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

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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How can Ukraine turn away friends fleeing persecution in Russia?

While Ukraine’s leaders actively protest against Russia’s political trials of Ukrainians, politically motivated charges against Russian nationals are cited as reasons for rejecting asylum requests | detail

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Well-known Russian actor fights for right to stay in Ukraine

Sergei Anisiforov, 45, gave up a successful career as a TV and film actor in Russia to participate in Ukraine’s Maidan. Now he is part of the Odessa Maidan self-defence forces, but he is also battling the Ukrainian Migration Service for the right to remain in the country legally | detail

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Russian tried for picket in support of Savchenko seeks refuge in Ukraine

Russian civic activist Irina Kalmykova has been forced to flee Russia where she was facing the same charges over totally peaceful protest that resulted in a three-year prison sentence for Ildar Dadin. Like 76-year-old Vladimir Ionov, Iryna and her 14-year-old son have come to Ukraine, and are clearly in need of asylum. | detail

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Seeking Asylum In Ukraine, Russian Dissidents Get Cold Shoulder

Amid a deepening Kremlin crackdown on dissent, more than 200 Russians who have fallen afoul of the authorities in their country have fled to Ukraine since the beginning of 2014, according to the Ukrainian State Migration Service. | detail

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How can Ukraine claim it’s safe to send opposition activists back to Russia?

Incredibly, given the ongoing imprisonment of Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko and other Ukrainians, as well as long sentences passed on Russians for peaceful protest, Ukraine’s migration service is still claiming that Russia is a democratic country to which activists can be returned. | detail

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Solidarity & asylum needed as Russians face persecution for opposing aggression against Ukraine

There is strong evidence that the draconian sentence against Ildar Dadin was in part because of his support for Ukraine, while Rafis Kashapov is serving a 3-year sentence for opposing Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The list of those facing persecution in Russia for a pro-Ukrainian stand is rapidly increasing, and there can be no excuse for Ukraine’s authorities to send activists back. | detail

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Ukrainian Refugees Say Russia Not So Welcoming Anymore

Hundreds of Ukrainians who fled to Russia from the fighting at home in eastern Ukraine could soon be out on the streets after Moscow in November adopted tougher new rules for the refugees. | detail

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Bemused anger as Poroshenko vetoes vital law for people forced to flee their homes

In yet another blow to the huge number of Ukrainians forced to flee their homes in Crimea and Donbas, President Petro Poroshenko has vetoed a law lobbied by groups working with displaced people and human rights NGOs | detail

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Crimean’s right to vote in local elections recognized, 1.5 million others disenfranchised

(Updated) In a vital, but belated victory, Crimean Yakiv Vityuk has won the right to vote in Ukraine’s local elections on Sunday. Up to one and a half million Ukrainians, forced from their homes in Crimea or Donbas, have, however, been denied this constitutionally guaranteed right..  | detail

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