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21.02.2017

Ukraine’s Security Service and Human Rights

At present the Security Service of Ukraine [SBU] is at the same time a security service and a law enforcement body.  Nowhere in the civilized world do security services carry out law enforcement activities. Their purpose is to gather information within the framework of competence defined by law. | detail

Visits 1935
06.02.2017

Police & prosecutors accused of protecting Maidan murder suspect from justice

A journalist investigation has highlighted disturbing police and prosecutor links which may explain the baffling downgrading in the charges against Yury Krysin, who took part in the killing of journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during the bloodiest days of Euromaidan in February 2014. | detail

Visits 679
25.01.2017

On the Competition for the Post of Head of the National Police

A brief outline of the first stages of the competition | detail

Visits 190
14.01.2017

Top anti-corruption post for persecutor of well-known Ukrainian human rights activist?

The likely appointment of Dmytro Rudenko to a top post in Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau has appalled many rights activists who remember his active role in the persecution of Vinnytsa human rights activist Dmytro Groysman. It raises questions also as to how he came to be appointed head of the Khmelnytsky National Police back in May 2016. | detail

Visits 1358
30.11.2016

Half the Berkut officers deployed against EuroMaidan activists remain police officers

Three years after the savage dispersal on Nov 30, 2013 of young students on Maidan, none of the Berkut officers directly involved have been convicted, and some are continuing to work in the police. The reason in many cases for the lack of progress lies not in the investigators, but in sabotage by the courts | detail

Visits 1291
21.11.2016

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

Visits 1479
15.11.2016

Accusations flying as police head resigns, leaving contentious deputy in charge

Khatia Dekonoidze has resigned as Head of National Police seemingly in frustration at limited scope to carry out real reform and political interference. She also says that Vadim Troyan, now Acting Head, is not politically independent and therefore unsuited to the post. These are not the only concerns about Troyan’s suitability for high police posts. | detail

Visits 2123
25.10.2016

Sharp Reversal by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General on Investigating Maidan & Yanukovych Crimes

Ukraine’s recently appointed Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko looks set to destroy an investigative body which has finally made progress on investigating crimes linked with Euromaidan, and the families of Maidan victims and lawyers representing them are outraged. | detail

Visits 3909
24.10.2016

Police Officers Charged Over Brutal Killing of Detainee Could be Released on Bail

Two of the three police officers facing charges over the death of 32-year-old Oleksandr Tsukerman who was beaten and fatally shot while in handcuffs are now facing less serious charges on the grounds that it was not their savage beating that killed the young man, but shots | detail

Visits 1158
27.09.2016

Interior Minister accused of hate speech against those forced to flee Donbas

Vostok-SOS and other civic organizations have reacted with anger to remarks made on Friday by Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s Interior Minister regarding Ukrainians displaced by the fighting in Donbas | detail

Visits 2457
26.09.2016

Fighting corruption the Ukrainian way: new elements

Overview of the activities of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and of the difficulties it encounters when carrying out its functions | detail

Visits 989
14.09.2016

Police Reform

Press conference on the results so far, plans and problems encountered | detail

Visits 760
27.08.2016

Horrific police killing elicits assurances of a shakeup & local fears of a cover-up

Three police officers are currently in detention after a 32-year-old man was beaten and fatally shot while in handcuffs in the early hours of August 24. | detail

Visits 2086
05.08.2016

Sinister Russian FSB attack on lawyers defending Crimean political prisoners

Russia has long demonstrated that journalists, civic activists and all those who express independent views are at risk in Russian-occupied Crimea. On Thursday, there was a disturbing indication that the lawyers representing political prisoners may also be in danger. | detail

Visits 2213
05.07.2016

Defending a national hero or dangerous extrajudicial methods?

The events on July 2 around the detention of former Aidar commander Valentyn Lykholit elicited widely divergent reactions and some worrying assumptions about what need not be considered in fighting ‘separatists’. | detail

Visits 1429
23.05.2016

An End to Sabotage of Maidan Crime Investigations?

Newly-appointed Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko has held a meeting with lawyers representing victims of crimes against Euromaidan. While it is definitely early days, the lawyers are obviously pleased at the moves Lutsenko has announced which may help to remove the sources of sabotage from within the Prosecutor General’s Office | detail

Visits 1290
29.04.2016

Suspected Euromaidan crimes no impediment for current Ukrainian police job

Anton Zazymko, who is facing serious charges over an attack by Berkut officers on Euromaidan activists, has held onto a renamed, but similar post in a National Police special forces regiment. In a move viewed with anger by lawyers representing Maidan victims, the Kyiv Court of Appeal upheld the original rejection of the application for his suspension | detail

Visits 1314
21.04.2016

Alarm bells ring as chief Maidan crimes investigator threatened with criminal charges

Civic activists and Euromaidan victims’ lawyers have sounded the alarm about a major offensive against Serhiy Horbatyuk and his special investigative department. Several criminal investigations have been initiated against members of the department and Horbatyuk could himself be facing criminal charges for alleged ‘negligence’. | detail

Visits 2294
21.04.2016

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General ‘loses’ data explaining why only anti-corruption whistleblower targeted

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau did not initiate criminal proceedings over flats obtained by Vitaly Kasko, a prominent reformer, anti-corruption campaigner and ex-Deputy Prosecutor General. This contradicts the impression given by the Prosecutor General’s Office which is seeking prosecution of Kasko, while claiming that data about the allocation of almost all other apartments has been ‘lost’. | detail

Visits 1678
15.04.2016

Selective prosecutions as weapon in Prosecutor’s war against reform?

The good news that ex-Deputy Prosecutor General Vitaly Kasko has not been remanded in custody cannot remove the deep concern that an attempt was made to jail an outspoken critic of corruption and stalled reforms. | detail

Visits 1644
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