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18.02.2008

Is it easy to gain refugee status in Ukraine?

Approximately 2 thousand 300 people have received refugee status since Ukraine declared independence. According to th UN High Commissioner for Refugees, this is a very small figures. What is the problem? | detail

Visits 1674
03.02.2008

UNHCR appalled by murder in Ukraine

The UN is asking the Ukrainian authorities to consider the possibility of a racially motivated attack in their investigation of the murder of a Congolese asylum seeker | detail

Visits 1548
03.02.2008

Ukraine gives political asylum to Russian journalist

Kosvintsev asked for political asylum at the beginning of February 2007. He stated that after a series of reports on alleged criminal links of the Governor of the Kemerovsk region, he had suffered persecution from the Russian law enforcement bodies | detail

Visits 1283
24.01.2008

No grounds for remanding Gangan in custody

The Zamostyansky District Court in Vinnytsa has rejected an application made by the Department for Fighting Organized Crime to take Mikhail Gangan whose extradition is sought by the Russian authorities into custody again | detail

Visits 1819
18.01.2008

A Headache of some benefit

The Russian authorities by hurtling across the border in pursuit of one politically out of sync young man, Mikhail Gangan, have presented Ukraine with an invaluable test and an opportunity to demonstrate its maturity to the world | detail

Visits 1534
11.01.2008

Russian asylum seeker released from custody

The Vinnytsa Regional Court of Appeal on Friday 11 January released Mikhail Gangan from custody as he is presently seeking asylum in Ukraine | detail

Visits 1623
11.01.2008

MIA working group to monitor conditions for Russian asylum seeker

The group of MIA specialists arrived in the Vinnytsa region on 11 January where they are to check that Ukrainian legislation and international standards are being observed with regard to Mikhail Gangan whose extradition is sought by the Russian authorities but who has asked for asylum in Ukraine | detail

Visits 1532
09.01.2008

Russian opposition leaders call on Yushchenko to intercede on Gangan’s behalf

The leaders of «The Other Russia» Garry Kasparov and Edward Limonov, as well as the politicians Vladimir Ryzhkov and Boris Hemtsov, have addressed an open letter to President Yushchenko asking him to ensure an unbiased review of Mikhail Gangan’s application for refugee status in Ukraine | detail

Visits 1655
08.01.2008

MIA has no plans to hand Gangan over to Russia

A Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesperson stresses that there can be no question of Mikhail Gangan’s extradition to Russia while his application for asylum is being processed | detail

Visits 2093
04.01.2008

Mikhail Gangan remanded in custody

A Vinnytsa court has allowed the police application to hold Mikhail Gangan, the activist from the National Bolshevik Party, which is banned in Russia. The detention is for 40 days while the issue of Gangan’s possible extradition to Russia is considered | detail

Visits 1691
02.01.2008

Young Russian political activist detained in Ukraine

The Vinnytsa Human Rights Group is calling on the Ukrainian authorities to allow Mikhail Gangan to apply for refugee status in Ukraine and stresses that it would be a violation of Ukraine’s international commitments were he to be extradited without being given this chance | detail

Visits 2180
29.08.2007

“Green card” for Lemma Susarov?

The Kyiv migration office has issued Chechen asylum-seeker Lemma Susarov with a document confirming his status as a person whose application for refugee status is being processed. The document is valid until 30 October 2007 | detail

Visits 1935
03.08.2007

Lawyer demands access to Chechen threatened with extradition to Russia

Lawyer Oleh Levytsky is calling on the Prosecutor General to allow him to see Lemma Susarov and to carry out an investigation into the extraordinary actions of prosecutor’s office staff in refusing a detained man access to a lawyer | detail

Visits 1271
15.05.2007

Crimean prosecutor’s office launches offensive against illegal migrants

One plan is to create a special database of illegal migrants. Human rights defenders fear that this could become a source of human rights abuses | detail

Visits 736
01.03.2007

Russian journalist Alexander Kosvintsev receives refugee status in Ukraine (updated and hopefully definite!)

A positive response to Alexander Kosvintsev’s application for political asylum has arrived from the Lviv department of the State Committee on National Minorities and Immigration | detail

Visits 1053
22.02.2007

Russian journalist Alexander Kosvintsev has been told that he is to receive refugee status.

Kosvintsev, regional correspondent for the newspaper “Novaya gazeta”* in the Kemerovsk region (Russian Federation) asked for political asylum in Ukraine on 6 February | detail

Visits 1038
16.02.2007

Ukrainian and Uzbekistan Authorities – crimes unpunished

Those responsible for the shameful deportation of eleven Uzbek asylum seekers from Ukraine remain unpunished, while in Uzbekistan the repression continues | detail

Visits 1176
09.02.2007

Russian journalist could receive “ordinary refugee status” in Ukraine

Russian journalist Alexander Kosvintsev, who has asked for political asylum in Ukraine, may receive ordinary refugee status, although admittedly with the wording “for political convictions”. This is since Ukrainian legislation does not have the status “political refugee”. | detail

Visits 1098
06.02.2007

Russian journalist in Lviv has asked for political asylum

Regional correspondent for the newspaper “Novaya gazeta”* in the Kemerovsk region, Alexander Kosvintsev, fled his home after accusations from the law enforcement agencies which he says were prompted by his journalist work | detail

Visits 1208
06.11.2006

Another deportation of an asylum seeker: Statement from Amnesty International in Ukraine

As was the case with the Uzbek refugees in February, human rights organizations were alerted when the deportation had already taken place. Strategies are clearly needed to ensure effective channels of communication so that such infringements are prevented. | detail

Visits 800
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