will become clearer over the coming days and weeks. Time however is not on Ukrainians’ side now that Yanukovych, doubtless buoyed – or bound – by yesterday’s 2 billion loan from Russia has chosen bloodshed. | detail

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