Ukraine is putting persecuted journalist’s life in danger

“If I am killed or kidnapped or extradited to Azerbaijan in the near future, all responsibility lies with the Ukrainian authorities”.   Azerbaijani journalist Fikret Huseynli had serious grounds for making this sombre warning, and for asking bitterly how he has deserved such appalling treatment from Ukraine.  He is not the only journalist whose freedom, or life, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General is endangering for reasons so unclear that it is hard to exclude the possibility of direct collusion with the Azerbaijan authorities. | detail

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Sinister attempt in Ukraine to arrest / abduct opposition Azerbaijani journalist Fikret Huseynli

An attempt was made in Kyiv on March 5 to detain Fikret Huseynli, a journalist working in exile for an opposition channel, and facing a baffling ‘extradition check’ in Ukraine.  Huseynli received political asylum and later citizenship in Holland and there is no way that Ukraine can legally extradite him to Azerbaijan.  The events on 5 March, however, compound concern that an attempt could be made to abduct him, and hand him over to the Azerbaijani authorities.. | detail

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Russian who defended Ukraine in Donbas driven out to face imprisonment in Russia

Yulia Tolopa, a Russian who fought for Ukraine in one of the first volunteer battalions back in 2014 and whose small daughter is a Ukrainian citizen, is being forced out of Ukraine despite the strongest of grounds for fearing her persecution in Russia.  The situation is insultingly absurd since she can only obtain the document confirming her lack of a criminal record demanded by Ukraine’s Migration Service if she crosses into Russia, where she faces immediate arrest because of her support for Ukraine.. | detail

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Ukraine refuses to free journalist & asylum seeker facing persecution in Kazakhstan

It was because of Zhanara Akhmet’s criticism of the Kazakhstani regime that she faced prosecution in her own country and sought asylum in Ukraine, together with her small child. That alone should have precluded her initial detention, but did not, and now a second court has rejected the application from an MP and prominent human rights activist to release the journalist on their guarantee and remanded her in custody for 60 days. | detail

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Detention or Abduction? Another blogger & asylum-seeker detained in Ukraine

Kazakhstani blogger and activist Zhanara Akhmet has become the latest of at least three journalists and activists from post-Soviet countries to be detained by the Ukrainian authorities in the last six weeks. She has made disturbing allegations about what looked much more like an attempted abduction, than supposed compliance with yet another Interpol Red Notice.   | detail

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Journalist facing persecution in Azerbaijan detained in Ukraine

Fikret Huseynli, a journalist working from Dutch exile for the opposition TV Turan channel, was detained on October 14 at Kyiv’s Boryspil Airport. Since one of the charges against him is of ‘illegally crossing the border’ when he left Azerbaijan in 2008, the question yet again arises of what checking procedure Interpol uses before issuing Red Notices | detail

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Outrage over Ukraine’s detention & possible extradition of persecuted Uzbek journalist Narzullo Akhunjonov

PEN International has added its voice to concerns expressed in Ukraine and by the Committee to Protect Journalists over the detention and possible extradition of Uzbek journalist and poet Narzullo Akhunjonov, whose very life would be in danger if forcibly returned to Uzbekistan and who is seeking political asylum in Ukraine | detail

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Journalist facing persecution in Uzbekistan detained after seeking asylum in Ukraine

There are compelling grounds for assuming that 51-year-old Narzullo Akhunjonov would be in danger if forcibly returned to Uzbekistan and that the charges against him are linked to his journalist activities | detail

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Ukraine helps Russia imprison an opposition activist for criticizing Putin

There are very many unanswered questions as to how Russian opposition activist Vladimir Yegorov came to be taken by Ukrainian officials to the border and told he had been refused asylum in Ukraine.  The questions need answers since Yegorov has now been remanded in custody back in Russia, almost certainly for his criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin and opposition activities. | detail

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Ukraine wants to extradite Russian who refused to kill Ukrainian soldiers

A Russian who was forced by the FSB to fight against the Ukrainian Army in Donbas and who surrendered voluntarily to Ukraine is now in danger of being extradited to Russia. The supposed criminal charges against Vladimir Radyuk have almost certainly been concocted to secure the forced return of a person who can provide vital testimony about Russia’s military aggression in eastern Ukraine | detail

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Putin critic living in Ukraine seized, tortured and jailed in Russia

Denis Bakholdin, a Moscow activist and opponent of Russia’s war against Ukraine has been found in a Russian SIZO, or remand prison, three months after he disappeared in Kyiv. Little is known about how he came to be there, with this and the apparent use of torture chillingly reminiscent of stories of how Ukrainians have come to be in Russian detention . | detail

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UN rights watchdog stops Ukraine from extraditing asylum seeker to Russia

The UN Human Rights Committee has ordered the Ukrainian authorities to halt extradition of Timur Tumgoev to Russia, pending consideration of his assertion that he would face torture if forcibly returned | detail

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Why would INTERPOL & Ukraine help Russia seize another political prisoner?

Ildar Valiev, a Kazan Tatar has been placed in detention in Odesa because Russia wants to imprison him on identical charges to those it is using against 19 Crimean Muslims, four of whom have already been declared political prisoners. | detail

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Ukraine re-arrests asylum-seeker in danger if extradited to Russia

A Ukrainian court has ordered the detention, pending extradition, of Shakhban Isakov, an asylum-seeker whom Russia wants to prosecute on the same dubious charges as those Russia has brought against two renowned Crimean Tatar leaders, both Ukrainian MPs | detail

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Court blasts Ukraine’s Migration Service, orders it to grant Russian Maidan activist asylum

Sergei Anisiforov’s battle for asylum in Ukraine has ended in victory three years after he was injured on Maidan and even honoured for his part in Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity. In a hearing on February 22, the Odesa District Court of Appeal addressed blistering criticism at the Odesa branch of Ukraine’s Migration Service and gave it until the end of March to provide Anisiforov with refugee status | detail

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Ukraine’s Security Service’s strange collaboration with Russia in its political persecution of opponents

Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] appears to be collaborating with its Russian FSB counterpart even where there are strong grounds for believing that FSB interest in Russian citizens living in Ukraine is as politically motivated as its persecution of Ukrainians in occupied Crimea and Russia | detail

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How could Ukraine forcibly return a Maidan activist to Russia?

Sergei Anisiforov has just had the latest application for asylum rejected by the Ukrainian Migration Service despite different courts agreeing that the Russian would be in danger if forced to return. Ukraine’s Migration Service, most incredibly, appears to still be collaborating with the Russian authorities. | detail

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Ukraine’s SBU abducts asylum seeker, takes her by force to Russia

Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] have illegally seized a 26-year-old woman who had just applied for asylum in Kharkiv and forcibly taken her to Russia in a move which human rights activists have called treachery and which suggests a baffling degree of collaboration between Russia and Ukraine’s security services | detail

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Russian activist persecuted for ‘Putin Mask’ seeks political asylum in Ukraine

Roman Roslovtsev, the courageous Moscow activist challenging Russia’s draconian anti-protest legislation has had enough, and is planning to apply for political asylum in Ukraine. | detail

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76-year-old Russian on trial for peaceful protest granted asylum in Ukraine

Vladimir Ionov has been granted political asylum in Ukraine, eight months after he was forced to flee likely imprisonment for peaceful protest in Russia under the draconian new anti-protest laws | detail

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