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12.11.2018

Ukrainian court orders that rights activist persecuted in Russia for pro-Ukraine views be granted asylum

This was the latest of several cases where Russians facing persecution solely or in part because of their support for Ukraine have run up against the Ukrainian Migration Service’s unwillingness to notice Russia’s aggression against Ukraine or evident political motivation, but who have found justice with the courts | detail

Visits 311
08.10.2018

Fighter for Ukraine savagely beaten after being treacherously handed over to Russia

Timur Tumgoev, who was illegally handed over to Russia on 12 September, has reportedly been savagely beaten up in a Russian detention unit [SIZO] and is threatened with a sentence of up to life imprisonment | detail

Visits 2904
22.09.2018

Lutsenko admits asylum seeker who defended Ukraine in Donbas was handed over to Russia “by mistake”

A week after Ukraine flouted international law by forcibly returning an asylum seeker who had fought for Ukraine in Donbas to Russia, the Prosecutor General’s Office has admitted that it “may have been handed Timur Tumgoev over to Russia’s FSB by mistake”.  This is an about-turn from Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko’s attempts to justify the move, parroting Russia’s unsubstantiated claims about Tumgoev | detail

Visits 1967
13.09.2018

Ukraine hands asylum seeker Timur Tumgoev over to FSB to face certain torture in Russia

In their zeal to hand a Russian citizen over to a country holding at least 70 Ukrainians prisoner on politically motivated grounds, the Ukrainian authorities also lied in order to separate Timur Tumgoev from his lawyer | detail

Visits 2145
03.09.2018

Inept lies after Ukraine illegally hands journalist & Erdogan critic over to Turkey

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office has shifted from total denial of any part in handing journalist Yusuf Inan over to Turkey on July 12, to claims that this was an extradition in full accordance with Ukrainian law.  There are strong grounds for believing that the latter is also not true, and that Inan was given no chance to appeal against his enforced return to a country where he faces imprisonment on questionable charges | detail

Visits 1174
25.07.2018

Russian asylum seeker whom Ukraine helped send back to Russia convicted of ‘extremism’ for criticizing Putin

Although it was Belarus that extradited Russian opposition activist Vladimir Yegorov to Russia, this was only because Ukraine’s Security Service had first flouted both Ukrainian and international law by simply dumping Yegorov, who had applied for asylum in Ukraine, on the border, leaving him no choice but to cross into Belarus. | detail

Visits 1041
03.05.2018

Ukraine refuses asylum to journalist facing persecution in Kazakhstan

Ukraine’s Migration Service has refused to explain to Detector Media why it rejected Kazakhstani journalist and opposition activist Zhanara Akhtmet’s request for asylum.  Simply claiming that the information is ‘confidential’ and contains personal data will not do given the serious grounds for believing that Akhmet will face persecution if forcibly returned to Kazakhstan.  | detail

Visits 891
19.04.2018

Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader: If Ukraine extradites Chechen refugee to Russia, I could be next

Yet another asylum-seeker facing torture and persecution if forcibly returned to the Russian Federation has had his application for refugee status rejected by Ukraine’s Migration Service. | detail

Visits 848
24.03.2018

Security in Ukraine of the victims of persecution by the Russian state. A brief view of the matter

Due to numerous systematic violations of human rights, Ukraine cannot be considered a “safe country of origin” and “safe third country”. | detail

Visits 1065
21.03.2018

Ukraine refuses asylum to a Tatar facing certain persecution in Russia for his faith

Ukraine’s Migration Service has turned down Ildar Valiev’s application for asylum, even though he could face imprisonment in Russia on charges identical to those which Russia is using to illegally imprison Ukrainian Muslims in Crimea. | detail

Visits 1080
15.03.2018

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

Visits 1525
09.03.2018

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

Visits 1067
05.12.2017

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

Visits 4433
03.11.2017

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

Visits 2010
24.10.2017

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

Visits 1924
16.10.2017

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

Visits 2199
11.10.2017

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

Visits 1544
25.09.2017

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

Visits 2648
07.08.2017

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

Visits 5287
28.06.2017

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

Visits 6434
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